Our Donors

David Parmelee

David Parmelee

Established in 2009 by David Parmelee and Grand Valley State University to honor the life of his brother, Lt. James Wheeler Parmelee. James graduated from a military prep school, served as an officer in the U.S. Navy in World War II, and later attended the U.S. Naval Academy from which he graduated in 1951. He joined the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and was stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany. In 1954 he died in the line of duty.

Dematic

Dematic

Dematic is an international material handling and logistics automation company. It has production and management sites in Europe, China, Australia and the USA and is represented in 35 countries on all continents.

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dematic’s history includes the former Rapistan Inc. that began in 1939 with James R. Sebastian, Sr. and Lloyd C. Backart. After several mergers, Rapistan has been known as Dematic since June 2006. James Sebastian, Sr. is credited with starting the Engineering program at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). He saw the need in the community and wanted GVSU to be the one to start a program to benefit the region.

Department of Modern Languages and Literature

Department of Modern Languages and Literature

The Modern Languages & Literatures Study Abroad Scholarship was established by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to encourage language students at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) to study abroad and immerse themselves in the language and culture to enhance their academic learning experience.

Desiree A. Sanders

Desiree A. Sanders '04 in loving memory of Amos Sanders Jr.

Established by Desiree A. Sanders ’04 in loving memory of her father Amos Sanders Jr. Amos was a licensed electrician who began his automotive career at General Motors as a skilled tradesman (Toolmaker). He worked in the Livonia and Hamtramck locations until he retired in 2006. To his family and friends he was Mr. Fix-It who you could count on if anything needed to be fixed or assembled.

Amos loved to help others and share his words of wisdom about life. To his children he was a superman and they will always remember his talks. Realistic and down to earth, he gave it to you straight, no chaser with the most colorful language ears have heard. He was loved and respected and will be remembered by friends and family as a sincere and generous man with a loving heart. Desiree is giving back to help students, out of gratitude for the support and encouragement of her father while she was earning her degree in health sciences at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). To continue his memory this scholarship will help students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their final year of studies.

DeWitt Barrels

DeWitt Barrels

From its inception in the spring of 1893, DeWitt Barrels was passed from father to son and operated as a sole proprietorship until 1976 when it was incorporated. Today it is run by brothers Tim, Michael & Peter DeWitt. As a member of the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA), DeWitt Barrels is committed to improve the industry’s role in waste source reduction, recycling and responsible packaging management. DeWitt Barrels is the winner of Michigan’s Clean Corporate Citizen Award and prides itself in its continuing efforts to comply with all aspects of today’s environmental issues.

The business is determined to manage environmental, health and safety issues over which it has control and over which it has the potential for significant influence as a result of its products, activities and services. To that end, DeWitt Barrels has partnered with Grand Valley State University to offer this scholarship to students pursuing careers in the preservation and restoration of natural resources.

Dickson and Kathleen Small and family

Dickson and Kathleen Small and family

Established by Dickson and Kathleen Small and their family to encourage students who may have experienced some hardship and are working full or part-time to pay for their own education. Dickson and Kathleen are both educators, and proud parents of two Grand Valley State University alumni who are continuing their commitment to education with their scholarship.

Dirk Koning

Dirk Koning

Dirk Koning was the founding Director of the Community Media Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and an adjunct faculty member at Grand Valley State University. Dirk was a media visionary, a passionate ambassador for public access to the media, who believed that “the airwaves belong to the people.” He was an internationally recognized media activist and champion for free speech. Dirk died unexpectedly in 2005 at the age of 48. This scholarship is named in his memory.

D.J. Angus-Scientech Educational Foundation

D.J. Angus-Scientech Educational Foundation

In recognition of the outstanding service of Dr. Ronald W. Ward to Michigan’s Grand Valley State University, to the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute, and to the Scientech Club of Indianapolis, this scholarship is hereby established by the D.J. Angus-Scientech Educational Foundation.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide educational opportunities to students from the Indianapolis area for study in the sciences and/or engineering at Grand Valley State University. The scholarship recognizes the decades of interaction between the Scientech Club and Grand Valley State University, and the significant role that Dr. Ward has played in that relationship.

