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Endowed Scholarships

 
The following scholarships supported by specific donors also are awarded as funds are available. Each March, the Aquinas Common Application lists the endowed scholarships that will be awarded for the following academic year.  The Common Application will be posted online when it becomes available and is due the first week of May.  Selections are made by the end of June.  These scholarships are open to both traditional and adult students unless noted. Click here for the 2014-15 Common Application
 
Ronald L. Adams Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1994 by Mrs. Lilo Adams and children, in loving memory of Ronald Adams. It is awarded to an undergraduate student who is working (full time or part-time) while pursuing a degree in business administration. Selection is made by the Director of Financial Aid and recipients must reapply annually for scholarship renewal.
 
Greg A. Alksnis Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate who intends to pursue a degree in business, has financial need, and maintains at least a 2.5 GPA. Preference is given to graduates of West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who are involved in athletics.
 
Martin J. Allen Jr. Reflection Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2004 in honor of Mr. Allen and his receipt of the Aquinas Reflection Award. The scholarship is awarded to student athletes from Catholic Central or East Grand Rapids High Schools who have a 3.0 G.P.A.
 

The Vinit Asar Family Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2012 by Vinit K. Asar. It is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to a student with the greatest need. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing with the College.

 
Paul A. Assenmacher Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Paul Assenmacher ’84 in 1993 for any male or female athlete (in any intercollegiate sport) with demonstrated financial need. It is awarded by the Athletic Director in consultation with the Director of Financial Aid.
 

The John Bailey Family Scholarship

The John Bailey Scholarship was established in honor of Mr. John Bailey by his daughter Debra A. Bailey and his son John Bailey Jr. The scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to a student with the greatest financial need. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing with the College.

 

The Mike and Sandy Bardwell Family Scholarship

The Mike and Sandy Bardwell Family Scholarship was established in 2011. It is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to a student with the greatest need. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing with the College.

 

The Loretta Daele Barnes Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established in 2012 by George and Tom Barnes in honor of their mother Loretta Daele Barnes. The scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to a student with the greatest need. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing with the College.

 
The Charles Beckmann Memorial Scholarship
This fund was established by Kathy Beckmann Avey to honor the memory of her father and his deep love of Aquinas College. This scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded to a student with need. It is renewable for 5 years provided the student is full time and in good standing with the college.
 
Belden Brick & Supply Architectural and Masonry Scholarship
This scholarship offers financial assistance to Aquinas College students whose parents and grandparents are associated with the (1) architectural, (2) masonry and (3) home building professions. Qualified recipients will receive a minimum of $1,000. Applicants must secure application forms through the Office of Financial Aid. To be eligible, applicants must be high school students with a 3.0 GPA or undergraduate students with a 2.5 GPA.
 
R. J. Bennett Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1996 as a tribute to Ralph J. Bennett, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Aquinas College. It is awarded to one or more Aquinas students who wish to pursue a degree in business administration, accounting, or economics. Recipients must carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and financial need may be a factor in the selection process. This scholarship is renewable each year, upon application, provided the student meets the established criteria.
 

Mary Maybury Berkery Memorial Trust

The Berkery Trust was established upon the death of Mrs. Berkery in 1975 and is designed to provide scholarship assistance for women. Through her Last Will and Testament, Mrs. Berkery gave Comerica Bank the sole discretion to select any Michigan Catholic college or university to receive a portion of the current year’s income. Selection of the student is made by the Financial Aid Office.

 
Hy and Greta Berkowitz Scholarship for Student with Disabilities
This scholarship provides financial assistance to Aquinas students who are disabled, with a preference for, although not limited to, students whose disability substantially affects their mobility. This scholarship is intended to provide an incentive to such students to enroll and work toward a college degree. A minimum of $500 per recipient per academic year is awarded. Scholarship criteria include students with a physical and/or learning disability, enrollment in a degree-seeking program at Aquinas College, and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Financial need is not the sole consideration. Selection is made by the Aquinas College Scholarship Committee with input from the Coordinator for Disabilities.
 
The Richard Blake Memorial Scholarship
Professor Richard Blake was a faculty member of the Political Science Department. This scholarship has been established in his memory and applicants must have declared a major in Political Science and have a 3.5 G.P.A.
 

Coach Terry Bocian Scholarship

This scholarship honors Coach Terry Bocian who has served as Athletic Director at Aquinas College since 1978. He led the College’s baseball teams for 30 years and to over 1,000 victories. He worked with the basketball program for 13 years including 6 years as head coach. He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. A baseball player will be selected each year to receive this scholarship.

 
The Elizabeth M. Boutselis Scholarship
Mrs. Elizabeth Boutselis is a graduate of Aquinas College who received a degree in general science. She has worked in laboratories for the Veteran’s Hospital along with facilities in Okinawa, Columbus, Ohio and Virginia. A product of Catholic education, Mrs. Boutselis strongly supports the traditions of the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids and Aquinas College. This scholarship is offered annually to an undergraduate student who has declared a major in science, with a preference for students from Saginaw County and contiguous counties who have declared a major in science.
 
Margaret E. Bowler Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1998 by the family of Margaret E. Bowler. It is awarded to students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree and have a demonstrated financial need. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
 
The Bishop Joseph Breitenbeck Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Mr. Peter Wege in 2005 in memory of Bishop Breitenbeck, a former bishop in the Grand Rapids Diocese. Applicants will be pursuing studies in church management, pre-law, sociology and possess a 3.0 G.P.A.
 
The Dr. Paul Brewer Instrumental Music Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Mrs. Marilyn Drake, a 1981 graduate of Aquinas and Trustee Emerita to honor the work and commitment of Dr. Brewer. Awarded to a music major or minor, with preference given to those studying lower brass and participating in both concert and jazz bands. The scholarship is renewable, provided the student is full time and in good standing with the college.
 
Leonard L. Bridge Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need who is participating in the intercollegiate golf program. A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is a requirement for annual renewal.
 
Monsignor Charles D. Brophy Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship serves as a tribute to the work performed by Monsignor Brophy through his 30 years serving as a pastor of St. Jude Parish in Grand Rapids. Financial Assistance is offered on an annual basis to full-time students from St. Jude’s who demonstrate financial need.
 
Timothy Krause Bunbury Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was created in 1998 by John and Barbara Bunbury, in loving memory of their son, Timothy. This award is designed to assist students pursuing an undergraduate degree in business. A minimum GPA of 3.0 and evidence of personal leadership, community service, and financial need are required. The Dean of Admissions, the Chair of the Business Administration Department, and the Director of Financial Aid select the recipient(s).
 
Dennis J. Burfeindt Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the generous gift of the late Dennis J. Burfeindt, an Aquinas business professor. The fund provides scholarships to students who excel academically, intend to major in either business administration or accounting, and have demonstrated leadership and service to their high school or community.
 

James and Ann Burns Scholarship

This scholarship is established to facilitate the continuing Catholic education by offering financial assistance to full-time students who are graduates from Catholic Central High School, and who reflect the values of Aquinas College:  commitment, vision, service, loyalty and integrity.

 

Louis and Florence Hogan Burns Scholarship

In keeping with the Burns’ family value for education, this scholarship shall be awarded to a student for whom financial need would be a barrier. Preference shall be given to students who are first generation college students. This scholarship is renewable provided the student remains in good standing.
 
Bennie Carew Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by friends in honor of Bennie Carew, distinguished jazz musician in West Michigan. Awards are given annually to one or more students who participate in the jazz program at Aquinas College. Candidates must maintain academic progress according to college policy. The amount of scholarship varies from year to year.
 

