Mitchell GrewerView all stories
The constant activity of the Barbara H. Padnos International Center caught Mitchell Grewer’s attention after he transferred to Grand Valley State University. He worked nearby in the Payroll Department, and decided to stop by one day during his lunch break. The decision changed his life forever.
“I didn’t have the money, but really wanted to study abroad,” said Grewer. “I applied and put down a deposit, knowing that if I didn’t get extra financial assistance I wouldn’t be able to go.”
Grewer received the Mark A. & Elizabeth C. Murray Scholarship for Study Abroad, an award given to students who wish to study outside of the United States but are not able to afford a study abroad. “I am eternally grateful to the Murrays and other Grand Valley donors,” Grewer said. “They made a tangible impact on my life."
As a business student, Grewer knew the importance of international experiences, and decided to study abroad in Shanghai, China during the summer of 2012.
Grewer, who is majoring in Management Information Systems, had not done much travelling before his trip abroad. “Since I only had this one opportunity, I wanted to make it count and really get a new perspective that’s so valuable in the business world,” he said.
Grewer learned about Chinese culture while working in the Global Admissions Office at East China Normal University. While in Shanghai, he crossed paths with an American who worked for Cargill, a food production company based in Minneapolis that Grewer had been researching and was interested in working for.
That contact recommended Grewer for an internship at Cargill, which led to his placement as a Business Intelligence Intern during the summer of 2013. Grewer was a great fit for the company, and will be returning in the summer of 2014 for a second internship with the company.
Grewer said that his personal success can be linked back to Grand Valley and the incredible encouragement he has received. “The community behind me, supporting me in everything I do, makes me proud to be a Laker,” he said.
Grewer also recognizes the important role that the university’s supporters have played in his Grand Valley story. “Students aren’t usually great at showing their appreciation to donors,” he said. “But I’ve seen the difference that giving back makes. I’ve benefitted so much, and now I’m going to give. I’m a Laker for a Lifetime.”