William “Bill” Lake Memorial Scholarship Fund

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William “Bill” Lake Memorial Scholarship Fund

Bill’s father, Lewis, saved his entire life to honor his only son who passed at the age of 16. Bloomingdale High School graduates receive generous scholarships due Lewis’ drive to honor his son.


William “Bill” Lake Memorial Scholarship Fund
c/o Allegan County Community Foundation
112 Locust Street
Allegan MI 49010
Phone: 269.673.8344
The William “Bill” Lake Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Bill Lake.

William “Bill” Lake was the son of Lewis and Doris (Morehead) Lake. Born in 1947, Bill grew up on the farm in Berlamont where his family had lived since 1839. Due to the Great Depression, Bill’s father had been unable to attend college. Bill planned to go to college to become an engineer. Bill was a good kid, a good citizen – and a good, but not a great – student. He liked to hunt and fish and as a farm boy, he learned how to work. He liked Johnny Cash, cars, and football. A few days before his senior year of high school began; Bill was injured in a tackling drill during football practice. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died two days later, on August 31, 1963, without regaining consciousness. The first day of the school year was cancelled for Bill’s funeral. Bill was an only child.

Forty-five years after he died, Bill’s father established this scholarship in his memory. Lewis Lake believed that a college education is a life-changing experience and he also believed that the world needs more engineers and scientists.

Eligibility – Applicants must be a graduating senior from Bloomingdale High School.

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