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Supporting the Kirkhof College of Nursing

The Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON) provides students with a rigorous, patient-centered education and the critical and creative thinking skills needed to successfully face the challenges of our changing health care system.  We work diligently to prepare our students in a supportive environment with excellent faculty and resources and strong connections to the practice community. 

Private gifts fund important educational areas such as scholarships, research, and hands-on learning not covered by tuition dollars or state aid, which are a necessity for many of our students.  In addition, the recruitment and retention of faculty and students who reflect the diversity of our population have been identified as essential strategies to address U. S. health care disparities.  Because of gifts that support these needs, our students are able to pursue their passions and ultimately make positive impacts on the health of our communities. 

There are many ways to support Grand Valley State University. You can give to any of the following funds to directly support students at the Kirkhof College of Nursing. On behalf of our current and future students, we sincerely thank you for your contribution.

Please scroll down for a list of current KCON scholarships and funds.


Beatrice “Bea” A. Idema Nursing Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship provides support to junior or senior level nursing students in the Kirkhof College of Nursing who have above a 3.2 GPA.

Give to the Beatrice "Bea" A. Idema Nursing Endowed Scholarship.


The Bonnie Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation

The mission of The Wesorick Center is to lead the transformation of healthcare through scholarly research, projects and collaborative opportunities that join practice with education.  Using an interprofessional approach, The Wesorick Center aims to address the issues within our nation’s healthcare systems that adversely affect health outcomes. 

Give to The Bonnie Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation fund here.


Brintnall Interprofessional Palliative and Hospice Care Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship assists post-baccalaureate level students with the costs of completing the Interprofessional Palliative and Hospice Care Certificate program.

Give to the Brintnall Interprofessional Palliative and Hospice Care Endowed Scholarship.


Budden Family Pathway Endowed Scholarship

This fund assists a female student in a health sciences program from a middle income family who does not qualify for federal-need based aid.

Give to the Budden Family Pathway Endowed Scholarship.


Candace Otte Scholarship for Nursing

This scholarship benefits a deserving nursing student interested in entering the paramedic career field. Preference will be given to candidates who are licensed Paramedics, Advanced EMT, or who have equivalent training.

Give to the Candace Otte Scholarship for Nursing fund here.


Cheryl Borgman Student Assistance Fund

This financial fund assists students with travel to clinical placements and lodging.

Give to the Cheryl Borgman Student Assistance Fund here.


Douglas C. and Kimberly K. Fenbert Endowed Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship assists talented undergraduate nursing students with financial need.

Give to the Douglas C. and Kimberly K. Fenbert Endowed Memorial Scholarship fund here.


Dr. Esther and Enrico Sobong Scholarship

This scholarship assists students with financial need who are non-traditional students in nursing. This scholarship can also assist Registered Nurses (RN) returning to school to pursue a BSN. Each recipient is awarded up to $1,500.

Give to the Dr. Esther and Enrico Sobong Scholarship fund here.


Esther R. Padnos Nursing Endowment

Recognizing the national shortage of nurses and its impact on health care, Esther Padnos has come to appreciate how fortunate the residents of West Michigan are to have a cadre of well qualified, caring and dedicated nurses. This scholarship fulfills Esther's vision by assisting students in the accelerated nursing program.

Give to the Esther R. Padnos Nursing Endowment fund here.


Esther R. Stotz Nursing Scholarship Endowment

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide a distinguished scholarship award to an entering freshman who plans to pursue a degree in nursing. Students must have a 3.6 GPA and a minimum 30 ACT composite score to apply.

Give to the Esther R. Stotz Nursing Scholarship Endowment fund here.


Eugene and Lillian Pawl Scholarship

Dr. Lawrence E. Pawl established this scholarship in 2006 to honor his parents, Eugene and Lillian, who did not graduate from college but provided their son the opportunity. This scholarship benefits first generation nursing students. Applicants must be in their junior or senior year.

Give to the Eugene and Lillian Pawl Scholarship fund here.


Florence Cowan Ward Scholarship for Nursing

John Ward established this scholarship, which benefits nursing students and is awarded to the highest-qualifying applicants. Each recipient receives up to $1,000. This scholarship was established to provide a lasting memorial in honor of Florence Cowan Ward, who worked at Butterworth Hospital during her lifetime.

Give to the Florence Cowan Ward Scholarship for Nursing fund here.


Gail & Scott Haebich Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship seeks to assist students in obtaining their goals in the field of nursing. Students must be in their last six semesters at the Kirkhof College of Nursing and must demonstrate financial need. Gail and Scott Haebich created this scholarship in memory of Gail's mother, Alma L. Simpson, who enjoyed a robust career in nursing.

Give to the Gail & Scott Haebich Nursing Scholarship fund here.


GVSU Family Health Center

The mission of the GVSU Family Health Center is to provide accessible, quality healthcare and promote an innovative learning environment through an academic nurse-managed approach. Services include allergy and immunizations, primary adult and pediatric care, flu shots, and same-day sick visits.

