Our Donors

Barbara Waddell

Barbara Waddell

Barbara Waddell, whose avocation was plants, was a medical technologist at the former Ferguson Hospital. At her home in Howard City, Michigan, she and her companion, Arlene Treanor, were avid gardeners who became especially interested in using Michigan native plants...

Bari and JoAnn Johnson

Bari and JoAnn Johnson

Establish by Bari S and JoAnn R. Johnson to honor their mother, Charlotte A. Johnson, and the women in their family who emerged as leaders in their communities and blazed many trails for generations to come. They describe these women as DIVA’s: Diverse, Interesting,...

BDO USA

BDO USA

BDO USA views the study abroad experience as a valuable tool for students to prepare themselves for an increasingly international business environment. We look for students who express a desire to broaden their perspective of other cultures and how organizations...

Beatrice "Bea" (Aldrink) Idema

Beatrice "Bea" (Aldrink) Idema

Beatrice (Aldrink) Idema in loving memory of her husband William W. Idema established the William “Bill” W. Idema Physics Scholarship. The Idema name is a familiar one in West Michigan and is often associated with great philanthropy and leadership. William “Bill” W....

Beatrice "Bea" (Aldrink) Idema

Beatrice "Bea" (Aldrink) Idema

The Beatrice “Bea” A. Idema Nursing Scholarship was established by Beatrice “Bea” (Aldrink) Idema to help future nurses studying at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). With over 40 years of giving to the University, Bea has always been a special friend to Grand...

Beatrice "Bea"(Aldrink) Idema

Beatrice "Bea"(Aldrink) Idema

The Philip Peter Versluis Criminal Justice Scholarship was established by Beatrice “Bea” (Aldrink) Idema in loving memory of Philip Peter Versluis, her brother-in-law. Philip was a devoted family man and community leader in West Michigan. Philip and his wife, Joyce...

Bernedine Keller

Bernedine Keller

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to diversity students who show a strong desire to pursue a career in the field of engineering. Fred M. Keller was an entrepreneur, both industrial and philanthropic, with a distinguished career spanning...

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Betty S. Burton Groce

The Johnny C. Burton Memorial Scholarship was established in 1996 by his wife Betty S. Burton and their three daughters. Born in 1935, in Arkansas, Mr. Burton was raised in Muskegon Heights as one of five children of an African-American family. Due to his hard work,...

Bishop Dennis J. & Dr. E. Jean Lackey - McMurray Academic Achievement Scholarship

Bishop Dennis J. & Dr. E. Jean Lackey - McMurray Academic Achievement Scholarship

This scholarship has been established in the name of Renaissance Church of God in Christ, where Grand Valley State University alumni Senior Pastor Dennis J. McMurray ’85 and First Lady Mrs. E. Jean Lackey-McMurray ’86 serve. Because of their love for the GVSU family...

Blinkhorn Donk Review Group

Blinkhorn Donk Review Group

Reviewers for the Blinkhorn/Donk First Generation Student Scholarship

Brandon and Denise Walsh

Brandon and Denise Walsh

The Walsh VIP Scholarship was established by Brandon ’03 and Denise ’03 Walsh out of gratitude to their families for ensuring they graduated free of debt and for the benefits their education at Grand Valley State University has afforded them. The purpose of this...

Brian C. Walker

Brian C. Walker

Brian Walker is the President and CEO of Herman Miller, Inc, overseeing the company’s global efforts to invent solutions that help create great places to work, to learn and to heal. Brian was the 7th Frederik Meijer Lecturer at Grand Valley State University.

Bruce and Ruth Ann Brintnall

Bruce and Ruth Ann Brintnall

Bruce and Ruth Ann Brintnall have lived in the Greater Grand Rapids Area for more than fifty years where both served their community as health care providers. They have strong ties to Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and their community. Ruth Ann graduated with...

Bryan and Lauri DenBleyker

Bryan and Lauri DenBleyker

This scholarship was established in loving memory of Kendal J. DenBleyker on behalf of his parents. Kendal was a junior studying Criminal Justice with a goal to become a probation officer and ultimately become a lawyer. While studying at Grand Valley, Kendal worked...

Business Ethics Center (BEC) at the Seidman College of Business

Business Ethics Center (BEC) at the Seidman College of Business

The Castro Scholarship in Business Ethics honors Barry Castro, who at the time of his death in 2005 was Professor of Management at Grand Valley. Professor Castro’s career at Grand Valley spanned over three decades, during which time he developed and taught Business...

