Horizons Summer 2022

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Student Impact

Providing Quality Equitable Care

Gabriela Herrera, Class of 2022, always knew she wanted to become a nurse. Even from a young age, she could see that marginalized groups needed better representation in the health care system. She has dedicated herself to becoming an advocate for patients. At Grand Valley, Gabi is learning from unique experiences that are preparing her to provide quality equitable care. She is excited for her future career and grateful to know that a new program between BHSH System and Grand Valley will create more opportunities for nursing students like her.

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Why We Give

It's All About the Students

At the 2022 GVU Foundation Enrichment Dinner, Dr. William F. Pickard received the Enrichment Award in recognition of his philanthropic efforts and commitment to the Grand Valley community. Dr. Pickard served on the Grand Valley Board of Trustees for 11 years and remains an active part of the GVSU community. He is driven by a desire to support students' education the same way he was supported. Dr. Pickard gives to Grand Valley to increase the opportunities available to marginalized students. 

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Building a University

Dr. P. Douglas Kindschi received the Arend D. Lubbers Award at the 2022 GVU Foundation Enrichment Dinner. During his 45 years working for the university, he served as the dean of Sciences and Mathematics and is the current director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute. Because of his dedication, Grand Valley's STEM programs became centers for student success. Dr. Kindschi supports Grand Valley every way that he can. His generosity to the university will continue to support students far into the future. 

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Fund Spotlight

Featured Priority: Donor-Funded Scholarships

Getting into college can be a challenge and paying for it can be a bigger one. For many students, scholarships make the difference: between going to college or not, staying or dropping out, or being able to prepare for one’s future. Ninety-six percent of Grand Valley students received at least one form of financial aid in academic year 2020 - 2021. We need to do more to improve access and affordability for all students seeking a Grand Valley education. One of the best ways we can do this is by supporting students through donor-funded scholarships.

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New Endowments, Scholarships, and Gillett Society Members

Thank you to the donors who established new endowments and scholarships, and to the new Gillett Society members who have included Grand Valley in their estate plans. You are empowering learners in their pursuits, professions, and purpose. Because of your gifts, Grand Valley's impact on our community continues to grow.

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2022 Enrichment Dinner

On May 3, we gathered in celebration at the 2022 Enrichment Dinner. The room was illuminated with high spirits as we reconnected with old friends and enjoyed performances from our students. It was an inspiring night honoring the achievements of Dr. Doug Kindschi and Dr. Bill Pickard and witnessing their impact on Grand Valley.

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Scholarship student posing with donor

Scholarship Celebrations

On March 24 and 30, scholarship initiators got to know the students impacted by their generosity. Grand Valley students are always excited to share their successes that are made possible because of your support! It was wonderful to be able to meet in person and see firsthand the difference scholarship donors make.

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Wrestling Dinner

On March 18, we gathered at the GVSU Detroit Center to share our anticipation and hopes for the future of Varsity Wrestling at Grand Valley. The excitement is spreading about Varsity Wrestling's return in 2023! We were especially thrilled to hear from wrestling legend, Dan Gable, and receive his encouragement for the program.

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Campus News

Joey Simcoe named as men's wrestling head coach

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Muskegon eighth graders surprised with GVSU announcement of guaranteed admission

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GVSU earns federal grant to establish TRIO program in Detroit

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