After being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2022, Connor Pung was granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish® Foundation. Unlike many wish recipients, Connor chose not to use his on a trip or to meet his favorite celebrity. Instead, he wished to go to college.
Make-A-Wish Michigan gifted Connor and his parents, Bruce and Amy Pung, with tuition assistance for his first year at Grand Valley. When university leaders learned about Connor and his wish, they offered a matching contribution, covering all his fees for the Fall semester. President Philomena V. Mantella announced the university’s matching contribution to the family over a virtual meeting on August 16.
“This assistance is more than financial support,” said Mantella. “It’s emotional support; it is our confidence that helping you become empowered is going to help us as an institution, help the community and help your family, and that you’ll always pay it forward. So, it’s our privilege and pleasure to do this for you.”