DeWitt Scholarship Encourages Talent in RV, Manufactured Housing, Self-Storage Industries

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DeWitt Scholarship Provides 28 Years of Opportunity

By Jim Hayden

DeWitt Scholarship HARVEST logoThe deadline is near for thousands of dollars in scholarships from the Tim DeWitt HARVEST Education Foundation. Students currently enrolled, or with plans to enroll, at accredited university or colleges during 2019-20 are eligible for the DeWitt scholarship.

Applications are due April 5 for students who plan a career in manufactured housing, recreational vehicle and campground or self-storage industries.

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Apply for the DeWitt Scholarship

The DeWitt scholarship goes to students whose career goals might not otherwise lead them to these industries, and will be made to outstanding scholars or students with compelling need.

“The Tim DeWitt HARVEST Education Foundation has encouraged fresh interest and talent in the RV and campground, manufactured housing and self-storage industries,” said Bill Sheffer, executive director of MMH/RVCA and Self-Storage Association of Michigan.

Where and How to Apply

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Students with an interest in the self storage industry can apply for the DeWitt scholarship.

To apply online, visit, or For more information on how to apply, call Beth Monicatti Blank of All Seasons Communications at (586) 752-6381 or email bmonicattiblank (at)

“We encourage all to apply,” said Monicatti Blank of the group that manages the scholarship program.

DeWitt Scholarship Applicants Must Provide:

  • Filled out and signed scholarship application
  • School transcripts
  • A 200-300 word typed essay
  • Information on financial need
  • Two letters of reference

Also, the three-page application asks for detail on work and extracurricular activities, as well as career goals.

Last year, 19 college-bound students were recipients of a DeWitt scholarship. The 2018 DeWitt scholarships ranged from $500 to $1,750 each. Since 1991, the foundation has awarded more than $338,000 to 608 students.

Scholarship money is raised through an annual golf outing. This year’s event is set
for June 20 at Timber Ridge Golf Club in East Lansing. More information will be
available at

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Students interested in the RV and camping industries also are eligible to apply for the HARVEST Education Foundation Tim DeWitt Scholarship.

More Information on the DeWitt Scholarship

Tim DeWitt is the former director of the MMHRVC, which had represented both RV and manufactured housing in Michigan.

“He served for 39 years and the foundation was renamed in his honor in 2016
when he retired,” said Darren Ing, director of the Michigan Manufactured
Housing Association.

HARVEST Education Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and receives 100 percent tax-deductible gifts from individuals and corporations. In addition, HARVEST accepts grants from other nonprofit organizations, state and federal agencies.

The nonprofit was created in 1991 by the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association and the Recreation Vehicle and Campground Association. Self-Storage Association of Michigan became involved in 2013.

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Manufactured housing professionals gather and talk at The Louisville Manufactured Housing Show in 2019. At the show, Champion Homes displayed its reintroduced All American Modular brand for the second consecutive year.

About the Industry Associations Affiliated with the DeWitt Scholarship

Michigan Manufactured Housing Association is a nonprofit trade association representing the manufactured and modular housing industry in Michigan. MMHA works to improve the image of manufactured housing by educating consumers, media and government about the quality, affordability, design and beauty of the homes. Additionally, MMHA works to protect the interests of the industry and the owners of manufactured homes.

The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds works to improve the business climate for its members and encourage growth in the RV and private campground industries. Also, it contributes to the quality of Michigan tourism through legislation, education, marketing and public awareness.

Self-Storage Association of Michigan formed in 2007 to respond to the needs of self-storage owners and operators. It works to improve the business climate for its members and encourage growth in all areas of the self-storage industry through legislation, education and marketing.

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