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New Scholarships: Family Scholarship Endowment Program

 

The Vinit Asar Family Scholarship

Asar Family

Mr. Vinit Asar has long been an ardent supporter of Aquinas College and remembers fondly the excellent education and the strong bonds of friendship fostered at the College.  Mr. Asar is currently President and Chief Operating Officer at Hanger Orthopedic Group in Austin, Texas.  Prior to that Mr. Asar spent 18 years at Johnson and Johnson in a broad continuum of responsibilities from Finance, Product Development, Manufacturing, Marketing and Sales in the US and in Europe. Mr. Asar has a B.S.B.A from Aquinas College and an M.B.A. from Lehigh University.

 

"Vinit highly values education and has high aspirations for his own children. He is pleased to be able to establish this scholarship during the 125th Anniversary to assist the next generation of Aquinas students have access to his beloved Alma mater. He would really like to highlight the dedication of Mrs. Carol Clemons who

was in charge of the International student program. He remembers from the moment she picked him up from the airport until the day he graduated from Aquinas she was very involved in his education. It was this dedication that inspired him to create this new scholarship. In his own words Vinit describes his experience: “I would like mentioned that as a foreign student and coming to the U.S. in 1986 as a freshman at AQ, the Aquinas experience was nothing short of excellent in large part because of the people that make Aquinas College what it is!”

 

The Asar Family 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 John Bailey Family Scholarship
The Bailey Family

The John Bailey Scholarship was established by his daughter Debra A. Bailey and his son John Bailey Jr. out of love and respect for the fine father he was.  Both Ms. Debra Bailey and her brother Mr. John Bailey Jr. have enjoyed strong and successful business careers.  Both Deb and her brother strongly believe in the importance of Catholic education.  They are pleased to contribute toward the perpetuation of Catholic education here at Aquinas and to celebrate the 125th anniversary by honoring the sacrifices their father made to ensure access to higher education for them.  

 

John Bailey was a wonderful father, husband and a friend to everyone he met - with a gentle nature and a great sense of humor. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. He practiced his Catholic faith and believed in hard work. He instilled in his children a strong work ethic, to value education and to help

others. While he did not have access to educational opportunities, he insured that each of his children did. He passed away at the young age of sixty and left a legacy of kindness toward others.


Debra Bailey obtained her MM from Aquinas College and has served as a staff member, adjunct faculty and a member of the Board of Trustees. She is currently Director of Corporate Relations at Steelcase Inc, the world’s largest producer of office furniture.


John J Bailey Jr. graduated from Aquinas and is currently a Senior Vice President at Climate Master, the world’s largest producer of water source heat pumps.

 

The Bailey Family 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 Lori J. Baker Business Scholarship
The Lori J. Baker Business Scholarship

Lori has recently celebrated 30 years at the firm that now carries her name, Baker Holtz. She has been a shareholder since 1992. Lori received her BSBA degree in Accounting from Aquinas College in May 1985 and was awarded her certification in public accounting (CPA) in September 1985. She remembers readily the challenges of being a single parent and managing the complexities of working, parenting and the drive to finish her degree by attending night classes. It is with this in mind that Lori establishes this scholarship in the hopes of assisting the next generation of students whose strong desire for a career in accounting is coupled with great financial need.

 

Lori is the Tax Partner at the firm and devotes the majority of her time to tax planning and consulting. Her experience in the practice gives Lori a unique perspective in advising her clients. Over the years, Lori has assisted the owners

and employees of numerous businesses in the areas of tax planning and preparation, estate and trust, retirement and financial planning, succession planning, ESOPs, human resources, as well as accounting and general business consulting.

 

In addition to her career in accounting, Lori has been an active leader in the West Michigan community, holding board positions with several non-profit groups. She believes in giving back and has done that through long term leadership commitments. This coming year Lori will serve the Kent County Parks Foundation as chair of the board and she will roll off the St. Cecilia Music Center’s board after 9 years of service. The list is equally strong of the professional accounting and business organizations that she has participated in or even helped to found.

Lori is also a proud and active mother, grandmother and wife. Her husband, David Koski, also a C.P.A., worked for the State of Michigan for over 35 years specializing in Business Valuations and Litigation Support before early retirement. Both believe that education is critically important as well as an attitude of life long learning.

 

Lori and her husband David are pleased to participate in this important 125th Anniversary Family Scholarship program and they recognize the significance of scholarship support of aspiring accounting professionals

 

The Lori J. Baker Business Scholarship will be awarded to students majoring or minoring in accounting or finance with a preference given to women who are on a C.P.A. track. This scholarship will be awarded, based on greatest need, by the financial aid office in conjunction with the Chair of the Department. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the students remain in good standing with the College and maintains a 3.0 GPA. If a student falls below this level during an individual semester they will have a semester of grace to pull up grades to meet the minimum standard. The scholarship will be fully funded in 2017 and available after that time.

 
The George T. Barcheski Family Scholarship
George T. Barcheski Family Scholarship

The George T. Barcheski ‘61 Family Scholarship was created by Mr. Dan Barcheski in honor of and as a living legacy to his father George Barcheski who graduated from Aquinas College in 1961. George grew up in Grand Rapids and was a hardworking student that easily gravitated to sports. In high school at Catholic Central High School he participated in baseball and the competitive spirit was ignited. During his 30 year coaching career at East Grand Rapids High School, his teams compiled a record of 238 wins, 53 losses and 3 ties. Barcheski led his teams to five state championships and 18 league titles establishing East as a football powerhouse.

 

In 2001 Mr. Barcheski was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame and the State of Michigan Football Coaches Hall of Fame. In 2010 George Barcheski was also inducted into the Aquinas Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Barcheski family has a legacy of passionate and active athletic involvement. Dan Barcheski, Founder of Axios Incorporated, lettered in football at East Grand Rapids and at Albion College, where he graduated in 1983. His four children have been or are actively involved in sports at Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School. The Barcheski family is pleased to create this scholarship to assist a student in receiving the strong Catholic education which Aquinas offers. They encourage all students to participate in sports for the positive leadership and character building opportunities it provides. This scholarship will be fully funded by December 2017 and will be available to students once it is fully funded.

 

The George T. Barcheski ‘61 Family Scholarship shall be unrestricted and awarded to a student with the greatest financial need by the Financial Aid Office with a preference given to student athletes. The scholarship may continue to be awarded to a student for as many as 5 years as long as he/she is a full-time and in good standing at the College.

 
 

The Mike And Sandy Bardwell Family Scholarship

The Bardwell Family 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. 

 

Mike and Sandy Bardwell have had strong and successful business careers.  Both Mike and Sandy strongly believe in the importance of Catholic education.  They are pleased to contribute toward the perpetuation of Catholic education and teachings.  Mike’s relationship with the College was forged when he worked in the family business, D & D Printing, as a youngster.  He is a proud 1983 graduate of Aquinas and has continued in the family business, currently serving as President.  Mrs. Sandra Bardwell has worked for 30 years in the Information Technology department of the Campbell Group. Mr. and Mrs. Bardwell have two grown daughters, Megan and Emily, and are avid sports enthusiasts.  
 

The Loretta Daele Barnes Scholarship Fund

Barnes Family

This scholarship fund is dedicated to Loretta Daele Barnes whose example of faith, hard work and perseverance were the prime movers in the lives of many, including her two sons George Barnes ‘55 and Tom Barnes ‘68.

Loretta’s life was an example of what it takes to overcome the challenges of life. Her values were simple - faith in God, hard work and dedication to family. She never complained about the difficulties in her life, but rather, she prayed hard and left the rest in God’s hands.

 

When the time came, Loretta begged her son George to go to Aquinas by saying “just try it” for a semester. George did, graduated, and was followed by his brother Tom. She desperately wanted her sons to have more possibilities and opportunities than she had in her life. Neither George nor Tom ever regretted their mother’s plea to attend Aquinas. They believe that their lives have been forever

enriched by the Dominican and lay faculty who not only taught course work, but also a way to live a fulfilling life. Of equal importance were the many long term relationships that they formed with fellow students at Aquinas. These relationships enriched and strengthened George and Tom’s lives in ways that they could never have anticipated or imagined.

 

This scholarship is an opportunity for George and Tom to honor a woman of tremendous character and substance who never had the opportunity to attend high school or college but would have undoubtedly persevered and graduated.  Loretta’s sons would like to help another young man or women “just try it” and hopefully provide the life-changing experience that they had by attending and graduating from Aquinas College.

 

The Loretta Daele Barnes Scholarship Fund 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

Known to his friends and loved ones as Charles, Charles Henry Beckmann Jr. was born January 16, 1921 to Charles Henry Beckmann and Nellie Dubridge Beckmann at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This scholarship is to honor his memory and his deep love of Aquinas College.

 

Charles went to St James in Grand Rapids. “Chuck” as some called him, did well in school. Yet his talent in education was really fueled by his love of learning that lasted his entire life. He had a record of 9 consecutive years of never missing a day nor being late to school. Charles was an active young man. He was an altar boy for 5 years. He enjoyed softball and at 13 began playing baseball. He was a left-handed pitcher on the Lincoln Park team that won the City Championship in 1936.

 

Charles graduated Valedictorian from Catholic Central in 1938 and then entered college locally at Catholic Junior College (CJC) earning an Associate’s Degree with an English major and minors in American History and Economics. In 1940 the CJC became Aquinas College and offered a four year degrees. Charles and eight others were in class of 1942 and he was editor of the Aquinas Herald. Along the way he seriously considered the priesthood.

