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Ada Council for the Arts

Ada Council for the Arts

The mission of the Ada Council for the Arts is the encourage artistic expression in all of its forms and to enhance, through the arts, the quality of life in our community. To that end the Council has determine to sponsor and support local education in the arts.

The Ada Council for the Arts is a Michigan nonprofit corporation formed in 1992. The Arts in Ada Art Fair and Autumn Arts Festival are two annual events held by the Council to exhibit fine art and arts and crafts, and provide performance venues for local dancers and visual artists. The Council also commissions and maintains works of art for the enjoyment of the general public.

The scholarship was named in memory of Rebecca Marie Vogelsang, known as Becca to her family and friends. Becca, while a senior at Forest Hills Eastern High School, passed away in March of 2008 from complications sustained from a car accident. Becca was driving to a rehearsal for the school “Copacabana” musical in which she had a lead role. Becca loved singing and dancing, having danced since age 3 with the Ada Dance Academy Performing Company, the Blue Lake International Ensemble, and annual performances with the Moscow Ballet. She performed in France, Germany and Denmark and took Master’s Classes in New York and Chicago. As a member of the Great Lakes Youth Ballet, she rehearsed and performed at the Louis Armstrong Theater under the direction of the GVSU Faculty, and often shared the stage with the GVSU ballet company. She also performed at Circle and Civic Theatres, and was in many community productions including the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center’s dedication. She was a member of the National Honor Society and also a lettered varsity athlete. She loved languages and especially enjoyed studying Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. Becca was very excited about having been accepted to the University of Michigan where she planned to study molecular biology. In her desire to help others, Becca was a Sunday school teacher at St. Robert of Newminster Church and a volunteer at God’s Kitchen. When Rebecca received her first driver’s license, she told her mother that she planned to sign the organ donation card as soon as she was old enough. Her generosity led to the gift of life for six people she never met. In recognition of this and of her artistic accomplishments within the community, including years of performing at the Arts in Ada Festival and Grand Rapids Festival, the Board of Directors of the Ada Council for the Arts has named this scholarship in Becca’s memory.

It is the hope and expectation of the Ada Council for the Arts that recipients of this scholarship will learn the value that art has within the community; that, after graduation, they shall contribute their knowledge and talent to the benefit of their community; and that they shall encourage and support aspiring artists as part of a lifelong involvement with the arts.

Alan "Poppy" Workman & Steven Alan Workman

Alan "Poppy" Workman & Steven Alan Workman

This fellowship was initiated by Alan “Poppy” Workman and his son,Steven Alan Workman, in honor of Kim "Schmidty"Schmidt ‘88 & ’00. The inspiration for this fellowship came from Alan and Steven and their family’s passion for supporting education. Alan and his wife Margaret were deeply committed to helping others succeed. They believed strongly in the importance of education. This belief was passed down to their five children as well, all five of whom earned graduate degrees.

Alan and Steven Workman had the idea to honor Kim by establishing a fellowship at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in her honor, beginning with a gift from Alan’s estate.Steven and Kim share a passion for (GVSU) athletics and Grand Valley as a whole. Kim is a double alumna of Grand Valley and has served on staff for over 25 years, having started her GVSU career in 1992. In her time as a student, alumna, and staff member, she has been a loyal supporter of, and advocate for, Grand Valley, especially the athletic programs. It is the desire of Steven and Kim that this fellowship will enable Grand Valley graduate athlete-students to start or continue their graduate work and power through it in a timely fashion.

Alena E. Zachery-Ross '95 and Quinton Ross

Alena E. Zachery-Ross '95 and Quinton Ross

The Alena E. Zachary-Ross ‘95 and Quinton Ross Muskegon Heights Scholarship was established by Alena Zachery-Ross ’95 and Quinton Ross. Alena graduated from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in 1995 with degrees in psychology and special education. Zachery-Ross taught in Detroit Public Schools and then became a school psychologist after obtaining a master’s degree. Alena also served as a teacher consultant in Van Dyke Schools which led to serving as an elementary principal, middle school principal, and assistant superintendent in that district. She was then honored to become the Superintendent of Schools for the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System where she continues to proudly serve.

