Scholarship at ACC memorializes Susan Grulke

The Susan R. Grulke Memorial Scholarship was recently established with the Alpena Community College Foundation by her family and friends.

Grulke was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1953 to Francis and Jean Reynolds and moved to Alpena with her family in 1964. She was a 1971 graduate of Alpena High School, a 1973 graduate of ACC, and a 1975 graduate of Central Michigan University, where she majored in journalism.

While at ACC, Grulke was actively engaged in the classroom as well as immersing herself in campus activities. She was the editor of The Polemic, the student newspaper, vice president of Golden Z and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She also performed in numerous ACC musicals and theatrical programs. She was recognized for her outstanding academic efforts and student leadership during the May 23, 1973 commencement ceremony, where she became the first recipient of the prestigious Anna Besser Award.

In 1975, she married Michael Grulke and they spent all of their married life in Rogers City. Together, they raised two children: Megan and Scott.

Grulke worked as a news writer and photographer for The Alpena News for 17 years, and a news writer, columnist and copy editor for The Presque Isle County Advance for 10 years. She enjoyed her career in journalism and earned several awards through the Michigan Press Association.

She was active in her community and was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, where she was an elder and moderator of the Mission Committee, a member of Circle IV, and was the organist for several years. She also served on various boards and organizations including the Hurons Athletic Boosters Association, Alpena General Hospital Development Council’s Community Relations Committee, and she was a member of the ACC Foundation’s Alumni Gifts Committee for the Pathways to the Future Campaign.

In 1999, Grulke was diagnosed with a rare lung disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Hypertension, and she underwent a double lung transplant in 2007. She passed away on April 10, 2012 and this scholarship memorializes her desire to assist individuals pursuing an education at ACC.

The Susan R. Grulke Memorial Scholarship will provide a $300 annual award. Applications are currently being accepted and applicants must be a graduate of Rogers City High School or Posen High School, have a minimum 2.5 grade point average, and have been active in school activities. Financial need will also be considered and applicants should submit a brief paragraph stating how the scholarship will assist them in achieving their academic goals.

To apply for this scholarship, or to make a donation to the Susan R. Grulke Memorial Scholarship Fund, please contact ACC Foundation Executive Director Penny Boldrey at 358-7297, or email