MiNF Cares

MiNF Cares is a personal grant directly supporting families affected with the disorder by personally connecting with people experiencing difficult medical treatment, surgery, births, deaths and other family changes. Cards, visits, meals, flowers and/or other personal needs are coordinated for these families. Families interested in this personal grant can apply here:

Travel Grant

The Travel Grant was established to assist families who are in need of financial support because of a need to travel to a specialist or hospital in order to receive necessary medical care to treat their NF. Applications are reviewed by our team and grants are given on an as needed basis. To inquire about a travel grant please contact us or ask an NF Michigan volunteer at the NF clinic in Grand Rapids.

Austin Volkert Memorial Scholarship

NF Michigan is pleased to announce the offering of The Austin Volkert Memorial Scholarship to qualified students. This scholarship program was established in 2018 in memory of Austin McEwen Volkert of Rockford, MI. The scholarship was endowed by family and friends of Austin and will continue through the generosity of future donors. Austin, who was diagnosed with NF1 at 18 months was a graduate of Lake Michigan Academy High School in Grand Rapids and dreamed of becoming a police officer. He was a staunch law abider who was passionate about rescue dogs, finding the best slice of pizza, and was a fervent Chicago Blackhawks hockey fan. Austin is survived by his parents, Scott and Shelley Volkert, his older brother, Zack, his younger twin sisters, Emma and Claire, and his rescue dog, Winnie.

If you are a high school senior, or post high school student, with neurofibromatosis or schwannomatosis, pursuing furthering education (Associates, Bachelors, or Vocational as a full-time or part-time student), and you live in NF Michigan’s service area you are eligible to apply for a $1,000 academic scholarship from NF Michigan. To be considered, please read through the application and selection process below:


  • Application open: January 1, 2020 

  • Application due: April 15, 2020

  • Awards announced: May 15, 2020

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify you must meet the following criteria: 

  • Diagnosed with NF or schwannomatosis 

  • Entering or currently enrolled in an undergraduate program - Associates, Bachelors, or Vocational as a full-time or part-time student (part-time students must be enrolled for at least 6 credits to apply) 

  • Live in NF Michigan’s service area (state of MI – including the U.P.) 

Selection Process

You will be evaluated based on character, community service involvement; including any NF related activates, and evidence of determination and persistence through difficulties related to living with NF. Upon receipt of your application, NF Michigan’s Scholarship committee will conduct the following review: 

  • Applications will go through an initial review to ensure all information requested has been submitted by the deadline. 

  • If your application is incomplete or not on time, it will not be considered. 

  • Scholarship recipients will be selected by the committee based on criteria met. 

  • Two individuals will be awarded $1,000 scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year. 

 Additional Application Requirements

  • A letter from a physician certifying diagnosis 

  • A personal statement essay (see application for writing prompt) 

  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach or mentor 

  • An official HS transcript 

  • An acceptance letter from an institution of higher learning or confirmation of enrollment 

  • An official college transcript (for those already enrolled in a post high school program) 

Award Announcements

Award recipients will be notified by email and letter by May 15, 2020. Applicants who are not selected will be notified by email or letter by May 31, 2020. Scholarship checks will be made out to the college or school of attendance.

For questions regarding eligibility, please contact Terri Rausch.