While on campus, Zachery-Ross was involved in a wide array of programs from the re-instituting the chapter and serving on the executive board for her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, being involved in the GVSU honors program, playing clarinet in the band to helping found and be the president of the Minority Teachers Education Center (MTEC) on campus. She describes her experience at GVSU as phenomenal, extraordinary and impactful and is proud to be a Laker for a Lifetime. Since graduating she has volunteered as an Alumni Ambassador, mentored undergraduates in her sorority and two fraternities, and continues to serve on the GVSU Alumni Association Board.

This scholarship will continue her Laker Legacy, honor the Laker Legacy of her children Lena Zachery ’14 and Cordell Zachery ’16, and provide encouragement and financial assistance to graduates of Muskegon Heights High School who otherwise would not be able to attend GVSU.

Alexis P. Siegel '14

Alexis P. Siegel '14

The Daphne Siegel Memorial PATHWAY Scholarship has been established by Alexis P. Siegel ‘14, in loving memory of her childhood dog, Daphne. Alexis wants to provide a resource for students facing similar circumstances she experienced as a student and to honor her life-long best friend. She recognizes the struggle of managing college expenses when the guardians’ income counts against the students’ ability to gain access to alternative financing and gifts. Her goal is to encourage students’ success through school and to always pursue their dreams.

Alison McManus Walters

Alison McManus Walters

The Alison McManus Walters ‘73 Fostering Success Scholarship was established in 2016 by Alison McManus Walters ’73. Alison earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and German, and a teacher certificate from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in 1973. She began a fulfilling career in education and went on to earn two Master’s Degrees: one in English from Eastern Michigan University, and the other in Liberal Science from the University of Michigan. During her career, Alison educated students in the Michigan public schools of Holly, North Huron, and Bellevue. Out of gratitude for the education she received from Grand Valley, she is creating this opportunity for foster youth to fulfill their dreams of earning a degree.

Allison "Allie" J. Oosta

Allison "Allie" J. Oosta

Established by Allison “Allie” J. Oosta ‘11 out of gratitude for the education she received in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Allie graduated with the department’s distinction in writing honor and was involved as a leader in many activities, including the editor of fishladder, a volunteer who facilitated writing exercises for students at Shawmut Hills Elementary School, and a lead writing consultant for the Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors. She established this scholarship to assist and celebrate young upcoming leaders in the department of writing.

Allison and Roger Swets

Allison and Roger Swets

Maria I. Perez started her life in Puerto Rico. As a teenager, she moved to New York City where she worked in the cafeteria for The French Hospital in Chelsea. She would gaze upon the nurses’ crisp, white caps and uniforms and longed to wear the same uniform. Being poor and unsupported, that dream was never realized. Undaunted, she vowed her children would never know that pain or deficit, and providing them with an excellent education became a priority. She struggled financially to send them to parochial schools when lower quality and free public schools were tempting. She took out loans to provide high quality education for them. With every step, she was committed to giving her children what she did not have, and paid it off. Today, three of her four children have obtained a college degree, including Allison Swets who graduated from Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing in 2014. Allison, with her husband Roger Swets, started this scholarship to give underrepresented groups that same chance.

Alumni, Colleagues and Friends of Gregg K. Dimkoff

Alumni, Colleagues and Friends of Gregg K. Dimkoff

The Gregg K. Dimkoff Finance Scholarship was established by alumni, colleagues and friends of Gregg K. Dimkoff to honor more than 40 years of excellence in education and inspiration to students studying finance, accounting, and economics.