Candace Otte

Candace Otte

Candace Otte (Ingram) began her healthcare career at Butterworth Hospital working in the new ICU. Candace Otte was a devoted wife, mother of three children and a friend to many. In the spring of 2007 Candace Otte passed away due to complications from heart...

Carl and Claudia Bajema

Carl and Claudia Bajema

Carl and Claudia Bajema share a commitment to the City of Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Public School District, and Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Four of their children are graduates of the Grand Rapids Public School (GRPS) District, and three are also...

Carl and Delores Arendsen

Carl and Delores Arendsen

The Carl and Delores Arendsen family has been affiliated with GVSU for over 35 years. During his tenure at GVSU, Carl taught a variety of courses in the mathematics area along with a few computer science and statistics courses. Delores taught clinical nursing...

Carl Erickson and Mary O'Neill

Carl Erickson and Mary O'Neill

Carl Erickson and Mary O’Neill have a strong commitment to community. They have invested in their community through their time, talent, and treasure. As founders of Atomic Object, a local software design and development consultancy, they are proud to employ many...

Carole Zoller

Carole Zoller

Established by Carole Zoller in honor of her daughter Kristin M. Zoller Cooper BSN ‘94, MSN ’02 to assist single student parents pursuing a degree in nursing. This scholarship was established to enable a deserving student an opportunity to complete his/her Bachelor...

Carri Dykstra and the Oliver Products Company

Carri Dykstra and the Oliver Products Company

This scholarship was established by Carri Dykstra and the Oliver Products Company in loving memory of Scott Michael Dykstra, a faithful husband, cherished son and brother, valued friend and colleague. This scholarship was established to give others opportunities...

Cathleen Knauf '75

Cathleen Knauf '75

Established by Cathleen Knauf ‘75 and family to assist fellow Lakers with the cost of earning their degree at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Being a multi-generational family of Grand Valley alums, the Knauf family saw the value in giving back to the school...

Cesar E. Chavez Unity Committee

Cesar E. Chavez Unity Committee

The Hispanic Scholarship fund was established in 1992 to attract and assist Hispanic students to Grand Valley State University (GVSU). In October 2015, the scholarship was renamed by the Committee to Honor Cesar E. Chavez to honor the leadership of Lupe...

Children's Enrichment Center

Children's Enrichment Center

Established by the Children’s Enrichment Center (CEC) of Grand Valley State University (GVSU) with gifts from faculty and staff and other CEC supporters to assist student families with childcare expenses. The CEC provides quality early care and education services for...

Christos and Joan Panopoulos

Christos and Joan Panopoulos

Christos was born in Greece and fled his homeland because of a conflict and came to the U.S. in 1955. After serving the U.S. Army Panopoulos moved to Grand Rapids, where he managed a hair salon. Panopoulos is the retired founder, Chairman and CEO of Salon Enterprises...

Clarke and Nancy Borgeson

Clarke and Nancy Borgeson

Clark and Nancy Borgeson, officers of Huron Technologies in Leslie, Michigan, established a scholarship to encourage graduates of Leslie High School who have chosen to attend Grand Valley State University and to recognize the community where their business is located.

Coalition for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education

Coalition for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education

Dr. Mary Jane Dockeray retired from her position as Curator of the Blandford Nature Center in June 1990. Many generations of school children received an early taste of “hand-on” science under the supervision of Dr. Dockeray and her presence was greatly missed...

Colleagues and Friends of H. James Williams

Colleagues and Friends of H. James Williams

Colleagues and friends of H. James Williams provided financial resources to endow a scholarship to honor the “World Class” leadership James provided as Dean of the Seidman College of Business for eight and one-half years. In addition to his deanship, James Williams...

Colleagues, Friends and Family of Thomas A. Butcher

Colleagues, Friends and Family of Thomas A. Butcher

The Thomas A. & Cheryl L. ‘91,’98 Butcher Non-traditional Student Scholarship was established by colleagues, friends and family of Thomas A. Butcher to honor his 30th Anniversary at Grand Valley State University. In 1983, Tom joined Grand Valley’s human resources...

Colleagues, Students, Friends and Family of Joan Boand and Patti Irwin-Rowe

Colleagues, Students, Friends and Family of Joan Boand and Patti Irwin-Rowe

The Boand-Rowe Scholarship for Advancement of Women in Sports & Physical Activity was created as part of a celebration of 40 years of Title IX, but more so as a reminder of the work that still needs to be done relevant to equity and sport and physical activity. This...