The Carlson Family Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2011 and is directed toward students with financial need. A preference is given toward students with a science (and an interest in medicine or health care), or accounting/business major or minor. The scholarship will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing with the College.

 
Catholic Junior College Alumni Scholarship (Traditional student only)
This scholarship is awarded annually to one or more students, primarily graduates of a Grand Rapids Catholic high school, who demonstrate financial need.
 

Father James Chelich Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to students in any discipline who are guided by their Christian faith and who provide meaningful service to others. Selection will be made by the Office of Campus Ministry. Preference will be given to Catholic students who have achieved sophomore standing or higher and who are in good academic standing. This scholarship is renewable.

 

The Dr. Lewis B. Clingman Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2012 by the Clingman family in honor of their father Dr. Lewis B. Clingman. It is an unrestricted scholarship and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to a student with the greatest need. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing with the College.

 
The Peter C. and Pat Cook Scholarship
Peter and Pat Cook have blessed the community with significant contributions that strengthen Christian organizations as well as the arts, education and medical sciences. They underwrote the renovation of the Cook Carriage House. Pat was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 1995 and in 2002 the Cooks were presented the Aquinas Reflection Award. This scholarship is awarded annually to students who are majoring in business and have demonstrated leadership in service to their community.
 
Louis and Arlene Corsiglia Scholarship
Funding for this scholarship are derived from an annual gift from Mr. and Mrs. Corsiglia, who have been ardent supporters of Aquinas College for several years, and proceeds from their scholarship endowment fund. This scholarship offers financial assistance to full-time Aquinas College students studying accounting, business management or health care sciences. Eligible applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and be eligible for financial aid. Award selection is made by the Director of Financial Aid, the Dean of the School of Management and Chair of the Biology Department.
 

Czerney Szoka Scholarship

This scholarship is established to facilitate the continuing Catholic education by offering financial assistance to full-time students who are graduates of Catholic Central and/or West Catholic High Schools (CSS qualified graduates), and who reflect the values of Aquinas College:  commitment, vision, service, loyalty and integrity.

 
Louis M. Dexter Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Louis M. Dexter, a Grand Rapids businessman who was president of National Brass Company. The annually funded scholarship offers financial assistance to full-time students from West Michigan. Educational grants of $1,000 are awarded to high school students with a GPA of 2.5.
 
Harriet Dively Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to Aquinas College students who have demonstrated a record of academic excellence and financial need. A minimum GPA of 3.5 is required and selection is made by the Office of Financial Aid in consultation with the Admissions office.
 
Katherine S. Donnelly Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student who shows scholastic promise and demonstrates financial need. The award may be automatically renewed if the recipient maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
 
The John and Ann Duba Family Scholarship
This scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to a student with the greatest need. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing with the College.
 
The Durell Family Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to those with a need for financial support. However, preference will be given first to students from Monroe, Michigan and then to students from Whitehall, Michigan. The scholarship is given for one year and not automatically renewed. Recipients may reapply for renewal for up to a total of four academic years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing with the College.
 
Patricia S. Duthler Scholarship
This scholarship offers financial assistance to full time students declaring a major or minor in a foreign language and a desire to study abroad. Recipients of the scholarship must be full-time undergraduate students with a 3.0 GPA and a demonstrated proficiency in the selected language. Each year a foreign language is designated by Patricia A. Duthler, college faculty and staff. Award selection is made by the Director of Financial Aid and the Dean of International and Cultural Studies.
 
Dr. R. Bruce Early Jazz Studies Scholarship
This scholarship was established by family and friends of Dr. Early following his death in 1998. This award assists full-time undergraduate students specializing in jazz studies. A formal application for this award is made through the Chair of the Music Department.
 
The Ruth Rasmus Eberhard Memorial Scholarship
Mrs. Ruth Rasmus Eberhard lived in Grand Rapids throughout her life and graduated from Catholic Junior College in 1936. Since that time she had been a loyal Aquinas supporter committed to Catholic higher education. Ruthie enjoyed sports and together with dog, N.D., cheered for Aquinas College and the University of Notre Dame, in that order. Mrs. Eberhard died in October 2001 and her legacy continues to support Aquinas College and the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids. This athletic scholarship offers financial assistance to student athletes who reflect the qualities of commitment and loyalty to Aquinas College.
 

The Professor Gary M. Eberle Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor Gary M. Eberle MA professor of English for his contribution to Aquinas College especially in the area of English. The scholarship shall be awarded to a student majoring in traditional humanities (English, History, Philosophy and/or languages). There should be preference given to those with the greatest financial need. The scholarship recipients will be selected by the Financial Aid Office. The scholarship may continue to be awarded to the student throughout their Aquinas career as long as he/she is a full-time student and maintains a 3.2 GPA or better.

 

The Echelbarger Family Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2011 by Dennis M. Echelbarger, CPA/CFF and his son, David G. Echelbarger, CPA both graduates of Aquinas College. The Echelbarger Family Scholarship will be awarded to students majoring or minoring in the business program with a preference given to those with an interest in accounting or finance. This will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the students remain in good standing with the College and maintain a 2.5 GPA. If a student falls below the 2.5 level during an individual semester, they will have a semester of grace to pull up grades to meet the minimum standard.

 
Elderkin Family Scholarship
Established by Edward and Sharron Elderkin, this scholarship is unrestricted and awarded by the Financial Aid Office. Preference will be given to non-traditional age students and/or women who have the greatest need. It is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and in good standing with the college.
 
Dr. Ali and Mrs. Hulya Erhan Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2011 by Dr. Ali and Mrs. Hulya Erhan. The scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in International Business or Economics and is renewable by maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better.
 
Kristen Erhardt Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to female students who demonstrate integrity and self-motivation. Recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and actively pursue an undergraduate degree. Preference is given to a student with a physical disability. The award amount varies from year to year.
 
The Faith Scholarship
This scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing with the College.
 
Stella Ferris Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was developed in memory of Stella Ferris who embraced the world with her travels as she sought to serve others in need. Applicants must be minority undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 2.5. This scholarship is awarded to students demonstrating financial need.
 

Frank and Julia Ferugheli Memorial Scholarship

Frank and Julia Ferugheli were the parents of Patricia Zifferblatt, cofounder and Director of the Better Life Institute, located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ms. Zifferblatt established this scholarship to provide financial assistance to students pursuing studies in Political Science with a preference to pre-law students.  Applicants must be undergraduate students with at least a 3.0 GPA and should obtain information from the Aquinas College Political Science Department.

 

Fifth-Third Bank Scholarship

This scholarship provides financial assistance to minority students who have a major or minor in business. The scholarship recipients will have their scholarship awards applied toward tuition, may serve during their sophomore, junior or senior years as an intern at the Bank and may, upon graduation, be given priority consideration for employment at the Bank.

 
Fitzgerald Scholarship for Irish Studies
This scholarship is awarded to full-time Aquinas College students in their junior or senior year. Recipients must carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be pursuing an undergraduate degree in international studies, marketing, business administration, or economics. Awardees are selected from applicants to the Aquinas College Semester in Ireland Study Program. Award amounts are a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $1,000 per recipient.
 
The Dr. James F. Ford Memorial Scholarship
Dr. James Ford was an optometrist in private practice in Grand Rapids from 1950 until his retirement in 1995. A graduate of Northern Illinois College of Optometry, he was a life member of the Michigan and American Optometry Associations. He also enjoyed many outdoor activities and was a member of the Grand Rapids Lions Club and the American Legion. Dr. Ford was regarded as a most gentle and compassionate person by his family, friends and patients. Dr. Ford passed away on January 23, 2001. This scholarship was established by Peter Wege and offers financial assistance to undergraduate Aquinas College students who plan to enter the medical profession.
 