Alumni, Colleagues, Family and Friends of Michael F. Young '90, '94

Alumni, Colleagues, Family and Friends of Michael F. Young '90, '94

The Michael F. Young ’90, ’94 Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Michael f. Young to continue his legacy of leadership in Rockford, Michigan. Michael earned both his bachelors and masters degrees in Public Administration, and was a member of the wrestling team at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Michael was well known and respected for his work as the longtime City Manager for Rockford, where the thriving downtown reflects the efforts he led to improve the community over the past 20 years. Remembered as a passionate, dedicated, and respected city leader, Michael was a visionary who worked tirelessly to make Rockford a better place to live, work and play.

Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Community Leaders

Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Community Leaders

The Hispanic Scholarship fund was established in 1992 but in October 2015, the scholarship was renamed by the Committee to Honor Cesar E. Chavez to honor the leadership of Lupe Ramos-Montigny ’79. Lupe Ramos-Montigny (D-Grand Rapids) is no stranger to hard work. Born in Weslaco, Texas, Ms. Ramos-Montigny traveled to Michigan as a young girl to harvest beets in Caseville, cherries in Old Mission Peninsula, and tomatoes in Indiana. Her parents, Ysidro and Maria, traveled with six (6) daughters and one (1) son from Texas to earn extra money to help the family with expenses. This experience taught her the value of sustained effort, the importance of education, and the need for advocacy for minorities.

Her father, Ysidro, helped educate the family of nine children despite his limited education. The Ramos family produced a businessman, an attorney, nurses, educators, a legal secretary, and an auto mechanic. Ms. Ramos-Montigny earned her Bachelor of Science Degree at Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas. When her first born son, Gerard, was three years old she attended GVSU where she earned her Master of Science Degree in Allendale, Michigan, with an emphasis in Bilingual Education.

Most of her professional career was dedicated to the Grand Rapid Public Schools. She cultivates a harvest of another kind to serve as a role model of civic action, cultural awareness, gender equity, and dedicated leadership. The Committee to Honor Cesar E. Chavez was founded in the year 2000 by dedicated community volunteers. Ms. Ramos has served as the chairperson for thirteen (13) years. The Committee dedicates most of its work to advance the educational goals of Hispanic students pursuing a college education.

The Cesar E. Chavez Unity Committee was organized on January 24, 2012 to partner with the Committee to Honor Cesar E. Chavez in order to enhance the mission in a broader scope united with Aquinas College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapid Public Museum, Grand Rapids Public Schools, and Grand Valley State University. Many volunteers have come and gone but Ms. Ramos-Montigny keeps her eye on the prize…the students. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist Hispanic/Latino students (including undocumented students and dependents of migrant farm workers) with the cost of earning a degree at GVSU.

Alumni from the Class of 1968

Alumni from the Class of 1968

To honor their 50th reunion, the Class of 1968 established the Class of 1968 Endowed Scholarship to assist students with the cost of a Grand Valley Education and to create a lasting legacy at Grand Valley State University (GVSU).

American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)

American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)

APICS The Association for Operations Management is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in supply chain and operations management including production, inventory, materials management, purchasing, and logistics. Since 1957, individuals and companies have relied on APICS for its superior training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources and worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals.

The Grand Rapids Chapter of the APICS – The Association for Operations Management funds the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) Scholarship.

A.Newton Dilley and Abby P. Dilley

A.Newton Dilley and Abby P. Dilley

The Ann M. Dilley Jewelry/Metalsmithing Scholarship was established to honor Ann M. Dilley and her passion for the metalsmithing arts. Ann has been taking metalsmithing courses led by Beverly Seley at Grand Valley State University for more than 35 years. Ann’s passion for the art of metalsmithing and commitment to lifelong learning inspired the creation of her scholarship that will benefit students for years to come.

Anita and Edward Bikowitz

Anita and Edward Bikowitz

Anita and Edward Bikowitz established the Grand Day at a Time Scholarship to make education more accessible to students with little or no means to pursue a four year degree. Anita did not have the means to attend college and did not qualify for any financial assistance to pursue a college degree, and through her work in annual giving at Grand Valley she learned how all gifts large and small can make a difference in the lives of students.

