Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Scholarship

Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Scholarship

Born in the Upper Peninsula to parents of Cornish descent, Elizabeth moved with her family to Sacramento when she was four. Following her father’s premature death, her mother moved back to Michigan. Elizabeth graduated from high school in 1933, then attended Northern Michigan University and received a BA degree in Education. Elizabeth was the 1937 NMU recipient of a University of Michigan scholarship; a year later, she earned a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan. She taught in East Lansing, Central Washington College, and Northern Michigan University.

Elizabeth served on the Board of Directors at KCC for 27 years; the KCC Theatre is named after her. Among her many contributions as a Board Member was assisting in the creation of the Gold Key Scholarship program. She also gave her time, talent, and personal financial support to Battle Creek Town Hall, the Battle Creek Symphony, the Irving Gilmore Keyboard Festival and Binder Park Zoo.

Guido and Elizabeth founded the Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation in 1977 to focus on grants for education, the arts, human services, and environmental education.


Education was very important to Guido and Elizabeth. This scholarship was created to recognizing an outstanding KCC student in fine or performing arts, including communications, music, theatre and fine art.