Thomas C. Fowler Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the family of Thomas C. Fowler ’72. This award is given to one or more students enrolled in a degree program at Aquinas College. Candidates must maintain satisfactory academic progress and demonstrate financial need. Although preference is given to students from Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Shelby, Michigan, senior-year business majors are also considered.
 
Noel P. and Dorothy A. Fox Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1990 by the late U.S. District Court Judge Noel P. Fox and his wife Dorothy. This scholarship is designed to assist minority students with demonstrated financial need. Candidates must show evidence of community leadership and involvement and be making satisfactory academic progress towards a degree. To be eligible for annual renewal, the awardee must carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and continue community service.
 

Frey Foundation Endowed Merit Scholarship

The “Frey Scholars” are undergraduate students, with a preference for outstanding incoming freshmen, who exhibit strength in the following areas: capacities to lead and to motivate fellow students; scholastic ability and extracurricular attainment; moral force of character; and physical vigor. The student must maintain a 3.25 or better GPA and must otherwise be a student in good standing consistent with the above-listed attributes.

 

Jim McKay and Mary Caroline "Twink" Frey Reflection Award Scholarship

This scholarship honors Jim McKay '82 and Mary Caroline "Twink" Frey who received the Aquinas Reflection Award in 2005. Jim and Twink have been strong supporters of Aquinas College with emphasis on the development of the Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center. This scholarship provides financial assistance to women pursuing studies in Women's Studies.  To be eligible, applicants must be women undergraduate students with a 3.3 GPA.  More information may be obtained from the Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center.

 

Ralph and Sue Garlick Scholarship in Honor of Lily Conklin

Mr. and Mrs. Garlick established this scholarship to honor their granddaughter Lily. This endowed scholarship is available through the School of Education to benefit a student who is part of the Conductive Education program.

 
The Carl and Virginia Geis Scholarship
Mr. and Mrs. Geis are committed to Aquinas College and Catholic education. Mr. Geis was a retired executive from Foremost Insurance Company who came to know the college though his friend, Arthur Woodhouse, Sr. The Carl and Virginia Geis Scholarship is a tribute to that friendship and their commitment to students who reflect qualities of integrity and self-motivation. This scholarship offers financial assistance to undergraduate Aquinas College students majoring in business or health care professions.
 
Sister Mary Virgil Ghering, O.P., Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship for Chemistry
Established in 1997 by Ethel Ghering, this scholarship is awarded to full-time students carrying a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and with a declared major in chemistry at Aquinas College. Selection is made by the Science Faculty Committee in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid. Award recipients are eligible for renewal provided they continue to meet the scholarship requirements.
 
Patrick R. Gill Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Patrick Gill, a student who planned to attend Aquinas College to pursue his passion for writing, philosophy, religion and art. Shortly after his high school graduation he died in an automobile accident. This endowed scholarship offers financial assistance to Aquinas College students pursuing a major or minor in English or philosophy. Educational grants of a minimum of $1500 are made to high school students with a GPA of 3.0 or to Aquinas College students with a GPA of 3.0. Award selection is made by the Director of Financial Aid and the Chairs of the Philosophy and English Departments.
 
Alta Gillett/ Frances E. McCarty Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1997. The two benefactors were lifelong friends whose individual scholarships were combined upon their respective passing. Award recipients must be students in good academic standing and selection is made by the Office of Financial Aid.
 

The Gleason Family Scholarship

The Gleason Family Scholarship was established in 2011 and shall be awarded to a student(s) with a Science major and a History, English, or other Liberal Arts minor. The Gleason Family Scholarship may continue to be awarded to the student throughout his/her Aquinas career as long as he/she is a full-time student and maintains an overall 3.0 GPA or better. If a student falls below the 3.0 level during an individual semester, they will have a semester of grace to pull up grades to meet the minimum standard.

 
R. Kellogg Goodwillie Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Peter M. Wege, Jr., to provide assistance for students pursuing a degree in business or the environmental sciences. Candidates may also be pursuing a master in management degree. The annual award of $1,000 per student per academic year is given to a student maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
 

Edward T. Goulet Memorial Scholarship

After a successful career, Edward Goulet became a ranger at the Muskegon State Park and was the Muskegon Conservation Club's roving educator-volunteering in the schools to teach children about endangered species, local fauna, and a deep love and respect for the environment. This scholarship provides financial assistance to undergraduate students from Muskegon Catholic Central High School who have at least a 3.0 GPA and are pursuing studies in environmental science and teaching.  Applicants should obtain information from the Aquinas College Admissions Counselor for Muskegon Catholic Central and the Financial Aid Office.

 
Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids in 1995 to financially assist minority students and adult women returning to college to pursue a degree. Award amounts vary from year to year.
 
Darlene J. Gray Music Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Darlene Gray, a professional performer and Aquinas College student. The annually funded scholarship offers financial assistance to continuing education students pursuing a major or minor in music and who have a proficiency in music. Educational grants of $500 are made to high school students with a GPA of 2.5 or to Aquinas College students with a GPA of 3.0. Award selection is made by the Director of Financial Aid and the Chair of the Music Department.
 
Thomas J. Gumbleton Peace and Justice Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes outstanding effort in the ongoing struggle for peace with justice in our troubled times and honors Bishop Gumbleton, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit. Awards are given to Aquinas College students currently enrolled in a degree program. Recipients must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and a sensitivity to peace and justice issues in contemporary American culture.
 
Gus and Dorothy Gutmueller Foundation Scholarship
These scholarships provide financial assistance to students with financial need. Qualifications in order of importance are: a student preparing to become a doctor of medicine; a resident of the Diocese of Grand Rapids; or such other student as may be selected by the head of the College or, in the alternative, by a committee appointed by the College for that purpose. Students who qualify for one of these scholarships may receive it for four consecutive years if they maintain a high scholastic average.
 
Father Bernard A. Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is provided through a bequest from Fr. Bernard that established an award for undergraduate students or for students pursuing master’s degrees. It is intended for high-achieving students who demonstrate financial need and involvement in their community or church. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Information about this scholarship is available from the Theology Department.
 
Joseph L. and Mary E. Hansknecht Social Justice Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1998 by Joseph Hansknecht and his late wife, Mary, to further prepare students pursuing careers in social justice, aiding under-served populations anywhere in the world. Recipients must be Aquinas College juniors, seniors, or continuing education students who possess a demonstrated commitment to social justice. Annual renewals are only awarded to students who continue to carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Award amounts are a minimum of $1,000 per student per academic year. Recipients are determined by a committee consisting of a representative from Continuing Education, Campus Ministry, an Executive Committee Member of the Academic Assembly, and/or the Office of the President.
 

Maxine G. Hattem Music Scholarship

Maxine Hattem was a well known musician in the Grand Rapids area for more than fifty years. Her playing engagements included Hattem's Restaurant, a prominent dining establishment owned by her late husband, Moses Hattem. This scholarship, established by Peter M. Wege and the Hattem family in memory of Maxine, offers financial assistance to students pursuing a major in music with a preference in piano and organ.

 
Therese Kelley Herrmann Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship, awarded in memory of Therese Kelley Herrmann ’48, was established by her husband Frank Herrmann. The award is made annually to one or more full-time students who wish to pursue a professional career in which they can make a meaningful contribution to society. The award is renewable and the amount of the award varies depending upon financial need.
 

The Hillary Family Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Hillary family in 2011. It will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated leadership and on-going commitment to service, one who is actively practicing his/her Catholic faith. The student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better during the four or five years they would be eligible.

