Studies show that exercise improves attention, memory, and accuracy. It helps minimize stress and improve our moods. In short, exercise helps us thrive.

At Recreation & Wellness, it’s our mission to enhance and engage the GVSU community by providing inclusive and diverse recreational opportunities that inspire participation, promote health and wellbeing, and encourage student development and success. 

With your help, we can continue to provide comprehensive and quality recreational services and programs that further well-being to everyone in the GVSU community, as well as help grow leaders in recreation and beyond.

Funds to Support

Recreation Program Fund

The purpose of the Recreation Program Fund is to support the offerings of quality recreation programs and services to current GVSU students.

The value of recreation is evident through:

  • Academic success
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Engagement & belonging
  • Mental well-being
  • Physical health
  • Leadership development
  • Recruitment & retention

Our focus on student well-being continues to be an important part of Recreation & Wellness' mission. Learn more about our impact through NIRSA.

Recreation Leadership Endowed Scholarship

The purpose of the Recreation Leadership Endowed Scholarship is to recognize and reward student leaders who are involved in recreational sports, programs, services, and activities, who demonstrate a high degree of leadership aptitudes, initiative, and dedication to University recreation.

  • Recipients must be accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU.
  • Must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) in any course of study.
  • Must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • Preference will be given to students involved in recreational sports, programs, or services offered through Recreation & Wellness or related programs.

Renewal Criteria: This scholarship is non-renewable.

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Past Scholarship Recipients

"This scholarship has been a huge blessing as I enter my forth year at GVSU and my forth year at the rec! As much as this helps me financially, I am just as thankful for the friendships and community I have formed over the years. Your generosity is an example of the giving and hard working spirt of this campus and this school. Thank you!" - Sam Beagle, 2021-2022

Sam Beagle, 2021-2022 Recipient

Sam Beagle
2021-2022 Recipient


Caitlin Flaherty, 2020-21 Recreation Scholarship Recipient

Caitlin Flaherty
2020-21 Recipient 

Kaylee Owczarski, 2019-20 Recreation Scholarship Recipient

Kaylee Owczarski
2019-20 Recipient

Malia Brooks 2018-19 Scholarship Recipient

Malia Brooks
2018-19 Recipient

Rachael Chase, 2017-18 Recreation Scholarship Recipient

Rachael Chase
2017-18 Recipient 

Club Sports

Club Sports offer an exciting athletic alternative that bridges the gap between intramural play and varsity sports. There are currently over 50 club sports organizations at GVSU that range from recreational to highly competitive.

These programs are funded primarily by participant dues. Your contribution to a club sport of your choice will make a difference in students' ability to compete at the highest levels by offsetting out-of-pocket costs to participate.  

100% of your donation will go directly to the club sport of your choice. If you’re interested in giving to specific club sport program, search for the program of your choice on the Find Funds page.

Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a way to join the movement and give - each Tuesday and every day - whether it’s some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice in your local community.  

It’s a simple idea: whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give. 

One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. Support GVSU Recreation & Wellness programs, services, and events, or give back to support scholarships for students. Volunteer for an event, find a fund, or let us know if you're interested in giving in another way.

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Page last modified September 18, 2023