The Nancy K. and Sherman Poppen Program

Claire Root Benson, Executive Director
Muskegon High School Campus, J Building Lower Level
Physical Address: 1458 Fifth St. 
Mailing Address: 80 W. Southern Ave.

Office Hours:   9am-5pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Note: These are general hours only, as program needs vary week by week. Please call ahead to make an appointment so I do not miss you.

Please visit the Poppen Programs website for further information or to apply online at

Nancy Poppen was a visual artist who wanted all children to be able to explore the fine arts. She established her fund at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County in 1993, with her husband Sherman R. Poppen, who graduated from Muskegon High School, to assist lower income families with access to arts lessons. The program funds weekly lessons in the fine arts, books and supplies, summer workshops, coaching, and camps, for individual students after acceptance into the program. Under the direction of a Board of Directors comprised of community leaders, arts specialists, and school staff members, the fund supports an average of 50-75 Muskegon Public Schools students each year.

In 2000, Sherman R. and Louise Poppen enhanced the Nancy K. Poppen Program by establishing the Sherman R. Poppen Scholarship Fund to assist graduating Nancy K. Poppen participants. Mr. Poppen established the fund after talking with students who were struggling to afford college because of a lack of arts related scholarships.  The fund assists students majoring in fine or performing arts studies at accredited colleges, universities or traditional arts schools.

Proud Poppen Students