 
The Honorable R. Stuart and Barbara Hoffius Art Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of the late Barbara Hoffius in 1997. Recipients must be Aquinas College full-time sophomores or juniors with a declared major in art and an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Consideration is also given to five-year fine arts majors in their fourth year with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Students must submit a formal application, available in the Arts and Music Center, by February 15 of each year. The award amount is a minimum of $1,000 per student per academic year. Recipients are selected by the Chair of the Art Department in consultation with the Director of Financial Aid.
 
Eugene T. Hopkins Music Scholarship
This scholarship was established as a tribute to Eugene T. Hopkins who was an associate professor of music and instructor of piano at Aquinas for 33 years. Applicants for this award should have declared a major or minor in music, demonstrate financial need and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. Information about this scholarship can be obtained from the Music Department.
 
The Hopps Family Scholarship
Established by the Hopps family, John and Nancy, parents, and John II and Christina, son and daughter-in-law, this scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office. Preference will be given to students who are majoring or minoring in business or the sciences and have financial need. It is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and carries a 3.0 GPA.
 
The Gertrude Horgan Ireland Alumni Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2003 by the alumni of the Ireland Study Abroad Program to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Ireland program. The scholarship was originally intended to be offered to a student from Ireland. Until an applicant is accepted, the award will be made to Aquinas students who will be studying in Ireland.
 

Dolores Hruby Music Scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. Don Freeman established this scholarship in honor of Dolores Hruby, who was a celebrated musician/composer/teacher, First Lady of Aquinas College, and volunteer charity worker.  It is to provide financial support for students pursuing a major in music and encourage participation in the college chorus.  Applicants must be full-time music students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and should secure application forms from the chair of the Music Department.

 
Jeff A. Hundley Athletic Scholarship
This scholarship was established to assist Aquinas College students participating in the intercollegiate baseball program who have a demonstrated financial need. Scholarship awards are a minimum of $500 per student athlete per academic year. The selection process is done by a committee consisting of the Aquinas College Head Baseball Coach, Director of Financial Aid, and Jeff A. Hundley. This scholarship is renewable based upon athletic eligibility.
 
The Maynard Hundley Athletic Scholarship
Mr. Maynard Hundley is the father of Jeff Hundley, who established this scholarship in his honor. This scholarship provides for financial assistance to a student athlete who demonstrates financial need.
 
Jane Hibbard Idema Grant for Women
This grant was established in honor of Jane Hibbard Idema, a pioneer in the expansion of educational opportunities for women. Educational grants are awarded annually to one or more Aquinas College female students completing a college degree after an interruption in the higher-education process as a result of employment, family, or other personal responsibilities.
 

Robert and Paulette Israels Scholarship

Established by Robert and Paulette Israels, this scholarship provides financial assistance to students pursuing studies in early childhood education with a preference to students participating in the Reggio Emillio program.  Applicants must be undergraduate students with at least a 3.0 GPA.

 
Helen Gast Jackoboice Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually and offers financial assistance to students seeking a Fine Arts education. Eligible undergraduate students must have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Candidates are selected by the Director of Financial Aid and the Chairperson of the Art Department.
 
John and Sarah Jackoboice Scholarship
This scholarship was designed to assist undergraduate Aquinas College students pursuing a major or minor in business administration. Eligible candidates must carry a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Selection is made by the Director of Financial Aid and the Dean of the School of Management.
 
Dr. Lee and Mrs. Fran Jacokes Scholarship
Created in honor of Lee and Fran and their 50th wedding anniversary, this scholarship is unrestricted and awarded by the Financial Aid Office to a student with need. It is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and in good standing with the college.
 
Lois Lehman Jandernoa Scholarship
This scholarship was established to provide financial support to women pursuing an education in business. Undergraduate candidates must have a high school 3.0 GPA and maintain a 3.0 GPA at Aquinas College. Selection is made by the Director of Financial Aid and the Dean of the School of Management.
 
Patricia B. Johnson Scholarship for Community Leadership
This scholarship provides financial assistance to students from Muskegon County majoring in Community Leadership and/or to students who demonstrate a commitment to resolving community problems. Qualified recipients will receive a minimum award of $1,000. Eligible applicants must be full time undergraduate students, Preferably from Muskegon County, with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection is made by the Director of Financial Aid along with the Director of Community Leadership and Ms. Johnson.
 
Sister Anne Keating, O.P., Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1988 in memory of Sister Anne Keating, O.P., Alumni Director of Aquinas College for 15 years. It is sustained through an annual effort coordinated by the Alumni Office. Recipients must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, show leadership ability on campus and in the community, and have demonstrated financial need.
 

Keeler Foundation Nursing Scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. Miner S. Keeler have been devoted leaders in the area of the arts, education and community development in Grand Rapids. They received the Aquinas Emeritus Award in 1983 and Mrs. Keeler received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Aquinas College in 2005. Mrs. Keeler’s desire to see more Catholic nurses serving the community led to the establishment of this scholarship which is awarded to nursing students who have successfully completed their first year of study and who demonstrate an interest in serving at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

 
Michael and Mary Keller Family Scholarship
Created in honor of the Kellers many years of association with Aquinas, including Mike's 42 years of service to the college as Vice President and Professor, this scholarship is unrestricted and awarded by the Financial Aid Office to a student with need. Preference will be given to a student who is the first in his/her family to attend college. It is renewable for five years provided the student is full time, maintains a 3.0 GPA, and is in good standing with the college.
 
Harry J. and Beatrice I. Kelley Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Kelley family in memory of their parents and brother, Harry J. Kelley. It is designed to assist an Aquinas College minority student with demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to a resident of Grand Rapids. The amount varies from year to year.
 

The Al and Colette Kessel Family Scholarship for Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Kessel Entrepreneurial Leadership Scholarship was established in 2012. It shall be awarded to a student(s) with demonstrated leadership, an interest in owning their own business and a business, economics, or an international business major or minor. The Kessel Entrepreneurial Leadership Scholarship may continue to be awarded to the student throughout their Aquinas career as long as he/she is a full-time student and maintains a 3.0 GPA or better.

 
The Mary and Leo Kessler, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Created by Marie Kessler and her husband Jay Stone, in honor of her parents' lives and commitment to education, this scholarship is unrestricted and awarded by the Financial Aid Office to a student with need. It is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and in good standing with the college.
 

Mary Jane Kirchgessner Music Scholarship

This scholarship provides financial assistance to undergraduate students who are not music majors but who participate in band or choir.  Applicants should obtain more information from the Music Department.

 
Allene L. and Gary G. Kieff Master of Management Alumni Scholarship Fund
Established by Steve and Karen Wolf, and funded by many alumni, this scholarship is designed to lessen the financial burdens of students seeking a graduate degree in management.
 
The James D. Kirkwood ’92 Family Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2001 by Jack and Rita Kirkwood in loving memory of their son Jim. The scholarship will be awarded to students majoring or minoring in business or political science with a preference given to those who are involved in the athletic program. While any athletic program is eligible, a preference will be given to those in the tennis program. This scholarship will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the students remain in good standing with the College and maintain a 2.5 GPA. If a student falls below the 2.5 level during an individual semester, they will have a semester of grace to pull up grades to meet the minimum standard.
 

Dr. Harry and Mrs. Sheila Knopke Scholarship for International Studies

This scholarship was established to honor Dr. Knopke and his wife for their roles as "visionaries, educators, volunteers and leaders."  It supports students who wish to participate in one of the College's foreign language and cultural immersion programs conducted in another country. Applicants may obtain more information from the Director of International Studies.