 

In August of 1942 he was drafted and in September reported to Fort Custard in Battle Creek. After a transfer and training, he was assigned to Company D1308 Engineers as a surgical medical technician. They landed in France that summer to work on bombed roads and bridges. In January of ’45 he was sent to Nice, France to open a Rest and Recreation Center for American soldiers. His life took a major change when he met Charlotte Blanche Raiteri and her sisters on the beach. Little did he know at that time that Charlotte would become his beloved wife and mother of his children. By November of 1945 he was ready to be discharged and returned home in January of 1946.

 

Charles deeply cared about Aquinas and when he returned from WWII he took teaching courses and coaching baseball. He even served one semester as Athletic Director. Throughout this time he corresponded with Charlotte. They were married at St James Church on February 18th, 1947 and honeymooned in Chicago.


In June of 1950 Charles began working at Steelcase where he remained until his retirement in 1980. Charles was a very active member of the American Electroplater’s Society serving as an officer for several years. He loved to travel and always took his family on memorable trips through Canada and out East. He was a loving and dedicated brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and a friend to all who knew him. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered. Mr. Charles H. Beckmann Jr., aged 90 of Grand Rapids, passed into the arms of Jesus on Sunday evening, January 8, 2012 at Yorkshire Manor.

 

The Charles Beckmann Memorial Scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the financial aid office. A preference will be given to students who have 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 scholarship is newly fully funded and will be available after January 2014.

 
Dr. Paul Brewer Instrumental Music Scholarship
Dr. Paul Brewer

In recognition of Aquinas College’s 125th Anniversary alumni and friends have started The Dr. Paul Brewer Instrumental Music Scholarship in honor of Dr. Paul Brewer and his contribution to instrumental music and especially Jazz.

Originally from Oklahoma, Dr. Paul Brewer is currently Director of Instrumental Music (Wind Ensemble and Jazz Bands) at Aquinas College. Since 1990 he has also been on the summer jazz faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp where he primarily teaches jazz composition/ arranging and jazz improvisation.

He has an impressive list of education credits, having taught music and directed student bands at every age level. Paul was featured as a clinician at the 1998 International Association of Jazz Educators conference in New York City and again in 2002 in Toronto, Canada. During the 1990s, Brewer was Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Southern Colorado. Paul established a jazz

camp at the university and continues the tradition as Director of the Aquinas Jazz Camp each June.

 

Brewer has appeared with over 50 artists, including Milt Jackson, J.J. Johnson, Mel Torme, Eddie Daniels, Dr. Billy Taylor, Max Roach, Bob Hope, Lena Horne, and Leon Russell.

 

The Dr. Paul Brewer Scholarship will be awarded to a music student (major or minor) and preference will be given to those studying lower brass and participating in both the concert and jazz bands. The Brewer scholarship may continue to be awarded to a student throughout his/her Aquinas career as long as he/she is a full-time and in good standing at the College. The scholarship recipients will be selected by either the head of the department of Music in conjunction with the director of the concert/jazz bands.

 
The Louis and Florence Hogan Burns Scholarship

Louis Burns greatly admired his mother, a turn of the century school teacher. She took pride in the fact that he, her eldest son, was valedictorian of his high school graduating class. Prior to her graduation Florence Hogan read every book in the library of St. Mary’s Academy. Both Louis and Florence were educated by Dominican Sisters. Florence also studied one year at Catholic Junior College.


Entering their adult lives during the depths of the Great Depression Louis and Florence learned to work hard, to be patient and to be persistent. As a team they raised 11 children on a dairy farm. Family, faith and education were the focus of the value system that they desired to pass on to their children. Aquinas College was in their minds a natural step in this process. With their encouragement, support and inspiration all 11 children attended Aquinas College.


This scholarship has been established in their honor by their family. It is the first family scholarship established during the 125th Anniversary Family Scholarship campaign.

 

The Carlson Family Scholarship

The Carlson Family

Mr. Edward Carlson has had a rewarding experience at Aquinas College and has enjoyed meaningful lifelong friendships that have spanned the decades.  For this reason he and his wife Mrs. Maureen Carlson have decided to create the Carlson Family Scholarship to provide the next generation with a chance at a meaningful Aquinas education.

 

Mr. Carlson believes it was his education at Aquinas that gave him the springboard for his successful career in health care finance and administration.  He credits the lifelong Aquinas family friendships, still very active today with enriching his life.  He is now retired and honored to be elected to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees.

While Mrs. Maureen Carlson did not graduate from Aquinas, over the decades she has felt the kindred spirit unique at Aquinas. Because of Mrs. Carlson’s career in nursing and Mr. Carlson’s career in finance and administration, the scholarship gives preference toward students in either science with an interest in health care or finance/business.  The scholarship is directed toward students with financial need which shows the Carlson’s deep commitment to scholarship support for students who wish to attend the College.
 

The Dr. Lewis B. Clingman Scholarship

In honor of the 125th Anniversary Family Scholarship Program the Clingman brothers, sisters and friends have united to create The Dr. Lewis B. Clingman Scholarship in memory of their father Dr. Lewis B. Clingman. As a Professor of History, author, researcher and foremost an advocate for the students of Aquinas, Dr. Lewis B Clingman etched his name in the history of Aquinas as one of most influential educators in the history of the institution.

 

To those who came in contact with him, he was a positive individual, always looking for ways to do things better. Dr. Clingman was always able to keep his humility while enjoying the accolades of those he worked with. His devotion to his religion, his adoration of his wife, his love of each of his five daughters and his son, all of whom attended Aquinas College, was always evident in his work and in his life. His “open door” policy for any and all AQ students who enlisted his guidance and his ready acceptance of the numerous cousins and relatives who opted to attend Aquinas because it was “Uncle Lew’s” school - Dr. Lewis B. Clingman was always putting himself second to whoever needed him at the moment.

 

His love for Aquinas was unquestioned. He would bend over backwards to ensure the College was always represented in the most positive fashion. His involvement ranged from the inception of a Credit Union for employees and students to the initiation of a campus wide “self study.” In and for the city of Grand Rapids, he served on numerous commissions as a voice for Aquinas. His efforts to establish one of the first working Human Relations Commission was recognized nationally as a blueprint for other communities throughout the country. He was a much- pursued dinner speaker covering most any type of topic pertinent to the group he was addressing. He was also a guest professor at Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, University of Michigan, and DePaul University - even Aquinas’ arch rival Calvin College. During his tenure at AQ, he served as Faculty President, Ombudsman, Athletic Director, and History Department Chairperson. On many occasions he could even be counted on to run over to the Campus at the wee hours of the morning to turn on the boilers so the buildings would have heat. His mark on Aquinas College will not soon be forgotten.

 

In honor of Dr. Clingman’s significant impact on Aquinas and in memory of deep commitment as a husband, father and friend the Clingman children and their spouses and many Aquinas friends have collectively created this scholarship in his name. The Dr. Lewis B. Clingman 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. It will become fully funded 2017 and available sometime after that.

 
The Sister Aquin Gallagher Scholarship
Mr. Timothy and Mrs. Janet Conroy

Mr. Timothy and Mrs. Janet Conroy are pleased to establish the Sister Aquin Gallagher Scholarship as a part of the 125th Anniversary Family Scholarship Campaign. This scholarship will be funded through annual outright gifts and their estate plan. Both Tim and Jan are Alumni of Aquinas College and two of their eight children graduated from Aquinas College.

 

Sister Aquin Gallagher, O.P. was a noted professor and advisor to Aquinas alumni for decades. She was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1898 as Catherine Gallagher. She joined the Grand Rapids Dominicans at a tender age in 1915. After earning graduate degrees in English and journalism, she began teaching at Catholic Junior College in 1933. "In her 45 years at Aquinas College, she inspired countless students by her contagious enthusiasm and joy in literature

and the interest she took in their personal lives. She died in January, 1978." She so positively impacted students and alumni that in addition to the numerous awards and honors bestowed while alive, in 2004, over 28 years after she retired, Sister Aquin Gallagher was inducted into the Aquinas Hall of Fame.

 

Tim and Jan Conroy are Together Tim and Jan have eight children all with college degrees: Ann, Patrick, Tim, John, Thomas, Brigid, Brendan, and Molly. They have 24 grandchildren and feel blessed to see the great grandchildren grow and flourish. The scholarship Tim and Jan are now creating is designed to assist a young woman or man who desires the opportunity to have an Aquinas education. They are pleased to help future generations and it is their hope that those who benefit from this scholarship, in turn, reach out and help other Aquinas students when the time is right. The scholarship is fully funded and will be available in the fall of 2014.

 

The Drake Quinn Family Scholarship

Marilyn Drake

Mrs. Marilyn Drake ’81 an alumnae of the College and Trustee Emeriti has started The Drake Quinn Family Scholarship because of a deep love of Aquinas and wanting to celebrate the 125th Anniversary in a special way.  The scholarship will be awarded to students majoring or minoring in music.  It will be awarded by the financial aid office with preference given to students with the greatest financial need. 

 

Mrs. Drake has been an ardent music and art philanthropist serving on the Grand Rapids Art Museum Board for seventeen years.  She has personally taken piano from Sr. Catherine Williams for years and has witnessed the deep commitment of all the faculty members. 

