The Pathfinder School: Traverse City Community School

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Donations help secure the Pathfinder experience for current and future students.We are happy to now provide you with the convenience of donating online via our PayPal portal. By clicking on the orange button below, you will be redirected to our secure PayPal page where you can donate using a credit or debit card.



STANLEY & Elizabeth Auwers Scholarship Fund

Financial assistance is an important part of our mission in serving the families of Northern Michigan. By making our school as accessible as possible, we maximize our impact and improve the quality of education for the benefit of all of our students.

The late Stanley and Elizabeth Auwers represent the spirit of stewardship that has sustained The Pathfinder School through generations of learners. Their decades of advocacy, generosity and support championed countless students. Stan and Betty are alumni grandparents and also parents to Ellen Northway (Business Manager), who beyond anyone else in the school's history, embodies the spirit of independent schooling, the ideals of service, and fierce commitment to our role as active partners in the lives of each Pathfinder family. Ellen’s career has been dedicated to ensuring a Pathfinder education can be accessible to those best served by its mission. She has assisted countless families navigate their children’s education.

By giving to the Stanley and Elizabeth Auwers Scholarship fund, you are providing tuition assistance to those most in need and deserving of our help.


Arthur and Nancy Baxter and their children founded The Pathfinder School in 1972 in order to provide a vibrant and independent learning experience to the families of Northern Michigan. Their founding principles of small classes, trust, responsibility, experiences in nature, and a broad and enriching curriculum remain at the very heart of Pathfinder today. It is their unique vision that is validated daily in the accomplishments of Pathfinder students, alumni, and faculty.

Art and Nancy have remained steadfast supporters, advisors, and cheerleaders of The Pathfinder School, visiting often, and inspiring always. The Founders Fund was launched by Art and Nancy in 2016 to provide financial assistance to Pathfinder 7th and 8th grade students, helping them to see their Pathfinder journey through to graduation in the company of their classmates and friends. By contributing to this fund, you are helping children experience the full benefit of the Pathfinder experience.





You are always welcome to donate to the school using a check. Please make checks payable to The Pathfinder School and send to:

Ellen Northway - Business Manager
The Pathfinder School
11930 S. West Bay Shore Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684