Anne Hiskes on behalf of the faculty and friends of the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Anne Hiskes on behalf of the faculty and friends of the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Anne Hiskes initiated The Brooks College Scholarship for Study Abroad on behalf of faculty and friends of the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Brooks College offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to enrich their lives and support them in developing the interdisciplinary perspectives and skills necessary for navigating an increasingly complex and global world.

Dr. Hiskes also established the Brooks College Study-Away Scholarship to encourage more students to attend study-away programs and to make sure that the added costs of the programs do not hinder students’ ability to participate.

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Anonymous

This scholarship was established by an anonymous donor to make a Grand Valley State University education accessible to prospective students with the greatest financial obstacles to overcome. This families’ wishes are to assist a few deserving students from Kent County who demonstrate leadership through athletics, extracurricular activities or community service, with a four year scholarship. Although all students that meet the criteria will be considered, preference will be given to graduates of Lee High School in Wyoming, Michigan, in accordance with the donor’s wishes.

ARAMARK and GVSU Campus Dining

ARAMARK and GVSU Campus Dining

The ARAMARK Student Excellence Endowed Scholarship was established by ARAMARK and GVSU Campus Dining to celebrate 25 years of service to Grand Valley State University. The purpose is to assist deserving students with the costs of a Grand Valley education. ARAMARK and GVSU Campus Dining would like to acknowledge current students who have a record of positive involvement in clubs, organizations, extra-curricular activities, and/or community services; and reward students who serve as positive representatives for GVSU Campus Dining and Grand Valley State University.

Archie A.'79, '83 & Mary M. Blood, Jr.

Archie A.'79, '83 & Mary M. Blood, Jr.

Mr. Blood is a proud graduate of the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University and wishes to establish this fund out of gratitude for the benefits his education afforded him. Mr. Blood earned both a bachelors and masers in business administration from Grand Valley.

Arend D. and Nancy Lubbers

Arend D. and Nancy Lubbers

This scholarship was created to honor retiring Grand Valley State University President Lubbers and his wife, Nancy, and was the result of an extensive fund-raising effort made among the greater constituency of the University. President Lubbers’ dream and long-term goal for the University was to create an Honors College for exceptional students. Although no such college existed at the University at the time this scholarship was created, this scholarship was intended to draw such exceptional students to the existing University Honors Program or to an Honors College, if such is eventually created.

Arnold and Marion Ott

Arnold and Marion Ott

This scholarship was created by Dr. Arnold C. Ott and Mrs. Marion P. Ott to honor Ms. Hilda C. Holder for her professional and personal service to the Otts for over forty years. Honoring Hilda with this scholarship is an expression of the Otts’ love for her and their appreciation of her loyal service to them. The Otts describe her as “resourceful, loyal, trusting, honest, and steadfast in good faith;” she possesses much knowledge and has had the deep and vital experiences which make her effective and successful.

Ms. Hilda Holder, a 1949 graduate of Hunter College, New York City, started her career as a secretary. In 1952 she was employed by Corn Products Co. and in 1954 became Executive Secretary to Dr. Arnold Ott, Corporate VP and Scientific Director. In 1969 both Dr. Ott and Ms. Holder moved their families to Grand Rapids. As Dr. Ott’s business associate, Ms. Holder was also involved in his venture capital and business consulting firm until Dr. Ott’s retirement.