 

Mr. John Drake an entrepreneur in business and finance has also taken seriously the importance of education and philanthropy.  He has served for many years on the Board and committees of several local non-profits.  In addition to his significant work with the G.R. Art Museum, Senior Neighbors, and the Lake County Community Foundation he is passionate about family history and boating. 
 
The Duba Family Scholarship

Duba Family

Left to right: Tim and Catherine Lee, Dan and Denise Duba,
John and Mary Duba and Carol Duba Holm. (Not pictured:
George and Cindy Duba, Anna May Duba Ransdell and
Ronald Ransdell)

This scholarship was created to honor the memory of Mr. John and Mrs. Ann Duba by their devoted children, grandchildren and extended family.

 

John Duba was a remarkable and loving man who, despite facing many obstacles in life, retained his positive and inquisitive temperament interested in learning about everything life had to offer. John was the third of seven children: five girls and two boys. His mother died when he was only 10 years old and his father when he was 21 yrs. He learned at an early age the joy of working hard and of giving much throughout his life, at work at McInerney Spring and Wire, and at home, John was known for his empathy and understanding, his ability to see the best in everyone, and his generous spirit. A humble person always interested in the other, he related well to everyone, from shopkeeper to President of the University. By nature he was engaging with a wonderful sense of humor which made everyone feel comfortable. He also was a philosopher with wise insights -

he could make you feel good about life, even when you felt you could not manage it that day. John met and courted Ann Niewiadomski whose quiet, honest and determined attitude caught his attention. Ann was the second oldest of eight and when times were difficult she was asked to drop out of Union high school in her junior year to work and help support the family. She was a driven and hardworking young woman who never really thought her talents were as admirable as those around her. She was an excellent seamstress and once married, significantly helped with the family finances through her ingenuity. John and Ann created a loving and welcoming home for their six children: strong in faith and rich in their Polish - Russian heritage. As the children got older, Ann’s dependable strong work ethic and her natural, technical ability secured her a job with Lear Siegler. Because Lear wanted to send her through engineering classes at Grand Rapids Community College, she quietly passed her GED, and eventually taught new hire graduate engineers. It was her team that was responsible for the compasses on the Apollo spacecraft that first circled earth and landed on the Moon. She worked for Lear Siegler for thirty years before retiring yet retirement meant she had even more time to devote to the things she loved: Church, family and the many guilds and organizations she enjoyed. No matter how busy she was she always had time to make her world famous chocolate chip cookies - for grade school classes at Sacred Heart and far away places like China, and her renowned pierogies were on the table for every holiday. She disproved the adage “too old to change’ - she changed many times because she was always learning - from yoga to crafts, and from thought to action.

 

John and Ann would do whatever it took to send their six children through college. For them, sacrifice for education was the ultimate joy of giving.

 

John, Dziadzia (polish for Grandfather) died young at age 58 years old. Ann, Baba or Babusia, (polish for Grandmother) lived until she was 95 years old passing away on April 6, 2012. Ann and John leave a legacy of family love, of learning, and of courage. Their family will forever hold them close - in their hearts and in their thoughts. They were members of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. They were proud grandparents of fifteen: Elizabeth Holm, John Holm, Amanda Holm, Stephen Lee, Andrea Lee, Cassie Lee, Moira Lee, Jennifer Reynolds, Mike Ransdell, Allie Duba, Andrew Duba, John Duba III, Karyn Duba, Daniel Duba ‘01, and Nicholas Duba ‘04.

 

The family is pleased to participate in this important 125th Anniversary Family Scholarship program and they, with deep gratitude, remember their parents John and Ann Duba whose constant support and encouragement made such a difference in their lives. They hope the student receiving the scholarship will enjoy the Aquinas experience as much as the three generations of Duba family have.

 

The John and Ann Duba Family 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. This scholarship will be fully funded and available in 2017.

 
The Durell Family Scholarship
Durell Family

Richard (Dick) Durell has served as an Aquinas College Trustee since 2007. He and wife, Lynda, create this scholarship as a way to honor Aquinas College and to support education in the liberal arts. Dick has practiced law for over 40 years, serving business and real estate clients. During her nearly 30 years of owning and operating The Moving Company dance school in East Grand Rapids, Lynda enriched the lives of countless students. Dick and Lynda raised 6 children in their home located a few blocks from the campus.

 

The Durell Family 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. The scholarship is fully funded and will be made available for the 2014-2015 academic year.

 

The Professor Gary M. Eberle Scholarship

Gary Eberle

The Professor Gary M. Eberle Scholarship was started by Aquinas Alumni to honor Gary M. Eberle MA, for his contribution to Aquinas College especially in the area of English.

Professor Eberle continues to have tremendous impact and positive influence in the Aquinas Community, most recently during this 125th Anniversary as the Master of the Revels. 

 

Mr. Eberle is the author of several books, including Dangerous Words: Talking About God in the Age of Fundamentalism (Boston: Shambhala/Trumpter, 2007).  Eberle has twice been selected by the Student Senate as Outstanding faculty member of the year and in 1994 he received an award from the Aquinas College faculty for his outstanding scholarship.  In 1985 he developed the Insignis

Program for Honors Students and directed it for 15 years.  His journalism and fiction have won awards locally and nationally and his novel Angel Strings was named a “best book” by the New York Public Library in 1997.

 

He was instrumental in initiating the Spectrum Scholarship competition and he spearheaded the idea of transforming Jarecki Center into the College’s first free-standing library.  Professor Eberle has also served for 13 years as the Chairperson of the English department.  
The Eberle 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 Eberle 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
Echelbarger Family

Dennis M. Echelbarger, CPA/CFF and his son, David G. Echelbarger, CPA both graduates of Aquinas College, deeply appreciate their excellent education at Aquinas that launched their successful careers in accounting.  The father – son team recently established the Echelbarger Family Scholarship. Their motivation for this gift emphasized two main philosophies: 1) a commitment to giving back to those institutions that helped them get established and 2) a deep belief that higher education holds the key to solutions that would address many if not most of the issues our community and nation face economically and morally.

 

Mr. Dennis Echelbarger is the founder and currently the Chairman of the Board of Echelbarger, Himebaugh, Tamm and Company, P.C.  He is also a 1964 graduate of Aquinas and is a newly elected member of the Board of Trustees.  His business success is well known in the community. David G. Echelbarger, CPA was one of

the four out of Mr. Dennis Echelbarger’s five children to attend Aquinas College. David graduated from Aquinas College in 1988 with a B.A. degree in Accounting. He is now the President and the Chief Operating Officer at Echelbarger, Himebaugh, Tamm & Co., P.C.

 

Dennis and David will be joining with their family to establish this scholarship in hopes of assisting the next generation of finance/business professionals to strengthen the fabric of West Michigan and beyond. 

 

The Elderkin Family Scholarship

Elderkin Family

Edward Elderkin and his wife Sharron Reynolds ‘77 have been connected with Aquinas for decades. For this reason they decided to start The Elderkin Family Scholarship in honor of Aquinas College’s 125th Anniversary. This scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the financial aid office.  A 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.

 

Both Ed and his wife Sharron have had long and successful business careers in the greater Grand Rapids area over the past four decades. Their collective support of Catholic education has been equally strong. Mr. Elderkin, entrepreneur and business owner in the lumber industry started from the ground floor and then purchased Budres Lumber Company. He grew the business significantly since

he purchased it in 1986 and then successfully sold it to Weyerhaeuser in 2006.

 

Mrs. Sharron Reynolds was a part of the cutting edge program called ENCORE at Aquinas, which was specifically designed for women returning to pursue their education and enhance their career opportunities. This program has transformed into the current continuing education program and has been replicated by every higher educational institution in the region. In 1977, her Aquinas education in hand, Sharron’s talents catapulted her to top executive positions including working with the Bishop of the Grand Rapids Diocese to her last full time professional position with Huntington bank. She was instrumental in helping Huntington formulate the Women’s Advisory Board, on which she serves even after her retirement from a successful career at the bank. Sharron has served on many local non-profit boards for decades raising millions for her favorite charitable golf outing “The Positively Warren Golf Classic” for twelve years named after Sharron’s late husband Warren Reynolds. Together Ed and Sharron have nine children and twenty grandchildren. 

 
Dr Ali and Mrs. Hulya Erhan Endowed Scholarship

Dr. and Mrs. Erhan are grateful to the Aquinas College community for the Dominican values like hospitality, inclusiveness and diversity. For this reason they decided to create a scholarship for International Business or Economics students, The Dr. Ali and Mrs. Hulya Erhan Endowed Scholarship.

 

As an educator devoted to international business, Dr. Erhan is proud of the fact that Aquinas was the first in West Michigan to offer an International Business degree.  His partner in life, Mrs. Hulya Erhan had over twenty years with the Turkish Commerce Department in the Import/Export division before marrying Dr. Erhan and moving to Grand Rapids to raise their growing family.

 

In addition to his career here at Aquinas, Dr. Erhan has had two of his six children attend Aquinas College and they are proud to call themselves a part of the

Aquinas family. The Erhan family is excited to help Aquinas celebrate the 125th Anniversary through the establishment of this scholarship.  The scholarship will be awarded, when the scholarship is fully funded, to a student majoring in International Business or Economics and is renewable by maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better during their Aquinas career.
 
Fund 13 Scholarship

This scholarship was established by a family who recognizes the importance of the role of Aquinas College and who benefited 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 on the world. The 13 Fund Scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the financial aid office. The scholarship will be available for the 2013 - 2014 academic year. 

