Making a Gift of a Donor-Funded Scholarship

Your gift of a scholarship provides access to an education — and an investment in the future. Here is how you can create a scholarship.

1. Select the type of scholarship

  • Endowed Scholarship
  • Annual Scholarship

2. Select the Criteria for the Scholarship

You can select a certain set of criteria for your scholarship, using one or a combination of the following:

  • Need-Based Scholarships bridge the gap between the cost of a student’s education and their economic resources.
  • Academic Merit Scholarships are scholarships based on academic achievements
  • Program-Based Scholarships are scholarships given to students in a program of your choosing, contributing to experiential learning in a specific discipline
  • Type of Student Scholarships are based on the type of student, for example: first-generation, traditional, non-traditional, transfer, undergraduate, or graduate.

3. Select a Funding Option

There are different options to fund your scholarship:

  • Make an outright gift of cash or stock
  • Make a pledge over 1-5 years
  • Designate a gift through your will or estate

4. Finalize Your Plan

Contact University Development to help answer any questions or to get started on initiating a scholarship.


Briette Bryant Phillips ’08
Development Officer for Scholarship and Fellowship Giving
(616) 331-6529
[email protected]

Grand Valley State University Development
(616) 331-6000
[email protected]

L.V. Eberhard Center, 9th floor
301 Fulton St. West
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501




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