Eric Maino '05View all stories
Young alumni are an important part of the Grand Valley community, and by giving back, they have a significant impact on the university and its students. Eric Maino is one example of a young alumnus making a difference.
After graduating with a degree in information systems in 2005, Maino began working for Microsoft. In 2009, he leveraged the matching gift power of the company to create the Eric Maino Community Technology Award Endowment.
“I realized that even if I start slow and the fund can only affect one or two students early on, I’d rather have the opportunity to witness how these students develop now than wait until I’m in the position to make a larger impact,” he said.
The scholarship is available to students who are pursuing careers in computing and information systems or those who are striving to integrate new technology in their field. The award also encourages students to maximize their networks and develop strong relationships with professionals in the technological industry while they are at Grand Valley – something that Maino credits for his success.