Don

Don '67 and Diane '67 Paton

Established in 2009 by Pioneer Class graduates Don ‘67 and Diane ’67 Paton whose involvement with Grand Valley State University (GVSU) began with Diane being the first student admitted, and continues through the 50th anniversary celebration. Don and Diane continue to serve on the Alumni Association board in alternating terms.; Don served as President of the alumni association for five years. Their son Greg became an alum in 2002. This scholarship will continue the family’s legacy and assist students who are adding a credential in entrepreneurship to their portfolio.

Donald and Barbara VanderJagt

Donald and Barbara VanderJagt

The donors recognize that there are two activities on campus that take a considerable amount of time and commitment, namely, majoring in mathematics and participating in athletics. A significant number of students do either of these; a considerably smaller number of students do both. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and reward students who both major in mathematics and participate in intercollegiate athletics.

The donors, Donald and Barbara VanderJagt, are long-time supporters of Grand Valley State University. Dr. VanderJagt, Professor of Mathematics, has been a faculty member at GVSU since 1964 and served 25 years as Chair of the department. Mrs. VanderJagt has taught 6th grade in a local school system for over 30 years, having received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from GVSU. The VanderJagt’s four children are all successful professionals; three graduated from Grand Valley, the fourth transferred from GVSU to another institution to obtain a degree not then available at Grand Valley. Dr. and Mrs. VanderJagt have six grandchildren.

The donors recognize that the outstanding mathematics major and the person who excels in an athletic sport will each be recognized in their respective units. The intention of this scholarship is to recognize student-athletes who may not be outstanding in either area, but still are committed to both areas and spend considerable time and energy to stay competitive both in the classroom and on the playing field.

Donald and Dawn Wagner

Donald and Dawn Wagner

This scholarship was established by Dawn and Donald Wagner in memory of Caprice R. Wagner. Caprice earned her bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University in 2007. In 2008 she was pursuing a master’s degree in public administration when she lost a four-month battle to T-cell Lymphoma. Friends and family remember her warm presence, passion for life, and her desire to empower women served by nonprofit organizations.

Donald and Wilma VanderZwaag

Donald and Wilma VanderZwaag

Donald and Wilma VanderZwaag, 1969 GVSU graduates in business and English respectively, have followed GVSU’s development and growing reputation since their graduation. The VanderZwaag’s created the VanderZwaag Business Scholarship to benefit students in the Seidman College of Business.

Don and Millie Wagner

Don and Millie Wagner

Don and Millie Wagner created a scholarship in memory of Caprice R. Wagner, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in 2007. In 2008 she was pursuing a master’s degree in public administration when she lost a four-month battle to T-cell Lymphoma. Friends and family remember her warm presence, passion for life and her desire to empower women served by nonprofit organizations.

Donations given on behalf of William Hegarty

Donations given on behalf of William Hegarty

William Hegarty retired in 1998 after serving 16 years as Grand Rapids police chief. It was announced soon after this retirement that $20,000 had been raised to create a scholarship in Hegarty’s name. An annual scholarship to be given to a Grand Valley State University criminal justice graduate student.

Doris Volkhardt

Doris Volkhardt

The Volkhardt scholarship was created by Mrs. Doris M. Volkhardt with the assistance of her son, J. Stevens Volkhardt, alumnus of the Class of 1970. This scholarship is available to students who demonstrate financial need and are attending the Kirkhof College of Nursing or Physical Therapy Department of the College of Health Professions. An essay is required with application. Doris Volkhardt, throughout her life, received the care of many nurses and physical therapists and wishes to honor those who cared for her by providing this scholarship for future nurses and physical therapists.

Dorothy and Forrest Armstrong

Dorothy and Forrest Armstrong

The Graduate Teacher Certification Program (GTC) was begun in 1996 by Dorothy and Forrest Armstrong to serve students who chose a commitment to k-12 teaching at least years after having earned a baccalaureate degree. The goal is to help provide a stream of unusually mature teachers whose commitment to teaching is based in part on life experience on which they can draw in the classroom. Such students may be especially in need of financial aid, since the full-time matriculation the program requires may force most to forego undertaking other employment during their matriculation in it.