 
Sisters Emmanual Kopp and Evangelista Rohrl Music Award
These scholarships are made annually at the discretion of the Chair of the Aquinas College Music Department. Recipients must be full-time students and a piano audition is required. These are not need-based scholarships.
 
The Korff Family Scholarship
This scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to those with the greatest need. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing with the College.
 
Ernest T. "Bud" Kretschmer Music Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded primarily to students who take studio-applied lessons in music. Candidates are selected by the Director of Financial Aid and the Chair of the Music Department.
 
Lacks Enterprises Sustainable Business Scholarship
The Lacks Enterprises Scholarship was established in 1995 to benefit children of Lacks Enterprises or a preference for students in the sustainable business program and achieving a 2.5 GPA.
 

Robert L. Lalley Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Peter Wege and the Lalley family in memory of Robert Lalley who devoted his life to his family, country, community and Catholic faith.  The scholarship offers financial assistance to full-time non-traditional students who have demonstrated service in the church and community and have a 3.0 GPA.  The award is based on financial need and is renewable.  See the Financial Aid Office for more information.

 

The Laporte Family Scholarship

The Laporte Family Scholarship was established in 2011 in memory of Mr. Rosaire J. Laporte and in honor of Mrs. Catherine R. Laporte by their daughter Anne Marie Laporte Gonczy ’67. The donor would like each scholarship to focus on Economics and Math majors with a preference given to female students. Each scholarship is renewable provided the student remains in good standing by maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or above.

 

Monica La Sarge Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was made possible by the friends and family of Monica La Sarge who attended Aquinas College through the kindness of a benefactor who provided a scholarship. The recipient of this scholarship must be a high school graduate or an Aquinas College student who carries a minimum 2.5 GPA.  They must participate in meaningful community service while receiving this scholarship.

 
The LeClair Family Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Donald E. LeClair in recognition of his long connection to Aquinas College. This scholarship is unrestricted and awarded by the Financial Aid Office. It is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and in good standing with the college.
 
Sister M. Lucinda Lehmkuhle, O.P., Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to one or more full-time Aquinas College students who wish to make a meaningful contribution to society through a professional career. Preference is given to students of the Roman Catholic faith from the Traverse City area and surrounding northwest Michigan counties.
 
Michael and Mary Donnelly Leonard Scholarship
This scholarship is available to Aquinas College students from a Kent County, Michigan, Catholic high school. Recipients must be enrolled in business or humanities programs and carry a minimum GPA of 2.5.
 
Sister Henry Suso Lerczak, O.P., Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to full-time Aquinas College students with a declared major in music who have completed their freshman year studies and have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA in their degree program. Awardees are selected by the Chair of the Music Department and/or members of the Music Department faculty.
 
Rabbi Albert M. and Dr. Shirley Lewis Endowed Scholarship for Music and Humanities

In order to honor the impact the Lewis' have had on so many in West Michigan, Thomas S. Fox established this scholarship as a permanent legacy to their love of education. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be full-time students studying in the School of Arts and Sciences with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.  Preference will be given to students who take music classes although a music major is not required.  This scholarship is renewable annually.

 
The Michael A. Lown Scholarship
Michael Lown is a 1986 graduate of Aquinas College who worked as the Chief Financial Officer of Rogers Department Store, Inc. Michael provided exemplary service over the past six years to Rogers Department Store and the Berkowitz family. He studied accounting while enrolled at Aquinas College. This scholarship is offered annually to full-time Aquinas College students from west Michigan who have declared a major in business or accounting.
 
Sister Mary Leonard Lynch, O.P. Scholarship
This scholarship was established in the year 2000 by Peter M. Wege, Jr. in honor of Sister Mary Leonard Lynch, O.P., a teacher at Aquinas College and one of the four Dominican Sisters who opened St. Stevens school in Grand Rapids. This scholarship offers financial assistance to full-time students seeking a degree in education. Renewal is automatic to those students who continue to demonstrate financial need and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Award selection is made by the Director of Financial Aid and the Dean of the School of Education.
 
Marin Family Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Kenneth J. and Mildred A. Marin of Grand Rapids, Michigan, in loving memory of their daughter, Molly and son, Mark. This scholarship is designed to assist full-time Aquinas College students beyond their freshman year who wish to achieve a bachelor of arts degree or higher in theology or music. To be eligible for this award, applicants must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Awardees are selected at the discretion of the Office of the President in consultation with the Director of Financial Aid.
 
Patricia Ann Maslak Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Patricia Maslak, a 1983 Aquinas College continuing education graduate. This scholarship offers financial assistance to women graduate or undergraduate students who are employed or mothers over 30 years of age. Educational grants of $1,000 are given for full-time students and $500 to part-time students who demonstrate financial need and maintain a GPA of 3.0 at Aquinas College.
 

Math and Science Scholarship

Barbara A. Bissot received a B.A. from Aquinas College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She taught in the Grand Rapids Public Schools, a Department of Defense school in Germany, and at Central Michigan University. She established this scholarship to provide financial assistance to students pursuing studies in math and science.  Applicants must be undergraduate students with a 3.3 GPA.  Financial need will be considered.   More information may be obtained from the Math and Natural Science Division and the Financial Aid Office.

 
Joe W. McCarthy Golf Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the family and friends of Joseph W. McCarthy ’60. The award is made to a full-time Aquinas College student who participates in the intercollegiate golf program. At the discretion of the golf coaching staff, the award is renewable for four years of study.
 
Mary A. Mead Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship fund offers financial assistance to full-time students with a declared major in accounting at Aquinas College. The scholarship was established through a bequest by Miss Mary Mead, a Trustee Emeritus of Aquinas College, and contributions from her friends and relatives. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate accounting majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection for the minimum $1,500 award is made by the dean of the School of Management and the Director of Financial aid.
 

Jean Merren Scholarship Fund

Jean Merren devoted much of her life to teaching reading in the Morley-Stanwood Public Schools and with Kentwood Public Schools. Her devotion to reading led her to serve as membership chairperson of the Kent County Reading Association where she became a close friend of Sister Bernetta Zietz, O.P., founder of the Aquinas College Reading Clinic. This scholarship is established to provide financial assistance to students from Morley-Stanwood Public Schools, Tri-County Public Schools and Kentwood Public Schools who are pursuing careers in teaching, reading comprehension or related fields and who will provide mentoring in urban schools.  Applicants must be undergraduate students with a 3.3 GPA.  More information may be obtained from the School of Education and the Reading Clinic

 

Greg Meyer Annual Scholarship

This scholarship shall be awarded to a student who graduated from West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Preference will be given to a student athlete who participates, or intends to participate, in a sport at Aquinas College. If an eligible student athlete from West Catholic is not available any student with financial need from West Catholic can be selected. If a student from West Catholic cannot be identified, a student from any Catholic high school with financial need can be selected with preference given to a student athlete. This scholarship is renewable.

 

Peyton A. Mikowski Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is provided by family and friends of Tom '89 and Becky (Miller '88) Mikowski as a legacy to their beloved daughter, Peyton. This scholarship is intended for a student in early childhood education and/or a participant in Campus Ministry activities.  Applicants must be undergraduate students with a GPA of 2.5 and who demonstrate financial need.  Preference will be given to students from the Rockford area.  Information may be obtained from the School of Education and Campus Ministry.  Applications are available through the Office of Financial Aid.

 
Adele M. Milanowski Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship offers financial assistance to full-time students with a declared major in theology at Aquinas College. Funding is derived from a scholarship endowment fund established through a bequest by Miss Milanowski, a life-long resident of Grand Rapids, and contributions from her friends and relatives. Eligible applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Award selection is made by the Chair of the Theology Department and the Director of Financial Aid.
 