Give to the GVSU Family Health Center fund here.


Jean E. Martin Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarship Endowment

This $10,000 scholarship assists students pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree who are interested in child and adolescent health issues. Applicants must have a concentration in Advanced Practice Nursing with Child/Adolescent Specialty. This scholarship was created by Associate Professor Jean E. Martin, PhD, an active advocate for child and adolescent health and wellness.

Give to the Jean E. Martin Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarship Endowment fund here.


Judith S. Pratt Non-Traditional Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship was established to benefit the non-traditional nursing student who has previously earned a BS/BA degree and desires to complete a BSN degree. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better to be considered.

Give to the Judith S. Pratt Non-Traditional Nursing Scholarship fund here.


Kipp and Erin Chillag Endowed Scholarship

This endowed scholarship assists a Doctor of Nursing Practice student in the Nurse Practitioner track.  

Give to the Kipp and Erin Chillag Endowed Scholarship fund here.


Kirkhof College of Nursing Alumni Endowed Scholarship

This endowed scholarship will be given to undergraduate senior-level nursing students who demonstrate financial need beginning in Fall 2016.

Give to the Kirkhof College of Nursing Alumni Endowed Scholarship fund here.


Kirkhof College of Nursing Endowment

This endowment funds programs for nursing students, including scholarships, research opportunities, and hands-on learning not covered by tuition dollars or state aid.

Give to the Kirkhof College of Nursing Endowment fund here.


Koning Family Health Sciences Scholarship

Assists a student with financial need who is in the nursing, radiation therapy, or diagnostic medical sonography program.

Give to the Koning Family Health Sciences Scholarship.


Larita “Rita” Stephanak Memorial Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship assists a senior level undergraduate nursing student with financial need.

Give to the Larita "Rita" Stephanak Memorial Nursing Scholarship fund here.


Lynne Kraemer Memorial Endowment

This endowed scholarship benefits deserving students enrolling in the nursing program who demonstrate financial need. Recipients are awarded $1,000. Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Kraemer, from Detroit, Michigan, established this scholarship in memory of the tragic death of their daughter, Lynne Kraemer.

Give to the Lynne Kraemer Memorial Endowment fund here.


Maria I. Perez Nursing Scholarship

To assist any nursing student pursuing a BSN degree (including non-traditional students and those pursuing a second degree) who are dedicated to promoting academic, professional, and personal growth for people who have been historically underrepresented in the nursing profession.

Give to the Maria I. Perez Nursing Scholarship fund here.


Samuel L. Westerman Nursing Scholarship Endowment

This scholarship benefits full-time nursing students at the junior and senior level who have demonstrated financial need. Students must be active in volunteer community service programs and have a 3.0 GPA to apply.

Give to the Samuel L. Westerman Nursing Scholarship Endowment fund here.


Steven and Kathryn '83 Bandstra Clinical Placement Scholarship

This scholarship assists students in clinical placement sites outside of urban areas in Western and Northern Michigan who are pursuing degrees in RN to BSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Occupational Therapy, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies.

Give to the Steven and Kathryn '83 Bandstra Clinical Placement Scholarship fund here.


Steven and Kathryn '83 Bandstra Health Sciences Scholarship

This scholarship assists students with demonstrated financial need and to fill the gap for those who are pursuing degrees in RN to BSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Occupational Therapy, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies who are interested in senior care.

Give to the Steven and Kathryn '83 Bandstra Health Sciences Scholarship fund here.


Teri Linn (Houghton) Marsh Endowed Memorial Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to assist students pursuing any degree in the Kirkhof College of Nursing with preference given to students who demonstrate an interest in the study or research of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity or obesity-related diseases defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or transition of care issues. Funds support junior, senior, graduate, or doctoral level nursing students.

Give to the Teri Linn (Houghton) Marsh Endowed Memorial Nursing Scholarship fund here.


Volkhardt Family Scholarship

The Volkhardt scholarship was created by Mrs. Doris M. Volkhardt with the assistance of her son, J. Stevens Volkhardt, alumnus of the Class of 1970. This scholarship is available to students who demonstrate financial need and are attending the Kirkhof College of Nursing. Students must be in their junior year. Doris Volkhardt, throughout her life, received care from many nurses and physical therapists and wishes to honor those who cared for her by providing this scholarship for future nurses and physical therapists.

Give to the Volkhardt Family Scholarship fund here.


Wesorick Center Operations Fund

Gifts to this fund support the general operations of The Bonnie Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation, which include planning, coordinating, and directing initiatives benefiting students. The mission of The Wesorick Center is to lead the transformation of healthcare through scholarly research, projects and collaborative opportunities that join practice with education.  Using an interprofessional approach, The Wesorick Center aims to address the issues within our nation’s healthcare systems that adversely affect health outcomes. 

Give to the Wesorick Center Operations Fund here.

 


Wildey Family Scholarship

This scholarship assists any nursing students with financial need. 

Give to the Wildey Family Scholarship fund here.