 

The Gleason Family Scholarship

Gleason Family

Tom graduated from Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, in 1957 with an AB degree in English and a Science minor. In 1959 he received an MBA from Harvard University. With his wife and four children, he came to Grand Rapids in 1970 to work for Wolverine World Wide, where he served as CEO for 21 years.  He then spent four years as CEO of Premium Wear in Minneapolis, Minn. before its sale in 2000.  Subsequently he chaired a group of regional business owners and/or presidents, helping them to become better leaders through a combination of continuing education and issue resolution in a peer-to-peer setting.  Tom believes that education is the key to self-development and to the development of our country.

 

Sally graduated from Trinity College in Washington D.C., with a major in English.  After raising four children she worked as an event coordinator at Seyferth &

Associates, a public relations firm.  Serving as a Trustee of Aquinas College for four years, she came to understand and appreciate not only the broad based education offered by Aquinas, but also the emphasis on fostering individual and personal relationships.

 

Together Tom and Sally believe that Aquinas students are more than just a number; they are nurtured and guided in their academic endeavors and graduate to achieve outstanding success in their communities. This is why they have created the Gleason Family Scholarship that will be awarded to a student with a Science major and a History, English or other Liberal Arts minor.

 

The Hillary Family Scholarship

Hillary Family

“We love Aquinas and look forward to making a meaningful difference during the school’s 125th anniversary,” said Elissa Sangalli Hillary ‘05 of her family’s decision to start an endowed scholarship as part of the Family Scholarship Endowment Program. To date, the Hillary’s are the youngest group of alumni to establish an endowed scholarship. They have committed to raising the funds within their extended families within the next five years.

“We really had never considered that we might be able to fund a family scholarship until the program was explained to us,” said Brian Hillary ’97. “With five years to complete it and engaging our extended family, it made it seem manageable.”

The Hillary’s have established specific criteria with their decision and plan on

funding a scholarship for a student with demonstrated leadership and on-going commitment to service, one who is actively practicing his/her Catholic faith and who will maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better during the four or five years they would be eligible.

 

The Hillary scholarship was established by Mr. Brian P. ‘97 and Mrs. Marcie M. Hillary ‘97, and Mr. Adam J.’05 and Mrs. Elizabeth (Elissa) A. Hillary ’05 during the 125th Anniversary of the College as one of the best ways to give back to the institution they love.  At that time, 2011, they were the youngest group of Alumni to establish an endowed scholarship.  In addition to their own commitment to the College, the Hillary's want to recognize the many members of the Hillary and Witkowski families who have graduated from or been blessed by involvement at Aquinas College.  Brian (older brother of Adam) and Marcie Hillary met at Aquinas and still remain actively involved with reunion and alumni committees.  Both Adam and Elissa were visible student leaders while at Aquinas participating in the Aquinas Ambassador program and Student Senate among other things.

 

As of December 16, 2011 the following family members and friends have contributed to the fund:  Scott and Kim Harrison, Adam and Elissa Hillary, Brian and Marcie Hillary, Dennis and Gloria Hillary, Ed and Bonnie Hillary, Ed and Tara Hillary Chiu, Frank G. Hillary, Frank and Sarah Hillary, Greg and Rosa Hillary, Keith and Wendy Hillary, Philip and Corrie Hillary, William and Margaret Hillary, Liz Keegan, Ron and Dolores Kit, Bob and Beth Sangalli, Peter and Pat Sangalli, Dan and Cindy Witkowski

 

In Honor Of: Gerard and Alice Hillary, Margaret Anne Hillary, Mary Hillary

 
The Hopps Family Scholarship
The Hopps Family

We are delighted to announce that Mr. and Mrs. John S. Hopps II are the youngest alumni to establish an endowed scholarship in the history of the College. They are joined by John's parents as a joint effort as a part of the 125th Anniversary Family Scholarship campaign. Mr. John S. Hopps II was born with the entrepreneurial spirit. He started overseeing his own investment portfolio at the tender age of eighteen. John and Christina both graduated from Aquinas College in 2009. John’s degree was in Business Administration and is currently working at GreenStone Farm Credit Services as a credit analyst. Christina’s degree was in biology and Business Administration and is currently in the University of Detroit Mercy’s Physician Assistant program. John and Christina met in High School while in Traverse City and worked on Mackinac Island together during the summers in college. In addition to his business career, John recently started his own business and is the President & CEO of Trade Sauce Co., LLC.

Mr. John S. and Nancy R. Hopps have been involved and faithful parents of an Aquinas Alumni for many years. Their son, John, graduated from Aquinas in 2009. John S. Hopps had a successful career for 33 years at Proctor and Gamble and Nancy is retired after 33 years of being a dental hygienist. John and Nancy strongly believe in conservative Christ centered education and want to support those young men and women who align philosophically with these fundamental beliefs. Their view of a slice of heaven on earth is their summer home on Mackinac Island.

 

Both couples are pleased to be a part of this important initiative in establishing an endowed 125th anniversary scholarship which will leave a lasting legacy of support for students wishing to attend Aquinas.

 
The Michael C. and Mary Keller Family Scholarship
The Michael C. and Mary Keller Family Scholarship

Michael and Mary Keller have been associated with Aquinas College for nearly 43 years. Michael retired in May of 2011 after having received emeritus status for his 42 years of service to Aquinas College. Among his many responsibilities, Michael was an Assistant Professor of French and a Vice President of Aquinas College. In June of 2012, at his 50th high school reunion, Michael received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater in Maine, Erskine Academy.

Mary taught for 30 years, almost all of these years as a high school French and English teacher with the Grand Rapids Public Schools. She devoted her entire career to help her students achieve their academic and life goals. In addition, all three of their children, Charles, Anne and Stephanie have completed course work or hold degrees from Aquinas College.

 

To ensure that their legacy as educators continues into the future and to show their continued gratitude for and support of Aquinas College, they have created this scholarship in honor of the 125thAnniversary Family Scholarship program. This scholarship will ensure that generations of students will have opportunities to fulfill their educational goals.


The Michael C. and Mary Keller Family Scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the financial aid office to a student with the greatest need. Preference will be given to a student who is the first in his/her family to attend college. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time, remains in good standing with the College and maintains a 3.0 GPA.

 

The Al and Colette Kessel Family Scholarship For Entrepreneurial Leadership

Mr. Albert F. Kessel and Mrs. Colette Kessel have been strong supporters of Aquinas College throughout the years. They have decided to continue their support by starting The Al and Colette Kessel Family Scholarship for Entrepreneurial Leadership. This scholarship will be awarded to a student with demonstrated leadership, an interest in operating their own business.  It is therefore geared toward business, economics, or an international business majors or minors. 

 

Al Kessel was born with the entrepreneurial spirit and from his earliest years he has been driven toward business success.  Mr. Kessel is the founder of Kessel Enterprises, LLC which incorporates several business entities.  In addition to his business success, he has served his community in many capacities currently serving the University of Michigan on the Health System Advisory Group. Colette Kessel has been a supportive partner in the Kessel family success story.  God has blessed them with ten children.  Their priority has always been Catholic faith, family and good hard work. 

 
The Mary and Leo Kessler, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Kessler Family

Education was very important to Marie Kessler’s parents, Mary and Leo Kessler.  For this reason Marie has started the Mary and Leo Kessler, Jr. Memorial Scholarship as a part of the 125th Anniversary Family Scholarship Program. The Mary and Leo Kessler, Jr. Memorial 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. This scholarship will be fully funded and available in June of 2017.

 

Mary Kessler’s family, the Schmalls were second generation blue collar workers living in Dayton Ohio of German background.  Her father worked at Frigidaire on the line.  Her mother was a homemaker making ends meet the best she could.  Mary would tell stories of having a soda pop stand at the factory during the

Great Depression that she worked with her two brothers and sister to bring in some additional money for the family and walking the railroad tracks to pick up pieces of coal to use at home for heat.

 

Leo was first generation in America.  His mother was from Scotland and his father had fled Germany to avoid conscription in the Kaiser’s army. Leo joined the Army the day he graduated from high school in Cleveland, Ohio.  He was 18 years old.  He served at the Battle of Bulge in the Second World War, and he survived.

 

Education was very important to Mary and Leo.  Both were able to go to Catholic high schools and were the first from their families to graduate from high school let alone attend college.  Leo had the GI Bill.  Mary returned to college after all her children had graduated from high school. Both Mary and Leo worked hard for their family and their education.  They impressed upon their children that an education is something that can never be taken away from you.

 

Mary and Leo were very happy with Marie’s choice of Aquinas. Marie Kessler received a wonderful education, life experiences and lifelong friends.  She majored in Theatre and graduated with a B.A. in 1975.  She continued on to law school and got her Juris Doctorate from Detroit College of Law, now known as Michigan State Law School. She started her career at the Kent County Defender’s Office as a criminal defense attorney.  Marie then went on to work in a large insurance defense firm, ran her own law office, worked with the Idema and Keyser law firm and finally was appointed to a position with Kent County Circuit Court as a Referee in the Family Law Division.  Marie feels very blessed and is happy to pass on those blessings to others.

 

Mary Kessler died in 2001 and Leo Kessler, Jr. followed in 2005.  There is not a day that passes that Marie doesn’t miss them and thank them for what they gave her, faith and education and chance to succeed in this world.  For this reason Marie Kessler and her husband Jay Stone have created this scholarship; for Aquinas students to make the most of what he/she has, and pass it on to others, just like Marie’s parents did.

