Mitchell Grewer, class of 2014, knew that he should make studying abroad a priority while at Grand Valley. He didn’t realize how the trip would change his future.
Mitchell, who is studying Management of Information Systems, didn’t have the funds to study abroad, but knew he needed the global perspective that is so valuable in the business world.
“I applied and put down a deposit,” he said, “knowing that if I didn’t get extra financial assistance I wouldn’t be able to go.”
After receiving the Mark A. & Elizabeth C. Murray Scholarship for Study Abroad, Mitchell studied in Shanghai, China.
"I am eternally grateful to the Murrays and other scholarship donors,” Mitchell said. “They see how well study abroad does for the students, and for employers.”
While in Shanghai, he crossed paths with an American who worked for Cargill, a food production corporation that Mitchell had been researching. That contact recommended him for an internship at the company, which has led Mitchell to other opportunities.
Mitchell links his personal success to Grand Valley and the encouragement he has received from the university.
“The community behind me, supporting me in everything I do, makes me proud to be a Laker,” he said.
Mitchell has joined that community by donating himself, providing opportunities for other students.
“I take $10 a paycheck to give back to the same scholarship,” Mitchell said, “I’m a Laker for a Lifetime.”