Dr. Ott, a graduate of Michigan State University, a chemist by profession, started his career in research and development for the Upjohn Company. In 1956 he founded the Ott Chemical Company in Muskegon, Michigan which was subsequently sold to CPC International, Inc; Dr. Ott continued as corporate vice president and scientific director. In 1971 Dr. Ott began a venture capital firm with Herbert Doan who was associated with the Dow Chemical Company and Foundation. In 1978 Dr. Ott established his own firm, Rivertree Ltd., in Grand Rapids for investment banking and consultation. Dr. Ott also consulted with Amway Corporation.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ott was greatly involved with Grand Valley State University. Since GVSU received its charter, he served with Bill Seidman’s Citizens Council that raised the first $1 million to kick-off the fledgling college. He served as vice-chairman of the Board of Control from 1961-1975 and as its chairman from 1978-1979. In recognition of this service, the Arnold C. Ott Living Center was named after him and he was named an ex-officio life member of the board of trustees; he is an honorary member of the GVU Foundation board. In 2001, Dr. Ott graciously created and endowed the Arnold C. Ott Lectureship in Chemistry at Grand Valley State University.

A. Scott and Ruth P. Koeze

A. Scott and Ruth P. Koeze

The purposes of the scholarship are to support graduate education in business, to commemorate the business careers of A. Scott and Ruth P. Koeze, and to continue the Koeze Family’s long-standing support of Grand Valley State University.

Ruth Koeze grew up in Grand Rapids, graduated from East Grand Rapids High School and attended Michigan State University. After careers teaching school and raising children, she served as the President of Kooz Specialty Foods, the retail division of Koeze Company.

Scott Koeze, a native of Wyoming, Michigan, attended Wyoming Park High School and the University of Miami, where he earned a degree in Business Administration. Immediately upon graduation from Miami in 1960, he joined Koeze Company, assuming control in 1968 upon the death of his father, Albert S. Koeze. His active career at Koeze lasted until 1997 when his son, Jeff, became President and CEO.

Scott’s mother, Ella Koeze served for many years on Grand Valley State University’s Board of Trustees. A student living facility is named in her memory.

The Koeze’s have three children, Kristin, Cynthia, and Jeff, all of whom have had careers as entrepreneurs.

Koeze Company, founded in 1910 in Grand Rapids, is a leading producer of roasted nuts, chocolate confections, and other specialty foods.

This scholarship makes awards to Seidman College of Business Students in the Master of Business Administration course, with first priority for those with demonstrated financial need and secondly for those with undergraduate degrees in the arts or humanities.

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Autocam Medical Corporation

Autocam Medical Engineering Scholarship was established by Autocam Medical Corporation under the leadership of President John C. Kennedy. Autocam Medical is a leading contract manufacturer of high-performance, precision CNCmachined components for demanding medical applications. Kennedy attributes the company’s
success to its emphasis on continuous process improvement efforts and employee involvement.

Autocam Precision Components Group Engineering

Autocam Precision Components Group Engineering

Established by Autocam Corporation in 2012 to encourage engineering careers in West Michigan. Autocam, now a division of NN, Inc., is a worldwide manufacturer of precision machined components for many advancing industries around the world. Autocam attributes the company’s success to its continuous process improvement culture and employee involvement.

The Autocam Precision Components Group is encouraging students to learn about advanced manufacturing and its impact on emerging technologies. This scholarship seeks to support students from Michigan who may have limited exposure to advanced manufacturing and to raise awareness of the positive impact advanced manufacturing is having across many industries around the world.

Barbara L. Flaschenriem

Barbara L. Flaschenriem

Dr. Barbara L. Flaschenreim was a distinguished feminist scholar of Latin literature, who was one of the original members of Grand Valley’s Department of Classics, and a professor at the University until her death in 2013.

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 in gardening. In 1988 Barbara helped establish the White Pine Chapter of the Michigan Botanical Club, the native plant society of Michigan. The chapter’s first meeting was a field trip along the Grand Rapids at Grand Valley State University. It was through the Michigan Botanical Club that Ms. Waddell became acquainted with Dr. John Shontz, Professor of Biology at Grand Valley State University.

Since then the chapter has had monthly meetings from September through April at Grand Valley State University. In the warmer months field trips take the members to a variety of locations in Michigan. Barbara had a deep interest in conservation, especially of native plants, which she shared with the Botanical Club members. By providing information about seed sources and activities of groups that fostered native plants, she encouraged the Botanical Club members to plan and save native plants and to work at controlling invasive species.