 

The James D. Kirkwood Family Scholarship

The Kirkwood Family

Jack and Rita Kirkwood have created this scholarship in memory of their son Jim.  Jack and Rita met at Aquinas, married and started both a family and their careers.  Jim, like his father, was larger than life at a 6’6” frame.  His game, tennis both while at Aquinas and afterwards.  After successfully graduating from Aquinas, Jim initially moved West to pursue a law degree and then the opportunity to be close to family drew him back to Grand Rapids.  When he returned three significant events happened: he joined the family business, he met and married his true love Annie and his son Alex was born.  A man of few words and at times reserved, Jim loved a good story and especially enjoyed perfecting the family traditions around the holidays.  It wouldn’t be unusual for the phone to ring multiple times on Thanksgiving morning to get the turkey just right.  Jim was a hard worker and learned the business from the ground up starting with the operations of the machinery and then moving into sales.  Jim’s good sense of humor was

legendary which his sisters readily testify to.  Success seemed to be the natural result of Jim’s hard work in business yet it was Jim’s happy marriage and his deep love of his son Alex that gave Jim fulfillment.  Jim, in the prime of life, unexpectedly passed away celebrating one of his beloved holidays with the people he loved most in the world.  They will always miss him yet it brings the family great joy to think that another deserving student will receive the James D. Kirkwood scholarship to honor his memory.

 

The Kirkwood family scholarship will be awarded to students majoring or minoring in the 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 involved in 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 maintains 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.

 

The Laporte Family Scholarship 

The Laporte Family

The LaPorte Family Scholarship was created in memory of Mr. Rosaire J. Laporte and in honor of Mrs. Catherine R. Laporte by their daughter Anne Marie Laporte Gonczy ’67.  Mr. and Mrs. Laporte were deeply dedicated to their Catholic faith and very active in their church.  They were hard working and made great sacrifices so their three children could participate in Catholic education from grade school through college. 

 

Mr. Laporte was a civil and structural engineer and Mrs. Laporte is a nurse. Once her children were older, she worked full time to add to their family’s ability to have access to a strong parochial education. 

 

Anne Marie Laporte Gonczy ’67 graduated from Aquinas College with a double major in math and economics. She was hired by the Federal Reserve Bank of

Chicago at a time when such professional positions more generally were uncommon for women.  Her career in economic research at the Federal Reserve lasted almost 40 years. 

 

Ms. Laporte Gonczy fondly remembers the impact of her professors at Aquinas. In gratitude she has made this scholarship available during the College’s 125th anniversary, to Economics and Math majors with a preference given to female students. She has also made arrangements in her estate plan to provide scholarships for students.

 

The LeClair Family Scholarship

Donald LeClair & President Olivarez

Donald E. LeClair was born on June 12, 1936 in Cheboygan Michigan. His mother died two months later and Don was raised by his father and three older sisters. His father taught him many early lessons about money. As soon as Don was old enough (maybe 3) his dad gave him an allowance of 3 pennies a week. One penny was to be saved, one for church and the other to spend. He helped his dad in a small grocery store and did yard work for others thereby saving $200. After graduating from high school, his dad asked him what he was going to do. Don thought he might like to go to college, the first in his family to do so. How do you go to college and where? Don wanted to go to a small college. A friend who graduated the year before had gone to Aquinas and Don’s oldest sister and family lived in Grand Rapids. Don wrote to Aquinas telling them that he wanted to go there. Aquinas sent an application and asked for a copy of his transcript. He sent these to Aquinas putting his grandmother’s phone number on the application as he

and his dad did not have a phone. Don had made arrangements with his friend’s family for a ride to Grand Rapids the Sunday before school started (Don’s dad never owned a car). The Friday before school started, they had not heard a thing and Don’s dad asked what he was going to do. Don said that he would go to Grand Rapids and on Monday go over to Aquinas and see if he could go to school and if he couldn’t he would come back home. Dad thought that that was a good idea. On Saturday as usual, Don did the washing played 9 holes of golf and went to the store in the afternoon to help dad. Dad said that his grandmother had sent a boy to the store with a message from a Msgr Bukowski (president of Aquinas) who had called her and said that Don was accepted. Don arrived with his $200 - first semester tuition was $60. Don got a job working 39 plus hours a week, paying for his college, graduating in four years with a degree in Business Administration.

 

Don met Arlene Norman at Aquinas, fell in love with her, they married on November 29, 1958. They were blessed with four children. Arlene was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in August 1996. Going to bed one night in January 1997, Arlene said she would be happy if Don could be home with her full time. In 60 days Don retired and was a caregiver for Arlene for four years until she passed away on February 22, 2001. Those four years were a great and very special time for Don & Arlene.

 

Don had a very successful life in business as president and CEO of an international laser company. He was very active in his parish, St. Jude. He served 11years on the Board of Trustees of Aquinas and is now a Trustee Emeritus for life. Don also served on many boards and committees throughout the community, believing that you should always give back.

 

Don’s children have blessed him with nine grandchildren. He now spends his time bragging about them, volunteering, golfing, yard work, getting together with friends and is an avid fan of Notre Dame, Tigers and the Lions.

 

Because of his long and strong connections to Aquinas Mr. LeClair has decided to start The LeClair 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 Sister Ann Mason, OP. Scholarship
The Sister Ann Mason, OP. Scholarship

It is with great pleasure that the Aquinas College Department of Mathematics and Sister Ann Mason’s family along with the Dominican Sisters, Alumni and friends honor retiring faculty member Sister Ann Mason O.P. with this important scholarship. This scholarship is designed as a permanent legacy to the decades of inspired teaching Sister Ann has blessed our community with.

The Sister Ann Mason, OP. Scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the financial aid office in conjunction with recommendations from the Chairperson of the Department of Mathematics. A preference will be given to those students seeking a major or minor in mathematics and who have the greatest need. The scholarship is renewable for five years provided the student is full time, carries a 3.2 GPA and remains in good standing with Aquinas College.

 

Sister Ann’s teaching, advising and campus involvement makes her an Aquinas College favorite and a blessing to the community. Here are only a few stories and quotes from people Sr. Ann Mason has left an impression with:

 

"Sister Ann’s love of her students and coworkers always shines through when she visits with family. She has an amazing ability to explain math material so that it finally makes sense, and she never misses an opportunity to ask a student in the family what he or she is learning in math this year. Sister Ann keeps in touch with so many former students and their children. We believe that generations of people have been impacted by Sister Ann’s love of teaching and her endless enthusiasm for math. Her enduring faith and endless prayers make her impact that much greater. It is impossible to remain untouched by her selfless building of community. Sister Ann’s dedication inspires her family to be better, work harder, and be more supportive in our families and in the communities we have built for ourselves. We are so happy to be able to publicly recognize a member of our family who is in so many ways very private. We love you Sister Ann for your never ending love for us, your dedication and support of others, your constant faith and prayers, and your shining personality. Thank you for helping to tend God’s farm. You are blessed and loved for your work always." - The extended members of the Mason family.


"Thank you for being a shrewd advisor and for telling me to double major. Thank you for instilling in me a love and fascination for mathematics. Thank you for your dry sense of humor, and for always being warm, supportive, rigorous and fair. I loved my time at AQ and I loved the Math Department. I will never forget and I will always be grateful." - Maxine Guzman ‘01

 

The Sister Ann Mason Scholarship is due to be fully funded by December 31, 2017 and will be available to students after that.

 

The O’Brien, Witham, McCargar Music Scholarship

Barbara McCargar

The O’Brien, Witham, McCargar Music Scholarship honors 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. 

 

Ms. McCargar began teaching on the campus of Aquinas College in 1987 and is currently an Associate Professor of Music.  As a soloist, her performing career has spanned over four decades.  Barbara is a sought after cantor, clinician and speaker on vocal technique, leader of workshops for the church cantor, and is the director of the St. Stephen Church Choir in East Grand Rapids. Ms. McCargar

is from a talented musical family and wishes to acknowledge all members of the O’Brien, Witham, and McCargar families who have participated and supported music education and performance for nearly a century. 

 

The O’Brien, Witham, McCargar Music Scholarship was started by Mrs. Marilyn Drake ’81, an alumnae of the College and Trustee Emeriti, to honor long time music faculty member Ms. Barbara Witham McCargar.  Mrs. Drake has personally admired Ms. McCargar and has witnessed the deep commitment and influence Ms. McCargar has had as the long time Chair of the Music Department.  During this 125th anniversary, Mrs. Drake wanted to support the music department and the leadership of Ms. Barbara Witham McCargar. 

 

The Michael and Rachel Mraz Family Scholarship

Mraz Family

Rachel and Mike met at and both graduated with honors from Cornell University.  They have both embarked on successful careers in business here in West Michigan, and are deeply committed to the importance of quality higher education as a backbone for achievement. They have been driven in their respective careers by values such as integrity and high ethical standards and therefore, when they decided to invest in education in West Michigan, they felt a kindred spirit at Aquinas College. 

 

Mike and Rachel are also actively involved in many non-profit organizations in West Michigan and beyond, and feel that participation in philanthropy is a way of giving back and supporting a vibrant and diverse community.  When Rachel and Mike are not engaged in business or community activities, they enjoy walking their Great Danes thru Aquinas’ campus or traveling to new parts of the world. 

