New WMO Endowment Fund

In September 2014, a new Wheatland Music Organization Endowment Fund was established within the Mecosta County Community Foundation (MCCF), a component of the Fremont Area Community Foundation. It was established to help support the Scholarship fundtoward traditional arts experiences for children, youth and adults statewide.  Wheatland’s Scholarship committee, made up of youth and adults, make award decisions based on greatest financial needs and potential for growth to preserve the traditional arts. The committee also determines awards from applicants to the Jenine Stickler Memorial Fund, another endowment held by MCCF.  A portion of the earnings from each endowment fund is distributed each year thereby continually growing the fund through reinvestment and additional donations.  Donations may be sent to Mecosta County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1012-C, Big Rapids, MI 49307 with the name of the Fund in the memo line.  Scholarship applications may be printed or downloaded from  or call 989-967-8879 and ask that one be mailed to you.



The Wheatland Music Organization, Inc. (WMO) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve as a regional resource center, and to preserve and present traditional music dance, arts and crafts. One of the ways that WMO meets this mission is through the Elyce Fishman Scholarship Fund and the Jenine Stickler Memorial Fund.

The purpose of the Elyce Fishman Scholarship Fund is to provide funding to enable residents,giving preference to children and adults from the mid-Michigan area, to enhance their growth and education in the areas of traditional music, dance, arts and crafts.  Traditional arts are learned person to person, passed from generation to the next, and influenced by culture, family, ethnicity, and era; they often represent a place or a group of people and can express the thoughts and feeling of a point in history.  Examples of traditional music are folk music, olde time, bluegrass, Cajun, French Canadian, blues, Great Lakes, and more.  Traditional dance styles may include clogging, Celtic, step-dance and more.  Puppetry and storytelling are examples of traditional performance art.  Traditional craft arts include stone building, pottery, basket making, quilling, quilting, bead work, spinning, wood carving and more.

The Blissfest Music Organization has given funds to the Elyce Fishman Scholarship Fund earmarked for traditional arts applicants from Northern Michigan or the Eastern Upper Michigan Peninsula area!

Download the Application package
(Be sure to read instruction at the bottom of this page.)


The Jenine Stickler Memorial Fund was established by friends and family to have a permanent and sustainable designated memorial fund in Jenine’s name – an endowment within Mecosta County Community Foundation that serves Mecosta, Osceola, Lake & Newaygo Counties.  The Jenine Stickler Memorial Fund earnings will be distributed by Wheatland Music Organization to help children or youth (ages 3-18) with demonstrated financial need to obtain art “tools and equipment” so they can take part in school, community, church and other personal pursuits.  Included might be acoustical musical instruments (violin, bass, piano, flute, etc.) or art supplies/equipment (dance shoes, a potters wheel, etc.).  Eligible children/youth would live, or attend school, in Mecosta, Osceola, Lake, Newaygo or Montcalm Counties.

Download the Application package
(Be sure to read instructions at the bottom of this page.)


Donations are gratefully accepted for both scholarship funds.  Please contact for details.

You can also download the donor form here: Donor Form


PDF Application Instructions:

Download and save the scholarship PDF-application, print it, fill it out and mail to:

Scholarship Committee
c/o Wheatland Music Organization
PO Box 22
Remus, MI  49340

To save the application to your computer:

1.     With the application opened, either click on “Save as” under File in the menu at the top of your browser window, or click on disk icon in the PDF window

2.     When the “Save a Copy” window opens, browse your computer to select the place you would like to save the file and click “save.”

3.     Locate the file on your computer and open it.

4.     Type your information in the fields on the application.  BE SURE TO GIVE IT A NAME AND SAVE IT!

5.     Once it is complete, print it out.

6.     Sign (if you are under 18 have your parent/guardian sign) then scan and email it to or mail a copy with the reference letters and other materials, if any, to the address above.  You may also scan and send reference letters electronically or mail them.