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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cheryl Borgman Student Assistance Fund
This financial fund assists students with travel to clinical placements and lodging.
Douglas C. and Kimberly K. Fenbert Endowed Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship assists talented undergraduate nursing students with financial need.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kipp and Erin Chillag Endowed Scholarship
This endowed scholarship assists a Doctor of Nursing Practice student in the Nurse Practitioner track.
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.
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.
Koning Family Health Sciences Scholarship
Assists a student with financial need who is in the nursing, radiation therapy, or diagnostic medical sonography program.
Larita “Rita” Stephanak Memorial Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship assists a senior level undergraduate nursing student with financial need.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wildey Family Scholarship
This scholarship assists any nursing students with financial need.