The Ladies’ Literary Club of Ypsilanti Michigan Foundation was created in 2000 to administer scholarship donation distribution. All donations are tax deductible. 

This year the Foundation was able to award scholarships to four young women.

The Sarah George Scholarship


The first Sarah George Scholarship of the Ladies’ Literary Club was awarded May 13, 1953, although the original fund was started in May 1928. It was established as a Student Loan Fund to honor Mrs. Sarah Wadhams George, a brilliant leader and twice president (1882-1883 and 1910-1912) of the club.

The Sarah George Scholarship is awarded to a young woman who is a graduate of the Ypsilanti Community Schools and will be attending Eastern Michigan University.

The 2021-2022 Sarah George Scholarship winner is Tosh’ja Couch.

Joan Willoughby Scholarship


The Joan Willoughby Scholarship was established in 1999 with a grant from Dr. Robert Willoughby in memory of his wife, a dedicated and beloved club past president. The scholarship is for an area high school graduate or nontraditional student pursuing a degree in the health care field from Washtenaw Community College.

The 2021-2022 Joan Willoughby Scholarship winner is Sabrina Rentenbach. 

Barbara Weiss Scholarship 


The Barbara Weiss Scholarship was established in the 2014-2015 club year to honor former club president and club and community leader Barbara Weiss. The foundation board voted to extend our scholarships to young women graduates of Ypsilanti Community Schools who are planning to enroll their freshman year at any university in Michigan or at any university in the country.

This year, due to the continuing growth of our funds, we were able to award two Barbara Weiss Scholarships: Ariel Colston will be attending Oakland University and LaNaya Hood will be attending the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

A corporation of members from the Ladies’ Literary Club shall comprise the Ladies’ Literary Club of Ypsilanti, Michigan Foundation. Foundation Directors shall be appointed as needed at the annual meeting of all the Directors as stipulated in the Foundation bylaws. 

The purposes of the Foundation are to receive and administer funds primarily raised by and through the Ladies’ Literary Club to endow scholarships and support such other activities as shall directly and indirectly promote these endeavors. The Foundation operates as a separate entity from the Ladies’ Literary Club Board of Trustees and other Foundations associated with the Club and is subject to the stipulations found in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.