Supporting our future local leaders…
The University Club of Grand Rapids Scholarship Fund has been established with the purpose of assisting students who express a strong desire to remain in or return to West Michigan upon completion of their studies.
2014 Scholarship Recipients
We recently chose our three scholarship recipients for 2014! Congratulations to Jessica Guillaume (Kentwood High School), Elizabeth Hathaway (West Catholic High School), and Grace Peterson (Spring Lake High School)!
About the University Club of Grand Rapids Scholarship Fund
The 1933 valedictorian of Central High School couldn’t afford college until his mother pawned her engagement ring. Following two years at Grand Rapids Junior College (now Grand Rapids Community College), funding for additional college again became a challenge. A local foundation stepped in and he was able to continue his education at the University of Michigan. That student, Harry D. Marshall, chose to return to West Michigan. The former University Club member is remembered not only for his contributions to the economic growth and strength of West Michigan, but also his philanthropy that helped countless others through his involvement with the Employers Association, Mutual Home (currently PNC), Red Cross, United Way, Community Chest and many other organizations.
As part of the University Club of Grand Rapids’ effort to give back to the West Michigan community, the Club has created a Scholarship Fund. It will develop business mentoring opportunities for candidates and for businesses to foster highly motivated and potentially successful young adults. It is the goal of the Scholarship Committee to help students gain career roots in West Michigan and to keep these educated, bright and ambitious potential future leaders in our community.
Today, these students are:
- Contributing to their communities
- Applying themselves educationally and through extra-curricular activities
- Gaining respect from their peers, teachers and coaches
- Planning to remain in West Michigan after college
These are the students that the University Club of Grand Rapids Scholarship Program would like to help. We may not be able to lift their burdens, but we’d like the opportunity to lighten them.
Yet we are in need ourselves. The University Club of Grand Rapids Scholarship Fund is a fledgling fund and, in order to fulfill our mission, we need your help to establish our funding base. Will you help us? All gift amounts are appreciated!
In recognition of your gift, we will publish a list of donors in the following categories:
Summa cum laude: $10,000 +
Magna cum laude: $5,000 – $9,999
Cum laude: $1,000 – $4,999
Those who contribute as a Charter Donor (amounts listed above) will have their name(s) added to a plaque to be displayed in the University Club.
Please make donations payable to: Comerica Charitable Trust with reference to the University Club Scholarship Fund. For your convenience, we can also add a specific amount to your monthly statement.
The University Club Scholarship Fund is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization and gifts are deductible for federal income tax purposes. If you know anyone else who would like to join you in your generosity, please contact the University Club’s office at 616-456-8623.