Provost surprised by announcement of scholarship

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President Thomas J. Haas announces a scholarship fund that honors Provost Gayle R. Davis.
Image Credit: Amanda Pitts
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Davis gives remarks at her retirement celebration.
Image Credit: Amanda Pitts

Provost Gayle R. Davis was surprised by her colleagues April 18 when they announced a scholarship fund in her name at the first of two retirement celebrations.

The Gayle Davis First Generation Endowed Scholarship honors Davis' 15 years of service at Grand Valley as provost and executive vice president of Academic and Student Affairs.

Faculty and staff members are invited to donate in Davis' name; to give, visit

During her tenure, Davis shepherded a major reorganization of the university’s colleges, and oversaw major growth in enrollment and significant success in retaining students through graduation.

President Thomas J. Haas made the announcement and said the scholarship's goal is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. 

The scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior who is the first person in their immediate family to pursue a college degree.

A second celebration to honor Davis is set for Thursday, April 20, from 4-6 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Thornapple Room, with remarks at 4:30 p.m.