Our Donors

Jean Enright

Jean Enright

This scholarship is named in honor of Jean Enright for her seventeen years of service to Grand Valley State University as Executive Assistant to both presidents Lubbers and Murray. In this role and in others, Jean Enright exemplified how an intelligent and gifted...

Jean Martin

Jean Martin

Jean Martin, PhD, RN, CPNP has been with Grand Valley for more than 15 years and currently is an Associate Professor in the Kirkhof College of Nursing. She received a B.S.N. from the University of Michigan in 1968, a Master of Science in Maternal-Child Nursing from...

Jeanne Arnold

Jeanne Arnold

Dr. Arnold is the Vice President for Inclusion and Equity at Grand Valley State University. The First Generation Urban Schools Scholarship was established by her to provide opportunities for students who are the first in their families to attend college and may...

Jennifer Youssef

Jennifer Youssef

Jennifer Youssef, Grand Valley class of 2002, wrote for the Lanthorn and freelanced for the Grand Rapids Press in 2000-01 while a student at GVSU: during her last semester she worked full time for The Daily Telegram in Adrian, Michigan, and graduated in 2002....

Jim and Donna Brooks

Jim and Donna Brooks

Mr. and Mrs. Jim and Donna Brooks of Holland, MI, seek to provide financial aid to minority students at Grand Valley State University through The Brooks Family Minority Scholarship. Donna Brooks serves as a Trustee of the University. At the establishment of this...

Jim and Ginger Jurries

Jim and Ginger Jurries

This scholarship was created by Jim and Ginger Jurries of Holland, Michigan. The Jurries Family Scholarship was created for qualified candidates who are working toward either a business or a writing degree. Jim, a graduate of Hope College, has been a leader in the...

Jim and Shirley Menacher

Jim and Shirley Menacher

This scholarship was created by Jim and Shirley Menacher to continue Eric Gillette’s memory by providing financial support to students with financial need who are completing an undergraduate degree in the computer sciences.

John and Barbara Gracki

John and Barbara Gracki

John and Barbara Gracki, long-time and faithful supporters of the Laker football team demonstrated their belief in the importance of athletes completing their degree by establishing the John and Barbara Gracki Football Degree Completion Scholarship Fund. The...

John and Deanna Green

John and Deanna Green

Suzanne D. Green (John Green’s mother) and Deanna Lee Green (scholarship donor) were first generation students who had a career focus in education. Suzanne D. Green was an educator for 42 years with the last 25 years as a Special Education Consultant in East Grand...

John and Dorothy Ward

John and Dorothy Ward

Florence Cowan Ward earned her nursing credentials from Butterworth Hospital School of Nursing in 1918. To provide a lasting memorial in honor of her dedication, service to community and high-quality care for the sick, John Ward, her son, has established the Florence...

John and Nancy Kennedy

John and Nancy Kennedy

Joseph Spruit, founder of Autodie Corporation, was a lifelong entrepreneur who inspired many fellow business persons. Mr. Spruit started his career at Link Tool and Die, leaving there in 1962 to buy his first business, Jellens Tool and Die. Renamed Autodie, the...

John and Virginia Reifel

John and Virginia Reifel

Ginny Reifel was a dedicated Grand Rapids Public Schools teacher who taught first grade in the inner city for many years. Ginny’s commitment to educating her students led her to supplement school-provided resources and to develop individual curriculum tailored to...

John "Jack" Chamberlain

John "Jack" Chamberlain

The Ruth Chamberlain Global Issues Scholarship was established by John “Jack” Chamberlain in memory of his wife Ruth. Jack has been connected to the Frederik Meijer Honors College through the director (and son) Jeff Chamberlain. The scholarship will provide...

John J. and Marjorie E. Shepard

John J. and Marjorie E. Shepard

John J. Shepard was known in West Michigan as progressive businessman who had a passion for life and the radio industry. He ran Shepard Broadcasting Inc. for over 50 years here in the West Michigan area. Along with WLAV-FM he owned and operated several other radio...

Jonathan and Marcia White

Jonathan and Marcia White

This scholarship was established by Jonathan R. and Marcia L. White in recognition of Colonel Ralph Hauenstein’s record of military and civilian service. Dr. White is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Frederik Meijer Honors College. He is a national...