The Dale E. Miller Memorial Scholarship
Dale Miller and his late wife, Mary, were members of St. James Catholic Church and raised six children. Mr. Miller served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He graduated from the University of Detroit and received a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in Industrial Relations. He was an executive at Bissell, Inc., and was an officer in the Industrial Relations Group and the YMCA Industrial Council. Mr. Miller was also a member of the University of Michigan Industrial Relations Advisory Board, Urban League Industrial Committee, and President of Junior Achievement. Mr. Miller died on February 4, 1983. This scholarship offers financial assistance to full-time Aquinas College students who have declared a business major.
 
Mary N. Miller Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship offers financial assistance to full-time Aquinas College students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and are eligible for financial aid. Funding for the scholarship is derived from the earnings and proceeds from the Mary N. Miller endowment fund. Qualified recipients receive a minimum of $2,500 and selection is determined by the Director of Financial Aid.
 
Audrey E. Mohler Scholarship
This scholarship is offered to full-time students majoring in music. Preference is given to a music major with an emphasis in piano education or performance. To be eligible for renewal, recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be a declared music major. Applications and setting up an audition or submitting a DVD recording are due in February for the following academic year. Amount of award:minimum of $1500 to top recipients. Many partial awards are also made.
 

Marguerite and Dennison Mohler Scholarship Fund

This scholarship offers financial assistance to full-time students majoring in the sciences.  To be eligible, applicants must be undergraduate students with a minimum high school grade point average of 2.5.  Scholarship renewal is automatic, provided awardees continue to demonstrate financial need and carry a minimum of 3.0 GPA or higher at Aquinas College.  Applicants must secure application forms through the Office of Financial Aid.

 
The Monaghan-Castiglone Family Scholarship
This scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to a student with the greatest need. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing with the College.
 
The Myrtle Moore Memorial Scholarship
Myrtle Moore was born in Sweetwater, Tennessee. She married William Moore and moved to Grand Rapids. She loved spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and their friends. Mrs. Moore was employed by the Wege family for 30 years and their family became her dearest friends. She was also President of the Needle Club and her retirement years were spent enjoying time with family and friends. Mrs. Moore died on October 27, 2001. This scholarship offers financial assistance to minority Aquinas College students who demonstrate caring and consideration towards others.
 

Lyle B. Morrison Scholarship

Preference for this scholarship will be given to a graduate of either West Catholic High School or Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. If no applicant from those schools is identified then the award can be given to a graduate of any Catholic high school. He or she shall be outstanding both academically and morally. This scholarship is renewable as long as the student maintains a 3.25 GPA.

 
The Michael and Rachel Mraz Family Scholarship
The Mraz Family Scholarship was established in 2011. It is an unrestricted scholarship and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to a student with the greatest need. The scholarship is renewable for four years provided the student is full time and maintains a 3.0 GPA or above.
 
Patrick J. Mullen Scholarship
This scholarship offers financial assistance to Aquinas College students pursuing a major or minor in communication. It was established through an endowment by Peter M. Wege along with family and friends of Patrick Mullen. Applicants for this renewable scholarship must be undergraduate students, demonstrate financial need and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Award selection is made by the Director of Financial Aid in consultation with the communication faculty. Qualified full-time recipients will receive a minimum of $1,000.
 
The J. Lee and Susan B. Murphy Business Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to students majoring in business and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office.
 
The Richard D. Murphy Memorial Scholarship
Richard Murphy served his community through his leadership at Goodwill Industries and Project Rehab. He retired as executive vice-president of Paulstra CRC (Corduroy Rubber Company). Mr. Murphy died on April 19, 2000. This scholarship is offered annually to full-time Aquinas College students majoring in Community Leadership.
 
Music Department Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students who take studio-applied lessons in music. Candidates are selected by auditioning for the faculty of the Music Department.
 
Gerald F. Neubecker Jr. Environmental Science Scholarship
This scholarship offers financial assistance to Aquinas College undergraduate students pursuing a major or minor in environmental science and who are interested in teaching science or working in the field of environmental science. Funding is derived from a scholarship endowment fund established by Alice Neubecker in memory of her husband Gerald F. Neubecker, president of the Raymer Well Drilling Co. Mr. Neubecker was committed to the preservation of the environment and sought to protect the use of land and water. Eligible applicants must have a 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Award selection is made by the Director of Financial Aid in consultation with the Biology Department faculty.
 
Amos Nordman Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is designed to assist Aquinas College students with financial need and to defray the costs of books and tuition.
 
The Jim and Liz Novitsky Scholarship
The Novitsky Family scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to a student with need. It is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing.
 

John and Maureen Nowak Scholarship

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be full-time students in good standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, with a preference for those students who plan to enter military service or employment in federal, state or local government.  Applicants should secure application forms from the Admissions Department.

 

The O’Brien, Witham, McCargar Music Scholarship

The O’Brien, Witham, McCargar Music Scholarship was established in honor of Ms. Barbara Witham McCargar ’77 and her contribution to music education, especially in the area of voice. Preference will be given to a music major whose main performance medium is voice. To be eligible, applicants must be full or part-time undergraduate students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7, be declared music majors, and take Music Department voice lessons and Chorus for credit during each semester or year that the scholarship is in effect.

 

John P. and Stella M. O’Connor Scholarship

This scholarship shall be awarded to one or more full time students who wish to pursue a degree in Accounting or Business Administration. Recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. This scholarship is renewable each year, upon application, provided the student meets the established criteria. Award selection is made by the Director of Financial Aid in consultation with the Chairs of the Business Administration and Accounting Departments.

 
Rex P. O'Connor Memorial Scholarship

To honor their shared belief in Catholic higher education, Mary O'Connor established this scholarship in memory of her husband Rex. For this scholarship, preference will be given to applicants who are residents of Ionia and full-time students in good standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.  Secondary preference will be given to applicants from Ionia County meeting the above criteria.  Students will be required to perform community service under supervision of the Service Learning Program.

 
David O’Leary Scholarship
This scholarship was given in memory of David C. O’Leary ’83. The scholarship is awarded to a student who is making satisfactory progress toward a degree. Preference is given to graduates of Monroe Catholic Central High School, Monroe, Michigan, or to students from the metropolitan Detroit area.
 

The Olivarez Family Scholarship

The Olivarez Family Scholarship was established in 2011 by Dr. Juan and Mrs. Mary Olivarez and Mr. Alfino Olivarez, Jr. It is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to a student with the greatest financial need. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing with the College.

 
Margaret Bailey Osborn Music Award
This scholarship was established through the generosity Ernest T. “Bud” Kretschmer and the children of Margaret Bailey Osborn. An award, in the amount of $500, is reserved for a music major who has met all degree requirements and exhibits outstanding leadership, scholarship, and musicianship.
 
Jackman Palmatier Scholarship
This scholarship, established in 2000 by Helen Jackman Palmatier, is designed to assist full-time Aquinas College students majoring in political science and provide funding for speakers and special projects in the Political Science Department. Award selection is made by the Director of Financial Aid in consultation with the Chairperson of the Political Science Department.
 
The Parini Family Scholarship
Established by Joseph A. Parini, this scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to the student with the greatest need. It is renewable for five years.
 

David and Sandra Pearson Business Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established by David and Sandra Pearson who achieved success through their fresh cut processing company the Pearson Foods Corporation.  This award is given annually to an outstanding student enrolled in the master’s program in the School of Management.  Preference is given to students with an interest in business and entrepreneurship.  Award selection is made by the Dean of the School of Management and the Director of Financial Aid.

