Dr. Ronald Ward Scholarship

In recognition of the outstanding service of Dr. Ronald W. Ward to Grand Valley State University and to the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute, this scholarship is established and funded by the R.B. Annis Foundation. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide educational opportunities to students for study in the sciences, engineering, math, and/or health professions at Grand Valley State University. The following guidelines are used in the administration of the Dr. Ronald W. Ward Scholarship Fund.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for this scholarship students must meet the following criteria:
1.Must be entering their freshman year at GVSU
2.Must be enrolled with full-time status as a degree-seeking student.
3.Must show aptitude in the sciences, engineering, math, and/or health professions and intend to major, concentrate, or specialize in one of these fields while at GVSU.
4.Must have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or better (on 4.0 system) and an ACT score of at least 24 (or SAT of at least 1100).

Renewal Criteria:Students who have previously received this scholarship are eligible to reapply, but a new pool of applicants will be evaluated each year. Previous awardees of this scholarship, who are reapplying, must maintain a 3.00 grade point average and successfully complete 25 credits after the first year, 55 credits after the second year, and 85 credits after the third year of attendance.

R. B. Annis Foundation
Supplemental Questions
  1. What do you intend to major in at GVSU?
  2. Have you previously received the Dr. Ronald Ward Scholarship?
  3. Please upload a personal essay (2-page limit). Include in the essay information about yourself and your educational and career goals. Do not, however merely list activities, honors and awards, since you have already done this elsewhere. Instead, help the selection committee understand and feel your uniqueness. To accomplish this, it would be a good idea to write in first person (use "I"). Try to make yourself come to life as a person, as a student, and as a future member of your chosen profession. Remember that the committee has read many applications. Your must make them understand why they should choose you for the scholarship rather than someone else whose record -- on paper at least -- might appear almost identical to yours. Your essay weighs heavily in the committee's decision.
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation from former teachers or counselors. Please make sure to contact the individuals to ensure they are willing to serve as a reference. To monitor whether your reference provider has provided the requested information, once you have specified a reference provider at least once, the “References” menu will appear in the top navigation menu. Simply navigate to that tab and you will see all references specified. “Requested” means that the reference provider has not yet supplied the requested information whereas “Submitted” means that your reference provider has completed his/her reference. By clicking “Resend”, you can remind the reference providers to complete the request.
    • Please provide a name and email address for an individual who can serve as a reference and provide a letter of recommendation on your behalf.