Though she never married, Carol Moote had a sincere interest in young people, as evidenced by her bequest that after her death, a scholarship program be established for deserving Lake City graduates. Carol passed away in 1992, and the first Carol Moote Memorial Scholarship was awarded in 1993.

Carol attended Western Michigan University after her 1936 graduation from Lake City Area Schools. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree, Carol taught for one year at Munising High School and decided that teaching was not for her. She worked a year for an Arizona newspaper before returning to Lake City to work in the hardware that her parents had purchased as an investment in 1936.

Carol quickly took over the management of the Lake City Hardware, which had become an exciting and fulfilling vocation.   Music was an important part of Carol’s life, and  her musical talents were shared at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake City as an adult. Not only did she direct the adult choir, but she also sang solos in a beautiful alto voice.   Always active, Carol enjoyed traveling, both in the United States and abroad. Her enjoyment of bowling was legendary.

Young adults gravitated to Carol and the Lake City Hardware was a favorite "going to” location. Carol shared her travel experiences, stock market knowledge, her interests and personal values. She gave them knowledge of the big world, encouragement, and a vision of what was available to them after graduation. This progressive woman in an unusual profession had an active, full, and productive life.

General Information:

• Annual scholarship amount is $300 - $500, depending on the fluctuating economy.

Applicants must be graduating Lake City High School Seniors.

• The Carol Moote Scholarship is payable upon completion of the first semester of post-secondary education, with proof (college transcript) of passing grades.

The application deadline is February 1, 2019.

You may access the application for the Carol Moote Scholarship Program HERE.


The primary purpose of the Missaukee Area Community Foundation is to develop a community-wide vehicle for permanent endowments to enhance the quality of life in the County of Missaukee, Michigan.