Ways to Give

Your gift to the College of Education and Community Innovation is greatly appreciated and is a direct investment in our students, programs and the University as a whole.

Here are ways to show your support:

  • Provide student scholarships
  • Support academic programs and departments
  • Establish or contribute to an endowment in our College
  • Enhance educational opportunities for current and future students
  • Foster faculty research

In addition to a financial contribution, there are several opportunities to become and stay involved in our College and its students.  To name a few:

  • Guest speaking in a class or student organization
  • Being a mentor
  • Sharing your Laker pride with career successes and photos for a possible spotlight on our website

To learn more about these exciting opportunities, please contact Rita Cooper at [email protected].

Thank you for considering a donation and remember, Laker for a Lifetime!


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Thank you for your generous support for our Grand Valley students.

College of Education Future Teacher Scholarship Endowment

Supports students who are finishing their undergraduate program in Education and who will be enrolling in their student teaching experience.

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George and Beverly Grant, Jr. Community Engagement Fund

This is a newly created fund is to support students, faculty and academic programs with additional resources to fulfill our mission and positively impact our community. 

Dr. George Grant, Jr. began his career at GVSU as a professor in the School of Social Work and later became the School’s director.  In 2008, he was named dean of the College of Community and Public Service (CCPS).  During Dr. Grant's tenure, CCPS grew into a truly engaged college, offering the most community-based learning courses of any college at GVSU. In December 2020, Dr. Grant retired from GVSU.

Beverly Grant served as the Associate Director in the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU before her retirement in 2018.  She volunteers with many organizations within the community.

George and Beverly Grant, Jr.

Richard A. Winn Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2016 by the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association (MLTA) in honor of Richard A. "Rick" Winn.  Rick, president of Amway Hotel Corporation (AHC), is a driving force behind its trio of Grand Rapids hotels.  In his current role, Winn oversees the operations for the Amway Grand Plaza, JW Marriott Grand Rapids, and Downtown Courtyard by Marriott Grand Rapids.  He serves as the point-of-contact for his fellow general managers at AHC.

A Michigan native, Winn remains an active member of the community.  He currently serves on the executive boards of the Grand Rapids Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association, Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority, and the Downtown Development Authority.

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Richard A. "Rick" Winn

Rodney Mulder Social Work Scholarship

Dr. Mulder is perhaps best known as a faculty member from the French, Sociology, and Social Work Departments at Grand Valley State University during a tenure that lasted 44 years.  In 2008, he retired from his post after 15 years serving first as a dean of the School of Social Work, and then as the first Dean of the new College of Community and Public Service.

He was an admired professor, colleague, dean, therapist, and activist who fought social injustice and impacted thousands of lives.  His warm presence and humor will be remembered by his students and friends whose lives were enriched by his guidance and thoughtfulness.

Dr. Mulder served on community boards, including the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Project Rehab, Grand Rapids Christian High School, and as a member, deacon, and elder at Madison Square Church for over 40 years.  He was a tireless advocate for social justice and inclusion.  He mentored students, faculty, and area agencies in reaching across social divides to bring all members into the community as equal voices.

This scholarship was initiated in honor and memory of Rodney Mulder by Mr. Richard Tadgerson. 

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Rodney Mulder

Shawn D. Wiersma Criminal Justice Memorial Scholarship

On September 6, 2004, Shawn Wiersma died in a tragic auto crash.  Shawn is remembered for his service to the Holland Police Department through the City Attorney’s Office, a client of the Cunningham Dalman P.C. Law Office where he practiced.  He developed many friendships within the police department and was highly respected for his ethics and character by clients and colleagues alike.  In addition, Shawn is remembered for his service as an instructor in the School of Criminal Justice at Grand Valley State University.  He was highly respected by students and colleagues and loved his teaching experience which was reflected in his close ties with his students.  His commitment to education was unmatched.

Shawn is remembered for all the good he did and all the people he touched in his shortened life.  To memorialize him in perpetuity, an endowed scholarship in Shawn’s name has been established at Grand Valley State University, his alma mater.  This scholarship will be given annually to an entering senior student in the School of Criminal Justice who plans to enter the police or law professions.

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Shawn D. Wiersma

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