 
The Pelkey-Piggot Family Memorial Scholarship
Established by Mrs. Lynda Pelkey in memory of her son, Nate Pelkey, and mother, Mrs. Frances Piggot, this scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to the student with the greatest need. It is renewable for five years.
 
Dr. John Poje Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time Aquinas College student in his or her junior or senior year with a declared major in chemistry and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Recipients are selected by the Chair of the Chemistry Department in consultation with the Director of Financial Aid.
 
Monsignor Charles W. Popell Scholarship (Traditional Only)
This scholarship is awarded to a graduate of one of the four Catholic high schools in the Grand Rapids Diocese (Grand Rapids West Catholic High School, Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School, Muskegon Catholic Central High School, and Portland St. Patrick High School). Recipients must possess a strong faith commitment, carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and demonstrate leadership and service to school, church, or community.
 
The Marian Antoinette and John Patrick Quinn Scholarship
This scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office. Preference will be given to non-traditional age students and/or women who have the greatest need. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing with the College.
 

The Drake Quinn Family Scholarship

The Drake Quinn Family Scholarship was established in 2011 by Mrs. Marilyn Drake. It will be awarded to students majoring or minoring in music. The scholarship will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office with preference given to students with the greatest financial need. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the students remain in good standing with the College.

 
George and Angeline Riley Scholarship
This scholarship was established to provide assistance to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the School of Education and studying a foreign language. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and show financial need.
 
The Roy S. and Maureen Roberts Scholarship
Mrs. Maureen Roberts is a 1974 graduate of Aquinas College and a member of the Board of Trustees. She is a Registered Nurse who provided education and supervision in health services. Mr. Roberts began his career at Lear Siegler, Inc. He served as a counselor and adjunct professor at Aquinas College before joining General Motors Corporation in 1977. In 1999 he was appointed Vice President and Group Executive for North American Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing. Students and teachers of Catholic education, Mr. and Mrs. Roberts strongly support the traditions of the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids and Aquinas College. This scholarship provides financial assistance to minority undergraduate students from Grand Rapids and the Detroit area.
 
Sister Vincent DePaul Roberts, O.P. Scholarship
This scholarship was established in the year 2000 by Peter M. Wege, Jr. in honor of Sister Vincent DePaul Roberts, O.P., an elementary and junior high teacher for over 50 years. She also helped inspire the humor that ultimately led to the musical production "Nunsense." Scholarship renewal is automatic to full-time recipients that continue to demonstrate financial need and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection is determined by the director of Financial Aid and the Dean of the School of Education.
 
The James and Helen Rohen Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to those with the greatest need. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing with the College.
 

Chuck and Stella Royce Music Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Charlie ’85 and Angie (Swartz ’90) Royce as a tribute to his parents, Chuck and Stella Royce, long time supporters of the arts in Grand Rapids. The scholarship provides financial assistance to undergraduate students who are outstanding music majors.

 
E.C. "Jack" and Irma Y. Ryan Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to one or more full-time Aquinas students who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership and/or service in such activities as school organizations, athletics, class elections, or community projects. This scholarship is renewable each year upon application, provided the student meets the established criteria.
 
The Saints for Life Scholarship- David V. and Nancy A. Huhn
This scholarship is based on financial need of pregnant and/or parenting traditional age students with custody of their child. This award is available to men and women who are enrolled at least part time at Aquinas College. This scholarship is not automatically renewable, however, previous recipients may reapply for up to five years. The student(s) must maintain an acceptable GPA and be in good standing with the College. The decision for awarding the scholarship is determined by the Financial Aid Office with the input, when needed, of the Campus Ministry Office or Dean of Students Office. A confidential application may be obtained from Career and Counseling Services, Campus Ministry, Health Services, or online. If there is no one who meets the first criteria of pregnant and/or parenting, then priority will be given the student(s) who has demonstrated on-going leadership within Campus Ministry and/or is majoring in Catholic Studies/Theology and maintains an active Catholic faith within a local parish.
 
Sister Harriet Sanborn, O.P. and Harriet M. Kuemin Scholarship
This grant was established for women completing a college degree after an interruption in the higher education process as the result of employment, family, or other personal responsibilities. The amount of the scholarship varies from year to year.
 

The Sawinski Family Scholarship

The Jack and Joan Sawinski Family Scholarship was established in 2011. It is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to a student with the greatest financial need. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing with the College.

 

Virgileen and Marijeanne Schrauwen Memorial Scholarship

The amount available shall be used on an annual basis to provide two scholarships. These scholarships will be awarded to female students at Aquinas College. The scholarships are renewable provided the students remain in good standing.

 

Willard and Barbara Schroeder Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is available to a student in good standing in any discipline.

 
James and Hazel Short Political Science Scholarship
Aquinas College graduate Daniel Hearn established this scholarship. It was created to provide assistance to undergraduate students who have declared a major in political science.
 

Smit Memorial Scholarship

This memorial scholarship was created in loving memory of Larry-Jo Smit and is awarded to an outstanding baseball team member to encourage and motivate student athletes to mentor and support at-risk youth. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and consent to volunteering at least 2 ½ hours a week in service to the Big Brothers Program.

 
Arthur R. and Elizabeth E. Snell Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1996 by Elizabeth E. Snell, in memory of her late husband, Arthur. It is awarded to a student pursuing a career in law, business or science, with special regard to environmental science. Preference is given to employees or children of employees of Miller, Johnson, Snell and Cummiskey, P.L.C., a Grand Rapids law firm. This $1,000 minimum annual scholarship is renewable provided the awardee maintains a minimum GPA of 3.0.
 
The David and Tamara Steil Family Scholarship
Established by David and Tamara Steil, both Aquinas alumni, this award is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to the student with the greatest need.
 
Sullivan Athletic Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from any Grand Rapids, Michigan, or metropolitan Grand Rapids area high school. Candidates must have participated in athletics during their high school career. The award selection
is made by the Aquinas College Athletic Department in consultation with a selection committee.
 
Raymond K. Tardy Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is used to assist Aquinas College students from Kent County Michigan, particularly those of minority status, who wish to pursue a career in social service and/or education. Recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, make satisfactory academic progress, and demonstrate financial need. This scholarship may be renewed at the discretion of the Office of Financial Aid.
 
The Leslie E. Tassell Sustainable Business Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Mr. Peter Wege and family members to honor the memory of an industrial business leader, Leslie E. Tassell. This scholarship is available to students in Sustainable Business who have a 3.5 G.P.A.
 
The Tassell, Wisner, Bottrall Scholarship
Established by the Tassell, Wisner, and Bottrall families and their foundation, this scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to the student with the greatest need.
 

The Terhune-Sheridan Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2011 by Mr. John E. Terhune and Mrs. Dorothy A. Sheridan Terhune because of their deep commitment to Catholic education. This scholarship will be awarded to a student at Aquinas College who is actively practicing their Catholic faith. The scholarship is renewable provided the students remain in good standing by maintaining a 3.0 GPA or above.

 
The Theology for Lay Ministers Scholarship
This scholarship was established by a family who recognizes the importance of the role of Aquinas College and who benefitted by the good works of the school and its employees. They hope scholarship recipients recognize and receive similar benefits and use their education to make a positive impact in the world.
 
The 13 Fund Scholarship
This scholarship was established by a family who recognizes the importance of the role of Aquinas College and who benefitted by the good works of the school and its employees. They hope scholarship recipients recognize and receive similar benefits and use their education to make a positive impact in the world.
 
