Horizons Winter 2018

Featured Stories

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A Passion for Students

Lynn (Chick) Blue ’86, has held several positions during her nearly 50 years at Grand Valley State University. She is currently vice president for Enrollment Development, responsible for Admissions, Financial Aid, and Information Technology. However, what she is perhaps most known for is her unwavering dedication to serving students.

Learning to Lead

Jakob Bigard, Class of 2018, has always had his sights set on community leadership. As a first-generation student, Jakob has had to overcome unique obstacles in order to achieve this goal. However, with training from the donor-supported Cook Leadership Academy, he continues to move closer to his dream of bringing positive change to the city he loves.

A Transformative Experience

Thanks to Grand Valley State University’s partnership with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, Austin Cammire, Class of 2018, is ready to achieve his dream of becoming a physical therapist. Austin’s clinical at Mary Free Bed has allowed him to gain hands-on experience, preparing him to succeed at Grand Valley and beyond.

Featured Funds

Help Us Help Them

Nothing else we do matters if students cannot afford to attend. Support the Opportunity Fund for Access and Affordability, a fund which distributes gifts annually to provide additional funding where it is most needed in scholarships and financial aid for students. Gifts of any size are welcome and will help students immediately. Learn More About Support Scholarships.


Paying It Forward

Support the Pro Bono Clinic Fund to provide support for interpreter aid to the many non-English speaking patients that the clinic serves every week. The pro bono clinic is currently run at the Family Health Center in Grand Rapids, where Grand Valley physical therapy students serve those in the community who cannot afford healthcare.



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Scholarship Celebration Dinner

Scholarship Celebration Dinner

Foundation Holiday Party

Foundation Holiday Party

Planned Giving

Becky '80 and Jeff '79 Eckstrom

Grand Valley alumni, Becky '80 and Jeff '79 Eckstrom, feel that the university has significantly impacted their lives in so many ways. "It enhanced our lives and helped shape us as people." After learning about the loss of state funding at Grand Valley, the Eckstroms decided they wanted to find a new way to give back and support the students and staff at GVSU for generations to come.

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