Since its inception in 1960, the James A Welch Foundation has distributed over two million dollars toward projects which have expanded educational opportunities for talented young students in Genesee County, Michigan.

Those original guidelines penned by Mr. and Mrs. Welch carry much relevance today as in 1960 – perhaps more so. The matter of pursuing meaningful educational opportunities by our talented young people has become more complex. They have many more choices, more pressures, more societal challenges, and greater economic hurdles. We continue to witness great education challenges and change.

The Foundation looks forward to moving forth with its grantmaking in this arena with confidence that talented young people, given the opportunity and encouragement, to excel offer our greatest hope.