The Tierney Family Scholarship
Established by Aquinas alumnus Tim Tierney and his wife Gretchen, this scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office to the student with the greatest need.
 
Sister Jean Paul Tilmann, O.P., Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in honor of Sister Jean Paul Tilmann, O.P., teacher of geography and environmental studies at Aquinas College, by faculty, friends, and family. Awards are made annually to one or more Aquinas College students who are determined by a committee to be the outstanding geographers of the year. The amount of scholarship assistance varies from year to year.
 
The Dr. Luis A. Tomatis Scholarship
Luis Tomatis, MD, FACS, FACC is the Director of Medical Affairs for the Richard M. DeVos Family and the chief advisor on medical initiatives in the U.S. and abroad. He was the founding President and Chief Operating Officer of the VanAndel Institute from 1995-2001. For 30 years, Dr. Tomatis was a heart and lung surgeon at Butterworth Hospital and became Chief of the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Department and a Clinical Professor of Surgery at Michigan State University. Dr .Tomatis was awarded the Aquinas College Reflection Award in tribute to his community leadership and commitment to the pursuit of excellence. This scholarship provides financial assistance to an undergraduate student who has declared a major in science and plans to enter the health professions.
 

Cora Vander Werf Scholarship

Aquinas College trustee Karen Palmore ’89 and her husband B.J. established this scholarship in memory of Karen’s mother, Cora Vander Werf, a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who devoted herself to her family, to her work and to her church. This scholarship provides financial assistance to full-time students pursuing degrees in the Fine Arts.

 
Henry J. Van Gessel Scholarship
This scholarship was created by Henry J. Van Gessel, a longtime friend and benefactor of Aquinas College. It provides assistance to full-time Aquinas College students of the Roman Catholic faith who are in need of financial aid and are in good academic standing. Preference is given to applicants from the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Selection is made by the Office of Financial Aid.
 
The W. Michael Van Haren Scholarship
Mr. W. Michael Van Haren Scholarship was established by 1970 Aquinas alumnus Michael Van Haren. This scholarship is awarded to a student athlete participating in intercollegiate tennis and who demonstrates financial need.
 
The Veldheer Family Scholarship
More information to be announced.
 
The Wagenaar Family Scholarship
More information to be announced.
 
Margaret Ward Art Scholarship
This scholarship was established in honor of Margaret Ward, a dedicated teacher of art and music at Comstock Elementary School, Grand Rapids. This scholarship offers financial assistance to students pursuing a major or minor in art. Educational grants of a minimum of $500 are awarded to high school students with a GPA of 3.0 and to Aquinas College students who carry a GPA of 3.0. Award selection is made by the Director of Financial Aid and the Chair of the Art Department.
 
Archie H. Warner Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Archie Warner, the founder of Harder & Warner Nursery, who had a life long love of forests and landscaping. Funding is derived from an endowment and gifts from Mr. Peter M. Wege, along with family and friends. Financial assistance is offered to students with a declared major in environmental science and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Award Selection is made by the director of Financial Aid and the Chair of the Biology Department.
 
Peter Martin Wege Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Peter M. Wege, Jr. in memory of his father. This annual award is made to a student pursuing a degree in chemistry or mathematics. The current annual award of $1,000 is renewable for four years provided the awardee maintains a minimum GPA of 3.0.
 
Peter M. Wege Athletic Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an Aquinas College student in good academic standing who participates in intercollegiate athletics. Awards are based upon demonstrated financial need and selection is determined by the respective coaches in consultation with the Director of Financial Aid.
 
Sophia Louise Wege Scholarship
This scholarship established in 1961 by Peter M. Wege, Jr., in memory of his mother, is granted to a student interested in a profession such as education, social work, or medical technology. This scholarship provides $1,000 per year for four years, provided the recipient maintains a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
 
The Joseph A. and Kathleen M Driza Westdorp Family Scholarship
This scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing with the College.
 
The Wesorick Family Scholarship
More information to be announced.
 

Sister Catherine Williams O.P., Music Scholarship

The Sister Catherine Williams O.P., Music Scholarship was established to honor Sister Catherine Williams O.P. ’62 and her contribution to music education and liturgical music. This scholarship is intended for an incoming freshman or returning student who loves music and is planning to continue his/her musical involvement at the college level in the Aquinas College Music Department. Preference will be given to a Music Major. The scholarship will be awarded at the discretion of the Chair of the Music Department or person designated by the Chair. To renew the scholarship, the recipient must continue to participate in at least one music course for credit each semester throughout their college career, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7.

 
Charles L. and Lita K. Wimbley Scholarship
This scholarship was developed to assist African-American students primarily from the greater Grand Rapids area and Kalamazoo, Michigan, area schools with financial support to pursue an undergraduate degree at Aquinas College. Recipients must possess evidence of high integrity, Christian values, and leadership. Recipients must also be in good academic standing. Final determination is made by the Office of Financial Aid.
 

Kate Pew Wolters Community Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Richard and Kate Pew Wolters Foundation as part of its commitment to the Community Leadership Program at Aquinas College.  Via a written competition, this scholarship is awarded to outstanding students majoring in community leadership.  More information may be obtained through the Community Leadership Department.

 
Kate Pew Wolters Reflection Award Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2005 to honor Ms. Wolters as the recipient of the 2004 Aquinas College Reflection Award. Ms. Wolters is an Aquinas alumna and a former member of the Board of Trustees. The scholarship is awarded to a woman student with a physical impairment that has a 2.5 G.P.A.
 

The Woodhouse Family Scholarship

The Woodhouse Family Scholarship will be awarded to a student from St. John’s Home. If a student or students from St. John’s Home have not applied, then a student from Michigan who is a foster child or first in the family to attend college will be chosen. Any student applying must have a minimum 3.0 GPA or have a recommendation from the Vice President of Enrollment Management or the Dean of Admissions. The student must be full time and maintain a 3.0 GPA. The scholarship may be renewed for a total of five years in undergraduate and may be extended for two more years as a graduate student. A preference will be given to the student who is pursuing a degree in the sciences, business or education.

 
The John Charon and Esther Wurzburg '48 Family Scholarship
This scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the Financial Aid Office. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time and remains in good standing with the College.
 
Rosie Zant Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of Rosie Zant, a 1958 graduate of Aquinas College, who had a distinguished career at the Grand Rapids Multiple Sclerosis Society. This scholarship offers financial assistance to students pursuing a major or minor in the health science field. Educational grants of $1,000 will be made to high schools students with a GPA of 2.5 and to Aquinas College student who carry a GPA of 2.5 at Aquinas College. The Director of Financial Aid and the Chair of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department make award selections.

 
Sister Mary Bernetta Zietz, O.P., Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Katherine H. McAleenan in memory of Sister Mary Bernetta Zietz, O.P., who was Director of the Aquinas College Reading Center, and a distinguished teacher, scholar, and writer. Awards will be made to one or more Aquinas College students who are completing certification in elementary education and who demonstrate financial need. The amount of the annual award varies from year to year.
 
Felix V. and Gladys A. Zukaitis Academic Scholarship
This scholarship, established by Felix and Gladys Zukaitis, is awarded to incoming Aquinas College freshmen who have demonstrated leadership, service in their school and community, and who hold a cumulative high school GPA of 3.8 or higher. Recipients maintaining a GPA of 3.5 are eligible for scholarship renewal.
 
Felix V. and Gladys A. Zukaitis Athletic Scholarship
This scholarship is available to a full-time Aquinas College student who is a member of an intercollegiate team representing the college. Scholarship recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 and demonstrate financial need.