President Thomas J. Haas
The GRCC Presidents’s Scholarship for Transfer Students was established by Thomas J. Haas in honor Dr. Steven C. Ender’s retirement and service as the ninth president of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). During his more than 30 years in higher education, Dr. Ender has held numerous teaching, counseling, and administrative positions, and has published extensively in refereed journals as well as textbooks. His most recent professional position prior to the GRCC presidency was serving as president of Westmoreland Community College. A Richmond, Virginia native, Dr. Ender holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Virginia Commonwealth University; master’s and doctoral degrees in education from the University of Georgia, and has completed post-doctoral studies at The Snowmass Institute in Snowmass, Colorado and Harvard University.
Among his honors and achievements, in 2002, Dr. Ender was named to the National Advisory Board for “Helping Teens Succeed,” a college transition program. He received the Pennsylvania Association for Developmental Educators Award for Research and Publication in 1998, and the Award for Excellence Manchester Craftmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh in 1993. As a young man, he achieved Eagle Scout status. This scholarship will continue the legacy of past and present GRCC Presidents by providing financial support to graduates of GRCC who plan to continue their education at Grand Valley State University (GRCC).