Many SPNHA students take advantage of the available scholarships that can help finance a higher education. What follows is information on some of these opportunities. (Note that The Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Robinson Memorial Scholarship, Harry S. Truman Scholarship, the two Government Finance Officers Association Scholarships and Coleman A. Young Scholars Program are not affiliated with SPNHA or GVSU.) For helpful information about scholarships, log in to the myScholarships page.

SPNHA Scholarships

Available to graduate students

Valerie Eggert Distinguished Scholarship in Philanthropy

Valerie P. Eggert Distinguished Scholarship in Philanthropy  Established by Valerie P. Eggert, a friend of Grand Valley State University, to recognize the vision of her friend, to provide scholarship support to graduate students who both aspire to study and promote philanthropy, and engage in nonprofit agency fundraising.  This scholarship will continue the Mission of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy while promoting career opportunities in nonprofit fundraising.  Applicants must be full-time graduate students enrolled in the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration.

Joyce Hecht Philanthropy Scholarship

Named in recognition of her contributions to Grand Valley State University as its first Director of Development, the founding Executive Director of the Grand Valley State University Foundation, and a gracious and effective ambassador of the University’s needs, the Joyce F. Hecht Distinguished Scholarship in Philanthropy is an endowed fund in support of university students who aspire to help nonprofit organizations in all ways that Joyce Hecht has so capably helped Grand Valley State University.  Open to full-time and part-time students pursuing a career plan to eventually promote and develop philanthropy and engage in nonprofit agency fundraising.

Kurt Kimball Scholarship (renewable)

The Kurt F. Kimball Scholarship Endowment was established to honor Kurt F. Kimball’s 20 years as the longest serving City Manager of Grand Rapids.  Kimball worked for Grand Rapids for more than 33 years and has lived here for more than 50.  During that time, he has mentored many Grand Valley students.  In celebration of his retirement, contributions from Kimball’s friends and colleagues made this scholarship possible.  Kimball hopes that this scholarship will attract professionals to careers in public management and local government.  This scholarship will provide support for full-time or part-time graduate students in the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration pursuing careers in local government.

Caprice Wagner Memorial Scholarship (renewable)

The Caprice R. Wagner Memorial Scholarship was established by Dawn and Donald Wagner in memory of Caprice R. Wagner.  Caprice earned her bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University in 2007.  In 2008 she was pursuing a master of public administration when she lost a four-month battle to T-cell Lymphoma.  Friends and family remember her warm presence, passion for life, and her desire to empower women served by nonprofit organizations.  This scholarship will assist graduate students with financial need (by filing a FAFSA) who share the values and career goals to which Caprice aspired.  Candidates must address in their essay a commitment to empowering women by describing their career goals and experience working with nonprofit organizations who extend services to women and families.

Maribeth Wardrop Leaders in Philanthropy Scholarship

This scholarship was the first named scholarship to support the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Program. To qualify for this scholarship students must:

  • Be accepted as a Graduate student into the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) program
  • A minimum of 6 credits per semester is required

Available to undergraduate students

Dungey School of Public and NonProfit Administration Excellence Award

Caprice Wagner Memorial Scholarship (renewable)

Available to Graduate students or Senior standing undergraduate students: 

Michael F. Young ’90, ’94 Memorial Endowed Scholarship  Michael Young was well known and respected for is work as the longtime City Manager of Rockford, where the thriving downtown reflects the efforts he led to improve the community over the past 20 years.  Remembered as a passionate, dedicated, and respected city leader, Michael was a visionary who worked tirelessly to make Rockford a better place to live, work and play.  Recipients of this scholarship must be a senior or graduate student enrolled for nine credit hours or more in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration.  Candidates for this scholarship will complete an essay describing how your community impacted your educational future and what will you do to impact the community with your degree.


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Other Scholarships

For graduate students

KCP Future Faculty Fellows Program


GVSU Financial Aid

Undergraduate students can apply for various forms of federal, state and institutional financial aid available through Grand Valley State University's Office of Financial Aid.

Graduate students are also eligible for the federal loan and work-study programs coordinated by Grand Valley State University's Office of Financial Aid. Direct Loans are the primary source of assistance for GVSU graduate students. Graduate students who are independent may borrow up to their cost of education with a combination of subsidized and unsubsidized Direct Loans. (See The Department of Education's William D. Ford Direct Loan Program for details.)


Other Scholarship and Loan Resources

The following free web-based databases identify sources of scholarships and loans for undergraduate through postgraduate study.



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