Don Torline had a remarkable life’s journey. Don spent many years in Macomb County as a gifted leader and President of Baker College, Mount Clemens. He was known as a compassionate humanitarian volunteering his time and receiving numerous community service and leadership awards, ultimately serving as president of Mount Clemens Rotary Club. However, many did not know that Don came from humble beginnings. He had an impoverished, rough and tumble childhood, had a caring coach who changed the trajectory of his life, and persevered through the difficulty of raising a young family, working full-time and attending college on the GI Bill as a Vietnam veteran.
The Mount Clemens Rotary Foundation – Don Torline Scholarship Fund encourages all applicants who need funding for higher education expenses to apply. Special consideration will be given to those Macomb County students who exemplify Don’s commitment to non-traditional learners: returning to education after life circumstances, having work and family responsibilities, or serving the community including through military service. The focus will be on those interested in careers in education and business, along with those displaying an aptitude for bringing people together to improve our local community.
Applicants can be applying for, accepted for, or already enrolled in, a college-level degree program or vocational certified program, must be a resident of Macomb County, and must be able to provide legal documentation of residency upon request. Previous award winners may reapply, but will not receive priority placement when being considered against current year applicants. Don Torline scholarships are granted to candidates on the basis of satisfactory evidence of their achievements, dedication, volunteer activities and financial need.
For 2023, we will provide two Mount Clemens Rotary – Don Torline scholars with $2,000 scholarships.
A copy of the application can be found at the following link: