This scholarship was created in honor of Maribeth Wardrop’s accomplishments as Vice President of University Development and Executive Director of the Grand Valley University Foundation, as well as her passion for philanthropy. During her 12-year tenure, Maribeth Wardrop led and completed 11 capital projects including the university’s first comprehensive campaign Shaping Our Future raising 96.3 million dollars. She also helped increase private scholarships which grew from 50 to 300 under her leadership. She was the first woman to serve as a vice president for Grand Valley State University.
The purpose of this scholarship was to honor Maribeth’s wishes to prepare and encourage aspiring fundraising professionals with a scholarship in lieu of a retirement celebration. This scholarship is the first named scholarship to support the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Program that was established by the School of Public and Nonprofit Administration and the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Students in this program will be exposed to national leaders across the nonprofit sector through this unique academic program that include rigorous academics, research , and workshops lead by esteemed leaders in the field.