Evelyn Fraser was born in 1910 and during her childhood worked on the family farm in Lyon Township. Evelyn graduated from Grayling High School in 1927. Two years later she married Roy Fraser. She graduated from the Kalamazoo Business College and worked as a bookkeeper for Wyckoff Lumber of Roscommon.
Evelyn was instrumental in establishing a “Meals on Wheels” program for Roscommon senior citizens in 1973 and was a member of the Roscommon County Commission on Aging. Mrs. Fraser was recognized in 1987 by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the Michigan Women’s Commission for a lifetime of volunteer service which began when she and her husband became charter members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4159 and it’s auxiliary in Roscommon.
Until the late 1990s, she was chairman of the county’s Red Cross blood drives and also was active in the American Cancer Society and Hospice. Evelyn was a member and leader of the First Congregational Church and the Rebekah Lodge in Roscommon and an honorary member of AMVETS Post 13, Higgins Lake. Her “Higgins Lake News” column appeared in the Resorter and the Roscommon Herald-News for more than 40 years.
The Roscommon Village Council proclaimed February 26th as “Evelyn Fraser Day”, and she received tributes from the Michigan Legislature, Governor John Engler, U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham and U.S. Representative Dave Camp.
Students applying for this scholarship must be a Roscommon High School graduate with strong community involvement, regardless of academic record.