Because of this, the couple was also inspired by Aquinas’ programs for international outreach and community connectivity to global issues.  At the time of creation, they are the youngest non-alumni community couple to establish an endowed scholarship at the College. 
 
The J. Lee and Susan B. Murphy Business Scholarship
Lee and Sue Murphy

Lee and Sue Murphy have a long and deep association with Aquinas College.  Sue graduated from Aquinas with a BSBA in 1978, practiced as a CPA, received an MBA from Michigan State University, and  returned in 1982 to teach accounting and finance classes for sixteen years. Their son and daughter-in-law received degrees from Aquinas, and granddaughter Michelle graduated in 2012 with a BSBA. Sue currently is a Board Member of OLLI at Aquinas.

 

Lee graduated from the University of Michigan Business and Law Schools. After becoming a CPA while with Ernst & Ernst in Detroit, Lee then joined the local law firm of Miller Johnson in 1962, where he has since practiced in the areas of business, corporate and tax law.

Both Lee & Sue have been active participants in the Grand Rapids community, serving as volunteers and board members in community, social and arts organizations including Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Grand Rapids Ballet, Alliance Francaise de Grand Rapids, Big Sister of DA Blodgett, Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation, Cascade Country Club, and the Peninsular Club.

 

In honor of the 125th Anniversary family Scholarship program they have established the J. Lee and Susan B. Murphy Business Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students majoring 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 four years provided the student(s) remain in good standing with the College and maintain a 3.25 GPA. 

 
The Noodle Lovers' International Scholarship
The Chung Family

Mr. Cei-Chang Chung came to the United States to pursue his college education at Aquinas College graduating in 1982. While staying on campus during the summer of 1980, Mr. Chung fondly remembers “there were many Catholic Sisters around... they were so kind enough to comfort me from the culture shock and homesickness..." After Aquinas, Mr. Chung finished his MBA at Kellogg Business School, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In 1984 he returned to his home in Seoul, Korea. Mr. Chung is currently leading a company called Noodle-Lovers, Inc. established some 20 years ago, after 7 years of work experience at Samsung Electronics. Noodle Lovers’ Inc. is a successful manufacturer and marketer of a variety of different noodle and sauce products for retail and the food service market mainly in Korea, and some foreign countries. Mr. Chung is married and Mrs. Chung has a career in Music teaching. They have two children. Their daughter is a music student, and their son is a Lieutenant in the Korean Air force.

 

In addition to his business interests, Mr. Chung has an appreciation for music and remembers his daily trek to the Library on the second floor of the administration building to read the Wall Street Journal as a way of enhancing his English. One day “it was a truly God blessed fortune to listen... to the live ‘Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto’ being played by Mr. Hopkins, with whom I shared a warm friendship for many years.” Recently, Mr. Chung played an important role in helping the College acquire a Steinway grand piano and establish a scholarship for the music department as a way of honoring the late professor Eugene Hopkins.

 

Mr. Cei-Chang Chung is pleased to participate in this important 125th Anniversary Scholarship program and he is hopeful the student receiving the scholarship will enjoy the Aquinas experience.

 

Mr. Chung's scholarship is named after his successful business: The Noodle Lovers’ International Scholarship.

 

The Noodle Lovers’ International Scholarship is designed to assist incoming international students with a preference given to Asian (especially Central Asia and Southeast Asia) students or Aquinas students pursuing Aquinas study abroad experiences (especially Far East Asia). The Noodle Lovers’ International 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 Jim and Liz Novitsky Family Scholarship
Jim and Liz Novitsky Family Jim Novitsky, a native of Grand Rapids, attended Ottawa High School. It was his accomplishments in track that landed him a track scholarship to attend Aquinas College for two years. He continued on to receive a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University. During his time at Aquinas the captain of the track team infused a belief that Jim follows even today: “It’s easy to say but hard to do – talk is cheap you must walk the talk.” After graduation Jim was hired by a local business owner, honing his skills in sales. Through his business experience, Jim began to create the vision for a future business. Jim decided to open his own competitive business called Advantage Sign Supply. Jim grew it successfully and in 2003 decided to sell the business and go into semi-retirement with the opportunity to spend additional time with his twin daughters Rebecca and Emilia. Jim loves hunting and fishing and was extremely proud of his daughter bagging her first deer at age 11. He also serves the community through many grass

roots opportunities like driving for nearly twenty years for the local Meals on Wheels program.

 

Jim met his wife Liz Plawski Novitsky through industry circles as he was building his career. She was raised in Connecticut and proudly remembers her father serving in the Polish Resistance during WWII. He has recently published a book about the experience Torn From the Homeland. Liz graduated from Bryant University in Rhode Island and is accomplished painter, photographer and gourmet cook.

When asked what motivated him to establish this scholarship he said “I was given a chance by being offered a scholarship. I knew someday I would like to help someone else out and hopefully one day they will do the same.” He is pleased to be a part of this historic 125th anniversary Family scholarship campaign to help the generations of Aquinas students.

 

The criteria for the Novitsky scholarship is as follows: The Novitsky Family 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 Novitsky scholarship will be fully funded by December 2017 and then available after it is fully funded.

 
John P. and Stella M. O'Connor Scholarship

John and Stella O’Connor will be remembered in the community for their devotion to their family, their faith and service to Aquinas. John and Stella raised their 3 children and lived their lives in a manner that reflected their deep belief in Christian values and Catholic principles. John and Stella adhere to the principle that education is the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life and insisted that their children strive for academic excellence. John’s career included extensive experience as a CPA in public and private accounting. He began his career at Aquinas as an Accounting Instructor and in 1988, John retired from his position as Vice President of Business and Finance. During his tenure as V.P. he successfully guided the college through challenging financial times. John used his financial expertise to assist various religious and non-profit organizations. Dear to John’s heart was the organization, SHARE, a support group he helped establish, to assist individuals and families in dealing with issues related to mental illness.

 

John will always be remembered by his #1 guideline to fiscal integrity, simply “if you don’t have it, don’t spend it!”


Stella M. O’Connor devoted her life to raising their three children. With a brother and two sisters living in Grand Rapids, weekends often involved getting together with a large extended family. As a devoted wife, she left her friends and family in Grand Rapids and accompanied John and the children to Port of Spain, Trinidad when John accepted a position with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Wherever they resided, John and Stella’s home was always open to a wide circle of friends, business associates and family. At the time of John’s death in 1999, he and Stella had celebrated 54 years of a loving marriage which was certainly one of life’s most precious gifts. Stella O’Connor passed into the arms of Jesus on November 13, 2012.

 

This John and Stella M. O'Connor scholarship shall be awarded to one or more full time Aquinas College students who wish to purse 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. The scholarship is fully funded and available for distribution.

 

The Olivarez Family Scholarship 

Dr. Juan and Mrs. Mary Olivarez

Dr. Juan and Mrs. Mary Olivarez met, fell in love and married shortly after graduation from Aquinas College. They have both committed their careers to education and credit Aquinas with changing their lives.  In addition to their devotion to Aquinas, Mr. Alfino Olivarez, Jr., older brother of Juan, graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and he too would like to show his appreciation to the college through the Olivarez Family Scholarship.


Dr. Juan Olivarez was selected as the seventh president of Aquinas College and began his term as the College celebrates the 125th anniversary. The Olivarez's gratitude for the opportunities and education have not been forgotten. The Olivarez Family 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. In addition to the outright gift for this scholarship, Dr. and Mrs. Olivarez have made arrangements in their estate plan to provide scholarship opportunities for students attending Aquinas College.
 
The Parini Family Scholarship

Mr. Joseph A. Parini is a longtime friend of Aquinas College and is currently a Trustee of the College.  He also served a full three terms as Trustee from 1983 until 1992.  Mr. Parini has the strong reputation of a business leader and a successful entrepreneur.  He is President of Applied Analytics Inc. which designs georeferencing/geolocation systems, where there systems can guide a remote vehicle, stabilize a moving platform or locate high value targets from a moving aircraft.   The company has a group of electrical, systems and software engineers with over 150 years of experience in aerospace and defense technology. They specialize in high precision systems but can provide valuable expertise to anyone developing sensor-based applications. In addition to his success in business, Joe has been a devoted husband, father and grandfather. 

 

It is with great pleasure that Mr. Joseph Parini establish this family scholarship during the 125th anniversary of the College as a way to pay tribute to an institution he cares about. 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. It will become fully funded and available in July of 2017.

 
The Pelkey Piggott Family Scholarship
The Pelkey Piggott Family Scholarship

Mrs. Lynda Pelkey has created this scholarship in memory of her son Nate Pelkey and her mother Mrs. Frances Piggot. This is an endowed scholarship and therefore a permanent legacy honoring their memory. May perpetual light shine upon them.

 

Nathanael Thomas Pelkey, born December 4, 1982 to Gregory and Lynda (Piggott) Pelkey, was a talented chef, an animal lover, and an athletic, kind-hearted young man. Growing up in Berrien Springs and Benton Harbor, Michigan, Nathan played hockey with the Irish Youth Hockey League and played soccer for twelve years through school/summer programs. He lived an adventurous life, traveling and working in various places—he once was a chief in South Carolina. His dream was to work for the Department of Natural Resources, working in the field of wildlife biology, and especially with marine

life. Of his character, his siblings and family members will always remember Nathanael as a deeply caring, loyal, and loving individual. Nathan was quiet by nature yet his warm smile could light up anyone’s day. His great sense of humor combined with that radiant smile made him easy to love. May his life be an inspiration for all. Nathanael passed away on January 4, 2012.

