About The University Club of Grand Rapids Scholarship Foundation
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 Foundation. 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.