July 12, 2022

Raymond and Mary Jane Barry Educational Scholarship Fund

“The most wasted day is that in which we have not laughed.”


Raymond (Ray) and Mary Jane Barry believed in the value of education and supporting family and friends who needed assistance. They were generous with their time, financial resources and encouragement to live a happy and productive life.


Ray served as a Staff Sargeant during World War II. He survived 34 months in a Japanese prison camp returning legally blind. He took advantage of the G.I. Bill to pursue an education that would allow him to support his family. With the assistance of “reader service” he received a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan. Ray taught 5th grade in the Saginaw school system for 24 years. Mary Jane was a mother, best friend to many and homemaker. She thrived on getting together with family and friends. They both enjoyed gathering with friends to square dance and play various card games.


Ray and Mary Jane encouraged their four children to pursue their education with the assistance of the G.I. Bill benefits for dependents of Veterans. They also believed it was important to enjoy life and have a sense of humor, especially about oneself.


This scholarship was established to assist recipients in reaching their goals, recognize those giving back to the community and encourage students to face life’s challenges with a sense of humor.



• Minimum 2.7 GPA • Resident of Saginaw County • Full- or part-time enrollment • Preference to applicant pursuing a Career and Technical Education (CTE). Secondary preference to applicant pursuing an undergraduate degree  

Evaluation Criteria

Essay on career goals (25); special essay (25); academic performance (15); community service (15); citizenship/character (15); extracurricular/school activities (5)