Doug

Doug '05 and Christen '07 Fox

Doug ‘05 and Christen ’07 Fox aspire to invest in the academic and professional life of Grand Valley student with a declared major in Marketing and/or Management. As a business student, Doug majored in both Marketing and Management from the Seidman College of Business. He credits his professional success to an internship opportunity he received while attending GVSU. Additionally, Doug believes he wouldn’t be where he is today without the esteemed professors and distinguished program of the Seidman College of Business. As a student intern, Doug earned valuable experience that led to a full-time career post-graduation and ultimately inspired him to become an entrepreneur himself. Together, Doug and Christen Fox desire to contribute their financial gifts and personal experience toward impacting the next generation of GVSU business professionals.

Doug and Joan Budden

Doug and Joan Budden

Doug and Joan Budden have ties to health care careers and believe in creating a future where we compassionately take care of one another. Although they did not attend Grand Valley State University (GVSU), they are both impressed with the quality education and in particular the health sciences programs.

Doug and Joan would like to be a part of the continued success of GVSU and its impact on West Michigan and our future leaders. To do this, they are establishing an endowed scholarship to help support an undergraduate or graduate student in the health sciences. Their hope is to have this gift help students attain a degree that will lead to a lifetime of giving and caring for others in the community.

Doug and Linda Woods

Doug and Linda Woods

The Doug and Linda Woods Excellence in Athletic Training Scholarship was established in the name of Doug and Linda Woods to help promote Athletic Training as a career and to provide student athletic trainers with financial aid so they can excel in their pursuit of becoming better athletic trainers.

Douglas C. and Kimberly K. Fenbert Memorial Scholarship

Douglas C. and Kimberly K. Fenbert Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Douglas and Kimberly Fenbert in memory of their daughter Jennifer (Jeni) K. Bleich who was passionate about helping people in need. She worked in the healthcare field and was working towards a degree in nursing when she unexpectedly passed away. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist talented nursing students with the cost of their education.

Douglas K. Chung

Douglas K. Chung

This graduate Social Work scholarship was established by Douglas K. Chung to promote social work services in the Asian countries and communities. Douglas K. Chung, MSW, MA, Ph.D., has been a professor in the School of Social Work in the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University since 1989. He is a commissioner on the United States Council of Social Work (CSWE) since 2001. Trained as a researcher in mental health, community organization, and family therapy, he has extensive practice and teaching experience and has publications in cross-cultural social work education and practice. He is engaged in building culturally sensitive models for personal and social transformation through the integration of Qigong Technologies and human services. He was one of the editors and authors of Social Work with Asian Americans, and Qigong Therapies: A Self Care Approach. He is currently writing Meridian Therapies, and Chinese Social Work in the 21st Century. The Asian Center was established in 1995 as a qualified, non-profit organization to meet the particular needs of the culturally sensitive Asian/Pacific Islander community. As a social work scholar, Dr. Chung responded to a racial slur aired on a local radio station in West Michigan against the Asian community in 1994 and organized a group of Asian American leaders to establish The Asian Center of which Douglas K. Chung is now President.

Doulatram (Ram) Chattulani

Doulatram (Ram) Chattulani

Established in loving memory of Doulatram (Ram) Chattulani by his family and friends. Ram was born in Kobe, Japan in 1941 to W.D. Chattulani and Masuyo Kimura. He came to the United States in 1960 in pursuit of a strong education and access to better resources for his family. He worked tirelessly to put himself through school, ultimately receiving a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He went on to teach at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) for 39 years, shaping the lives of thousands of aspiring teachers. He enjoyed biking, tennis, and playing with his granddaughters. He valued adventure and experiences, and loved traveling with his family to mamy parts of the world. Ram passed away as a result of a biking accident in Thailand in August 2017. This scholarship will continue his legacy in preparing talented educators by providing financial assistance to education majors.

Dr. Charles and Susan Baker-Clark

Dr. Charles and Susan Baker-Clark

The Charles and Susan Baker-Clark HTM Scholarship is created in honor of Dr. Charles Baker-Clark, former HTM Department Chair, and his wife Susan Baker-Clark, both long-time supporters of internationalization and study abroad opportunities for Grand Valley State University (GVSU) students. Their accomplishments include the development of a study abroad program in Italy for the Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) and culminated in Dr. Baker-Clark being named a 2014-15 Fulbright International Scholar.