Barbara also worked with 4-H youth teaching them about native plants and encouraging them to get involved in preserving native plants and using them in landscaping. These activities were a passion for her. Upon their retirement, Barbara and Arlene spent their summers in Howard City and winters in Florida. In Florida, Barbara worked long hours with the Florida Native Plant Society on programs to preserve native species, to eradicate undesirable invasive plants, and to educate young people about native plants. Eventually Barbara and Arlene became permanent residents of Florida. Upon her death, Barbara provided for a trust whose income went to Arlene as long as she lived.

Upon Arlene’s death, Barbara directed that a bequest be given to Grand Valley State University for the study of use of native plants in landscaping. It was because Ms. Waddell’s trust and respect for GVSU professor Dr. John Shontz that she chose to provide a generous gift to Grand Valley State University in her estate plans that would continue her avocation of native plants.

Barbara always said she thought the best way to get people excited about native plants was through education and involvement of young people. Her wish was that her money be used for the purpose of getting young people involved in conservation of native plants, promoting growth of native plants, and promoting use of native plants in landscaping and gardening. To that end The Waddell-Treanor Native Plants Endowment is established.

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, Vivacious, Ageless women of influence in their community. As young women, Bari and JoAnn had opportunities to travel and study abroad, expanding their perspective of the world, exposing them to formal and informal leadership styles, instilling a desire for lifelong learning, and inspiring them to live up to their full potential.

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 within those cultures function.

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. Idema was the son of Steelcase co-founder Walter Idema and his wife Mary. Bill, who passed in 2008, and his wife Beatrice “Bea” have actively supported many organizations throughout West Michigan that enrich the lives of its citizens. Bill had an uncanny ability to grasp concepts related to physics. Bill and Bea gave of their time and money to support many causes in the Grand Rapids area, from faith-based organizations, to Jon Ball Zoo, to projects aimed at helping youth and education.

After Bill’s passing, Bea continued to carry on his philanthropic legacy. The Bill and Bea Idema Foundation supported the construction of the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, which named a classroom after the foundation, and played a major role in making construction possible for the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons. This scholarship will continue his legacy and assist students studying Physics at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and who demonstrate need.

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 Valley. As a nurse, a philanthropist, and an advocate for education, this scholarship is an expression of Bea’s passion for personally investing in helping others.

Bea and her husband, William “Bill” W. Idema, have actively supported many philanthropic organizations throughout West Michigan including John Ball Zoo, the Grand Rapids Symphony, American Red Cross, and the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Bill, the son of Steelcase co-founder, Walter Idema, passed in 2008, and Bea has continued their legacy of transformational philanthropy throughout West Michigan.

The Bill and Bea Idema Foundation was a key supporter of the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons as well as the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. Bea nad her family, including her sister Joyce ‘Joy’ Versluis, have been avid supporters and friends to GVSU. In 2013, Bea was honored by GVSU with the Enrichment Award, the University’s highest honor. This scholarship will inspire and assist nursing students who demonstrate financial need.

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 “Joy” are long-time supporters and friends of Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Philip, who passed in 2017, had a long career with the Kent County Juvenile Court, eventually retiring for the role as Director. He also spent his weekends continuing to work at his family’s farm. Versluis Orchards, for many years.

Philip attended Calvin College before enlisting and serving in the army, then studied Criminal Justice and earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s from Michigan State University when he returned. Philip and Joy raised their family in Walker, Michigan. Joy was linked to Grand Valley through her sister Bea Idema, and her service as a trustee of the Bill and Bea Idema Foundation, which played a critical role in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons in Allendale. Philip and Joy initiated the Philip and Joyce Versluis Endowed Scholarship to support business majors in the Seidman College of Business, and had many ties to Grand Valley through Joy’s family. This scholarship will continue Philip’s legacy and assist students in criminal justice who demonstrate financial need.