Joseph and Elizabeth Godwin

Joseph and Elizabeth Godwin

Joseph and Elizabeth Godwin established this scholarship in 2009 to continue their financial support to graduates of Decatur High School in Michigan who attend Grand Valley State University. Dr. Joseph Godwin joined Grand Valley in 1995 and currently serves as the...

Joseph Appelt

Joseph Appelt

Joseph Appelt was born in Grand Rapids. Upon graduating from Creston High School, Joe was fortunate enough to earn a scholarship which would pay the cost of tuition for him to attend the University of Michigan. This assistance permitted Joe to successfully complete...

Josh May

Josh May

Josh May is a 2002 Grand Valley State University alumnus and owner of the May Group Realtors with Re/Max of Grand Rapids. The May Group Realtors with Re/Max of Grand Rapids is a great resource for selling homes and finding homes for sale in downtown Grand Rapids, MI...

Joyce and Tom Wisner

Joyce and Tom Wisner

On the occasion of the dedication and opening of the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Professions at Grand Valley State University, Joyce and Tom Wisner created a new scholarship in the health fields. Tom Wisner is President of L.E.T. Incorporated, Land Acquisition and...

Judith S. Pratt

Judith S. Pratt

Nursing is a career that demands excellent grades in the pre-nursing courses as well as the BSN curriculum. The non-traditional student is often gainfully employed while attending classes in preparation for this career change. In addition, the non-traditional student...

Kate Pew Wolters in honor of Vice President for Enrollment Development, Lynn McNamara Blue

Kate Pew Wolters in honor of Vice President for Enrollment Development, Lynn McNamara Blue

The Lynn McNamara Blue ’86 Scholarship is being initiated by Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Trustee, Kate Pew Wolters in honor of Vice President for Enrollment Development, Lynn McNamara Blue. Lynn “Chick” McNamara Blue came to Grand Valley in 1968 as a clerk...

Kathleen Vogelsang

Kathleen Vogelsang

This scholarship is provided by Kathleen B. Vogelsang who wrote the following about her background and motivation to create this scholarship: I entered Grand Valley State University as an undergraduate student in the Business School at the age of 32 with two small...

Kaufman Family to honor Bill Seidman

Kaufman Family to honor Bill Seidman

This scholarship is initiated by the Kaufman Family to honor Bill Seidman, a founder of Grand Valley State University (GVSU); a lifelong, dear friend Dick and Sylvia Kaufman; a valued Director and advisor to Amstore and CEOs Dick Kaufman and Greg Kaufman; and an...

Kenneth and Irene Fridsma

Kenneth and Irene Fridsma

Ken and Irene Fridsma established a scholarship to continue their legacy of helping students at GVSU. Ken Fridsma was the first Director of Financial Aid at GVSU and served in the capacity for more than 40 years. He retired in 2007. Ken received numerous awards and...

Kirkhof College of Nursing Alumni Association

Kirkhof College of Nursing Alumni Association

The Kirkhof College of Nursing Alumni Scholarship was established by the Kirkhof College of Nursing Alumni Association out of gratitude for the high quality education they received at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and to create opportunities for future nursing...

Kurt and Shaunna (McKee) Kelder in memory of their aunt Debra McKee

Kurt and Shaunna (McKee) Kelder in memory of their aunt Debra McKee

This scholarship was established by Kurt and Shaunna (McKee) Kelder in memory of their aunt Debra McKee. Aunt Debbie valued higher education, and so willed much of her estate to her nieces and nephews for this purpose. The Kelders chose to honor Aunt Debbie by...

Lacks Enterprises

Lacks Enterprises

Lacks Enterprises Scholarship was established in 1995 by Lacks Enterprises to assist students with the costs of their education at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Lacks Enterprises’ relationship with GVSU dates back to 1987, and over the years their support...

Laker Baseball Alumni

Laker Baseball Alumni

This scholarship was established by former Laker Baseball players and alumni.

Lakeshore Human Resource Management Association (LHRMA)

Lakeshore Human Resource Management Association (LHRMA)

The Lakeshore Human Resource Management Association (LHRMA), a professional orgranization in western Michigan, supports a scholarship program for a currently enrolled college student who is studying human resources. Their goal is to assist students who are actively...

Las Gralarias Foundation Inc

Las Gralarias Foundation Inc

The goal of Las Gralarias Foundation Inc. is to support projects and programs of Reserva Las Gralarias, located in the parish of Mindo, Ecuador, including the protection of rare and endemic birds, plants and other animals, as well as support reserve management,...