 

Frances Bertha Piggott, 87, of Benton Harbor, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Frances was born Nov. 15, 1924 in Metamora, Ill. to Vincent and Elizabeth (Schierer) Waldschmidt. She graduated from St. Johns High School in Benton Harbor. On Oct. 20, 1945 she married Laurel "Bud" Piggott in Benton Harbor at St. John's Catholic Church. Frances and Bud owned and operated L.H. Piggott and Girls Farm until 1995, when they retired. Frances had a deep love and pride for her family and will be deeply missed along with her spectacular homemade pies, which she loved to bake for others.


Frances lived a prayerful life and possessed a deep Catholic Faith.

 

The Mr. Nathanael Pelkey and Mrs. Frances Piggott Family Memorial Scholarship is unrestricted and will be awarded by the financial aid office. A preference will be given to the student(s) 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. This scholarship is fully funded and will be available for distribution in 2014.

 
Saints for Life Scholarship

Saints for Life Scholarship was formed to support students who have chosen life. The student organization believes that an unexpected pregnancy should not deter a student from achieving his/her educational goal. To that end, Saints for Life Student Organization is committed to providing tuition assistance to an undergraduate student at Aquinas College who finds him/herself trying to balance school and parenting.

 

The sanctity of life is at the heart of David V. and Nancy A. Huhn's interest in making this 125th Anniversary Scholarship possible. Both are Aquinas alums, David ('65) and Nancy ('64). Between them, they have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. It is the value they place on the gift of life that they want to honor by supporting the spirit and intent of this scholarship.

 

Ultimately, they hope to grow the Fund to over $100,000 through annual giving and estate planning in order to support those young women and men who have shown they value the gift of life by keeping the child of an unplanned pregnancy.

 

In enthusiastic support of the leadership Mr. David V. and Mrs. Nancy Huhn are demonstrating, both faculty and students have also wanted to financially contribute to the corpus of the fund.  The scholarship will be made available to eligible students during the 2013 - 2014 academic year and beyond.

 
The Jack and Joan Sawinski Family Scholarship
Jack and Joan Sawinski Family

Mr. Jack and Mrs. Joan Sawinski have a deep appreciation for what has been accomplished at Aquinas over the decades in educating men and women with a rigorous academic program.  They enjoyed their time at Aquinas during the early 1950’s and hope to open the doors of opportunity to others in serious financial need. They hope to achieve this with the Sawinski Family Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded by the financial aid office and will be given to a student with the greatest need.

 

They also want to honor the dedicated Board of Trustees, the administration, the faculty and the staff by creating this scholarship.  Both Jack and Joan strongly believe in the importance of Catholic education.  They were raised by parents who made the needed sacrifices to enroll them in Catholic schools.  They are pleased to contribute toward the perpetuation of Catholic education and

teachings.  Best of all, Jack and Joan met at Aquinas College and have had a long and happy marriage along with the rich experience of being parents and grandparents. 

 

Jack Sawinski had a successful career as an executive at Con Edison in New Jersey.  He was honored in October 2011 for his distinguished volunteer work in senior housing with Oak Woods, Inc. at which he received a State of New Jersey proclamation “commending his meritorious record of service, leadership, and commitment.”  Jack is quick to acknowledge that his accomplishments “could not have been done without Joan’s wonderful support.”

 
The Marijeanne and Virgileen Schrauwen Memorial Scholarship

Virgileen and Marijeanne were both graduates of Marywood Academy, Virgileen in 1940 and Marijeanne in 1944.  Both went on to attend and graduate from Aquinas College at a time when very few women received higher education.  Their gratitude for the opportunities and education they received was not forgotten; they made arrangements in their estate plan to provide a scholarship for women at Aquinas College. This scholarship will be made available in the near future.

 
The Willard and Barbara Schroeder Scholarship

Willard "Bill" and Barbara Schroeder will be remembered in the community for their devotion to their family, their work and for their philanthropy.  Bill and Barbara came to Grand Rapids in 1950. Settling here, they raised 4 children. Living an active lifestyle was very important to the Schroeder’s and as a final gift to the community the Schroeders donated their property to the East Grand Rapids park system to insure that there will always be a green space for generations to enjoy. Education was also highly valued by the Schroeders.  Bill was elected to the Aquinas College Board of Trustees in May, 1987 and earned Trustee Emeritus status after completing his third term. The College is thankful for the Schroeders' dedication to the success of the school, and are honored that the Schroeder’s created this scholarship. This scholarship will be made available in the near future.

 

The David and Tamara Steil Family Scholarship

Steil Family Scholarship

David Steil graduated from Aquinas College with a degree in Business Administration in 1979. During his time at Aquinas he was a part of the Men’s Track Team. Tamara graduated from Aquinas College with a Master's in Management degree in 1985. Tamara and David met in 1990 and married a year later. David enjoys a successful career in business. Tamara's career was in education from which she retired in 2010 after 33 years of teaching, mostly high school mathematics and some physical education.

 

Their daughter Rachael graduated from Grandville High School in 2010 and is currently attending Aquinas College, carrying on family tradition.  She has distinguished herself academically by earning her place on the Dean's List in her English, Writing, and Communications studies.  Athletically, she has a strong position on both the Cross Country and Track teams where she has already

earned All-American status and set school records in both disciplines. Tamara and David's have another child, Angela, who graduated from Grandville High School in 2011 and is currently in New York pursuing her career in fashion, entertainment, and business.

 

David Steil's father, Albert Steil, graduated from AQ in 1958 with a BA in History and English and again in 1966 with a Master’s degree in History. David is the nephew of the late Honorable Glenn D. Steil, Sr., also an Aquinas College graduate, who was serving on the Board of Trustees of Aquinas when he passed away in 2010.

 

The Steil family has a long and strong history with the College and they felt it fitting to establish this family scholarship during the 125th Anniversary. The David and Tamara Steil Family 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. Once the Fund has reached the level of $30,000 the family reserves the right to further direct the scholarship by establishing more specific criteria.

 

The Terhune - Sheridan Endowed Scholarship

The Terhune - Sheridan Endowed Scholarship

Mr. John E. Terhune and Mrs. Dorothy A. Sheridan Terhune are deeply committed to Catholic education. Because of this commitment they have started the Terhune-Sheridan Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to a student at Aquinas College who is actively practicing their Catholic Faith.

 

Mrs. Dorothy A. Sheridan, a graduate of St. Patrick's Catholic School in Waukon Iowa, went on to complete her undergraduate degree at Marquette University and her graduate degree in Library Science at the University of Michigan. Her father and mother, Arthur E. and Cecilia Ann Sheridan were both strong supporters of Catholic education. 

 

Ms. Sheridan met and married Mr. John E. Terhune who attended both St. Agnes and St. Gregory Catholic schools in Detroit.  He went on to graduate from

Wayne University.  After they were married, Mr. and Mrs. Terhune moved to Grand Rapids in the early 1960's.  They have been active members of both St. Thomas the Apostle and now St. Robert of Newminster parish. 

 

Both have had long and stellar careers.  Mr. Terhune devoted 41 years to Michigan Tractor and Machinery Company and Mrs. Terhune continues her dedicated service at the Grand Rapids Community College as a reference librarian for over 45 years. 

 
The Theology for Lay Ecclesial Ministers Scholarship
The Theology for Lay Ecclesial Ministers Scholarship

Established by Fr. Melvin E. Fox, this scholarship awards partial tuition assistance to lay ecclesial ministers for theology courses at Aquinas College. They may be part-time or full-time students. Preference will be given to non-traditional students who have experience in ministry. Applications will include a personal statement of vision and intent for ministry, and references from a pastor and a non-related minister.

 

Other donors are invited to make this fund grow so that eventually it will provide more substantial support for lay ecclesial ministry.

 

When Fr. Mel Fox was ordained a priest in 1963, during the Second Vatican Council, Lay Ecclesial Ministry, as we know it now in 2013, was practically non-existent in our Church. We did have dedicated lay volunteers helping in our

parishes. Some assisted with activities in the parish schools. Some helped catechize the children attending public schools and helped their parishes in many different ways. But very few lay people were actually employed part-time, much less full-time, in ministry. Fewer yet were in established leadership positions or had theological preparation and formation for their ministry.

 

After ordination he was assigned to a large Grand Rapids parish with a school that had 720 students in grades 1 through 8. It was staffed by 4 priests, a housekeeper, 12 religious sisters and a few lay teachers, and 4 janitors. The parish had no secretary or bookkeeper, nor even volunteer collection counters. It had no budget for the religious education of children who did not attend the parish school. It relied on lay volunteers to work in religious education, with persons with disabilities, the poor, the youth group, and in other areas. This was not an unusual parish operation, and it was considered to be a successful parish.

 

In the years since then our understanding of ministry has developed and deepened greatly. We have become more aware that ministry is rooted in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Matrimony, as well as in Holy Orders. When this theology was not sufficient to bring about growth in practice, practical need did bring development. (This “practical need” is often called “priest shortage.”) So the Director of Religious Education was the first recognized lay ministerial position that this pastor noticed. Soon after that he heard about Youth Ministers and then Pastoral Ministers, who have since branched into many different areas of pastoral ministry. This pastor watched this development of lay ministry, and he tried to further it as much as he could, as he worked side by side with lay ministers on the staffs of three different parishes over 30 years. (He also learned much from them.) Now he is retired from pastoring, but he hopes to continue furthering lay ministry for the next 50 years and beyond by means of this scholarship.

