The Nancy K. and Sherman Poppen Program

Enabling All Students to Explore the Arts

Office Hours:   Monday through Thursday, 11:00am-5:30pm 

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.

For further information or to apply online, please visit the Poppen Programs website at:


The Nancy K. Poppen Program

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 at Muskegon Public Schools with access to arts lessons. The program funds weekly lessons in the fine arts,  supplies, summer workshops, coaching, and camps, for individual Big Red students after acceptance into the program. Under the direction of a Board of Directors composed of community leaders, arts specialists, and school staff members, the fund supports an average of 50-65 Muskegon Public Schools students each year.

The Sherman R. Poppen Scholarship Fund

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. The fund assists students who have remained in the Nancy K. Poppen program until their graduation from Muskegon High School, with post-secondary educational expenses.