Dr. Earl Harper

Dr. Earl Harper

The Earl Harper Management Scholarship was estblished in 1988 by Dr. Earl Harper to assist minority students studying management at Grand Valley State University. Earl joined Granf Valley State University in 1971, serving as Assistant Dean from 1971-76 in the College of Arts and Sciences. He became part of the School of Business from 1979 until his retirement in 1994, serving as Chair of the Management Department from 1979-1986 and from 1989-1992. He was an advocate for students and spent considerable time advising and counseling them on career requirements and opportunities. He was a member of many professional organizations and honor societies.

Prior to his academic career, Earl spent 25 years in production management at the Doehler-Jarvis Division of National Lead Company. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-53. Earl earned his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University after earning four degrees from Western Michigan University.

Dr. Erin Chillag

Dr. Erin Chillag '01, '08, '13 and Dr. Kipp Chillag

Dr. Erin Chillag ’01, ’08, ’13 and Dr. Kipp Chillag are both dedicated healthcare professionals. Kipp specializes in pediatric and adult neurology at Metro Health in Wyoming, MI, and Erin received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Grand Valley State University. She is also an embedded faculty member of the Kkirkhof College of Nursing, working partnership with Mercy Health Physician Partners in Rockford, MI. As a proud alumna and grant recipeient, Erin knows firsthand how important it is for students to have access to financial resources in order to succeed.

Dr. Greg and Lisa Kulesza

Dr. Greg and Lisa Kulesza

Dr. Greg and Lisa Kulesza have been active members in the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) community. As parents of three Grand Valley alums, they have seen firsthand how transformative a Grand Valley education can be, and they hope to provide those same opportunities to future students.

Dr. Gunter Stein

Dr. Gunter Stein

Dr. Gunter Stein established a scholarship in memory of his father George Stein. Both George and Marianne were immigrants from Germany. George worked for many years as a tool and die maker at Fisher Body in Grand Rapids. He believed in education as a key to success and instilled the value of education on all of his children.

Dr. James V. Buzzitta and Family

Dr. James V. Buzzitta and Family

Dr. James V. Buzzitta completed his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, graduating with honors, and is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Butterworth Hospital where he won numerous awards, including the Resident of the Year Award. In 1983, Dr. Buzzitta began building his private practice after he joined a local Internal Medicine group. Then in 1989, he developed Michigan Medical, P.C. (MMPC), a large physician-owned and governed medical corporation located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he served as managing shareholder, chief executive officer, chief medical officer, and chairman of the board. In 2007, Dr. Buzzitta retired from MMPC and shifted his focus to the Buzzitta family businesses.

Dr. Buzzitta frequently speaks on many health care topics including physician integration, health care reform and economics. He serves on several boards and committees including as a director for the Grand Valley University Foundation.

Dr. Janet G. Brashler

Dr. Janet G. Brashler

The Mnomen Native American Scholarship was established by Dr. Janet G. Brashler, Professor and Curator of Anthropology at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Dr. Brashler has taught and conducted research related to Pre-Columbian North America peoples and contemporary Native peoples. Her interests in anthropology include ceramic analysis, environmental anthropology, archaeology of the Easter U.S., and social justice issues. The name of the scholarship comes from the word Anishnabemowin meaning wild rice, which grows on the lakes, and we are all Lakers! This scholarship will continue her legacy of mentoring students, especially Native American students, who otherwise would not be able to attend GVSU.

Dr. Murray and Pam Malinoski

Dr. Murray and Pam Malinoski

Dr. Murray Malinoski is a proud GVSU alum and along with his wife, Pam, they are active members of the community by volunteering in Alumni activities and serving in leadership roles within the Family Association committee. As a Legacy Family, Dr. Murray and Pam are proud parents of two GVSU alums and through their experience with the University they identified a need for students who wish to continue their education. The Malinoski family wants to provide opportunities for students to finish their undergraduate career and continue their education in dentistry.