 

The level at which he is able to fund this scholarship will give encouragement, but meager financial support, to theology students. Therefore, so that it can make a noticeable difference somewhere, it will be limited to lay ecclesial ministers with preference to non-traditional students.

 

He intends this fund to be a convenient gathering place for additional gifts from people who wish to promote lay ministry. If they give it substantial increase, perhaps its focus can be broadened in the years to come.

 

As the lay ministry of today is quite different from what it was 50 years ago, so it will continue to evolve with the Church’s changing needs over the next 50 years. Fr. Fox hopes that the same spirit that is behind the establishment of this scholarship in 2013 will guide how it addresses the Church’s ministerial needs in 2063, and beyond.

 
The Tierney Family Scholarship
The Tierney Family Scholarship

Tim Tierney graduated from Aquinas College in 1983 with a B.S.B.A in Business Administration and a belief in the strength of his education. Yet, in his own words “I couldn’t even visualize all that I’m doing now.”

 

Tim currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Director of Central Operations at Fifth Third Bank. Family values and a strong Catholic faith shaped Tim’s beliefs. His Dad, Joe Tierney, also an Aquinas graduate in 1952, has been fond of saying, “The word American ends in ‘I can,’” which is what Tim has worked hard to demonstrate throughout his life. In addition to his strong career, Tim has carried on the Dominican charism of service to our community by serving on numerous community Boards and committees. He has also been very involved back at the College for decades, serving on the Alumni Board, the Marketing/Communications committee, and the Aquinas Fund committee just to name a few.

Tim and his wife Gretchen, a nurse by profession, have valued the philosophy of always learning because when you stop learning you stop growing. Key to their dynamic success: a commitment to integrity, taking risks, knowing that each failure is an opportunity learn. Tim joined Fifth Third in 1996. Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, Mr. Tierney spent more than 12 years with National Bank of Detroit.

 

Tim and his wife Gretchen have been blessed with two children. He is pleased to be a part of this historic 125th anniversary family scholarship campaign to help the generations of Aquinas students.

 
The Wagenaar Family Scholarship
The Wagenaar Family

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob and Rosina Wagenaar were associated with Aquinas College for many years. They had three sons, two of whom graduated from Aquinas. All three sons were strong High School student athletes. Rick (class of 1976) participated in both basketball and track at Aquinas. He became a collegiate coach and instructor. James (class of 1983) was a Pre-med student and graduated from medical school at Michigan State. He has practiced medicine in Kentucky for many years. Douglas, deceased in 2011, was a great student, who earned his PhD from Duke University, in Nuclear Physics. He taught at University of North Carolina and Harvard, and then worked for the Siemens Corporation. The scholarship is intended to honor and financially help a deserving science major, who may participate in athletics, at Aquinas. The family is pleased to be a part of this 125th Anniversary Family Scholarship program.

The Wagenaar Family Scholarship is established to provide assistance to students in their junior or senior years who are pursuing a degree in science with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Award preference will go to a student athlete participating in Aquinas College intercollegiate athletics.
 
The Joseph A. and Kathleen M. Driza Westdorp Family Scholarship
Driza Westdorp Family

The Joseph A. and Kathleen M. Driza Westdorp Family Scholarship was created by two of their daughters, Mrs. Kate M. Davis and Mrs. Laura Rosloniec, to honor their parents, known as Joe and Kathy (Driza) Westdorp. Joe and Kathy were classmates in high school, both graduating from Catholic Central. They really got to know each other at Aquinas College (Class of 1961) and fell in love. Kate says, “My dad often told us that if my mom would have said no when he first asked her out, he wouldn’t have asked again. Obviously, we’re glad she said yes!”

 

To the greater Grand Rapids community, especially the parishioners of the Basilica of St. Adalbert, Kathy and Joe are extraordinary music ministers who served the Church with nearly 50 years of service, retiring in 2007. “She (Kathy) gave up her dream of singing opera for the Metropolitan and on Broadway. Instead, she sang in the Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids, in local productions and

alongside Joe in the church. She says she never regretted the choice. ‘When I think of it now, God gave me the best of both worlds,’ that includes ‘four beautiful daughters,’ two of whom, Kate and Laura, sing in the St. Adalbert choir.” (July 28, 2007 article by Charles Honey, Grand Rapids Press)

 

Joe was able to attend Aquinas on a full-ride scholarship. He says “I realize now how difficult the monetary sacrifices must have been for other students when I was in school. I can’t imagine the sacrifices made for students in today’s world.”

 

This scholarship was motivated by love, faith and respect for their parents. Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Rosloniec are pleased to contribute toward the perpetuation of Catholic education here at Aquinas and to celebrate the 125th anniversary by honoring the sacrifices their parents made. “What our parents did for us while we were growing up was amazing. We had a warm, loving family life and creating this scholarship is a small way to say thank you.”

 

The Joseph A. and Kathleen M. Driza Westdorp Family 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 scholarship will be fully funded in 2017 and will be made available after that time.

 

Sister Catherine Williams O.P. Music Scholarship 

Sister Catherine Williams O.P.

The Sister Catherine Williams O.P. Music Scholarship was established to honor Sister Catherine Williams, OP ’62 and her contribution to music education and liturgical music. Sister Catherine Williams is a Grand Rapids Dominican Sister and an Alumna of Aquinas College. She has spent her life enriching other people’s lives with music. As a teacher of elementary, high school and college students, she worked and continues to work at empowering all to do their best, striving for high standards of musical learning and performance.

 

Sister Catherine Williams began her tenure at Aquinas as Associate Director of Campus Ministry in charge of the liturgical life of the campus and after 9 years moved across campus, joining the music department as Associate Professor of Music. She also continues her Church ministry as Director of the Adult Choir at St. Sebastian Parish in Byron Center.  Piano is her first love but believes every

instrument is worth pursuing and she has enjoyed playing many.

 

This scholarship was started by Mrs. Marilyn Drake, a 1981 graduate of Aquinas College and Trustee Emeriti. Mrs. Drake has been an ardent music and art philanthropist serving on the Grand Rapids Art Museum Board for decades.  She has personally taken piano from Sr. Catherine for years and has witnessed the deep commitment and influence Sr. Catherine has had on her students.  During this 125th anniversary, Mrs. Drake wanted to support the music department and the quiet inspiration Sister Catherine has been. 

 

The Woodhouse Family Scholarship

Woodhouse Family

Mr. C. Arthur Woodhouse, financier, and Catholic lay leader, earned the title “Mr. Aquinas” through his many faceted services to the College.  Mr. C. Arthur Woodhouse also served as the first lay member on the Aquinas College Board of Trustees and later received an honorary doctorate of Laws from Aquinas.  He died in 1981 and yet his service to the College was so distinctive that in 2004 he was selected for the Aquinas Hall of Fame.

 

The strong connection forged through Mr. Woodhouse was continued into the next generation by his son Mr. Robert C. Woodhouse Sr. and his wife Mary Ann Woodhouse. The senior Woodhouse served ten years on the Aquinas Board of Trustees. He and Mary Ann sent three of their six children to Aquinas. The third generation includes the benefactors who are now creating this wonderful Woodhouse Family Scholarship and they are: Christine Frans, Anne Woodhouse,

John J. Woodhouse, Thomas M. Woodhouse, Charles A. Woodhouse, Raymond H. Woodhouse and Robert C. Woodhouse Jr. and then the fourth generation which includes: Jill and Colleen Woodhouse, Matt and Andrew Woodhouse, Allison Woodhouse, Robert, Christopher and Elizabeth Frans and Justine, Margaret and Peter Debelius. 

 

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 the student must be from Michigan, a foster child or the first in the family to attend college. 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. This scholarship is one more important symbol of the deep commitment the Woodhouse family has to Aquinas College during this important 125th Anniversary celebration.

 
The John Charon and Esther Wurzburg ’48 Family Scholarship
The John Charon and Esther Wurzburg ’48 Family Scholarship

This scholarship was created in honor and memory of Mrs. Esther Wurzburg ’48.

 

Mrs. Esther (Yancharas) Wurzburg was a student at Aquinas College during the late 1940’s and enjoyed attending classes at the “new campus” on Robinson Road. A long time member at Saint Thomas the Apostle, Mrs. Wurzburg felt Aquinas offered an important continuum of strong Catholic education and actively supported the College for 60 years until she passed away. She was part of the Aquinas Golden Saints and regularly attended reunions. She married Mr. Gregory Wurzburg late in life and they did not have children yet she took an active interest in the lives of her nieces and nephews. She was one to shy away from receiving recognition yet her generous spirit compelled her to quietly help many particularly Catholic education and Catholic charities. Her career was in banking and she worked for Old Kent Bank, now Fifth Third for decades.

Mrs. Wurzburg’s family is pleased to participate in the 125th Anniversary Family scholarship program by setting up this scholarship honoring her memory.

 

The John Charon and Esther Wurzburg ’48 Family 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 scholarship is fully funded and will be available for distribution in a year.

 

For more information about how to establish your own endowed scholarship at Aquinas College, contact:

Cecilia Cunningham

Director of Major Gifts
Phone: (616) 632-2816
E-mail: c.cunningham@aquinas.edu