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Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area Celebrates 2017 Scholarship Recipients and Donors

The Community Foundation hosted its annual meet and greet for 2017 scholarship recipients and donors on June 8. Area students were awarded scholarships in varying amounts from 94 different scholarship funds, for a total investment of over $600,000.

The Community Foundation hosts annual meet and greet for 2017 scholarship recipients and donors on June 8

After a detailed application review process, area students were awarded scholarships in varying amounts from 94 different scholarship funds, for a total investment of over $600,000.

Students and their families came to the Yacht Basin Marina to meet the generous donors who made it possible for the students to receive these scholarships.

Mike Goorhouse, Community Foundation President and CEO, congratulated the scholars who he hopes will become future leaders in our community. “We’re honored to partner with your scholarship donors to support your educational journey,” he said.

Stacy Timmerman, Director of Scholarships, thanked the donors for their “continued support of the inspiring and deserving students.” She also addressed the students about the scholarship process.  Stacy has spent many hours over the last few months reading through applications and meeting with review committees to determine recipients. “Students, please know that in our extremely competitive scholarship process, you were selected as the right person for your scholarship. We couldn’t be happier for you!” Stacy told them.

Jim Bishop from West Michigan Community Bank, who sponsored the event, shared his story on the many reasons he supports the Community Foundation. He spoke about how he received community foundation scholarships as a student and how that generosity changed his life for the better. It later inspired him to contribute financially and to get involved in board service at the community foundation as an adult. He encouraged each of the students to pay it forward to the next generation with time, talent, and/or treasure whenever they’re able.

The event also featured a student panel where four college students spoke about life in college and how different it can be from high school, some difficulties that come with college, and advice for incoming college freshman.

Stephanie Arndt from Hope College talked about how difficult it was for her to change her major and that she had to overcome her fear of claiming an English major, but it was” the most rewarding thing” she has ever done.

On advice for the scholarship recipients, student Kiannah Vandenberg from Grand Valley State University reminded the student scholars not to be upset or quit if they get a B or C on an assignment or in a course for the first time, as college classes can be very challenging and difficult even for the best students. She also talks about the opportunities of college internships which can give students college credit and experience doing something that they love.

After the panel, the reception lasted another hour with students and donors talking over cupcakes and lemonade and getting pictures taken together.

The Community Foundation is so happy to host this event that allows the students to meet and talk with their scholarship donors. We are so thankful to all of the donors for making such a big impact in the lives of these students. We congratulate these exemplary 2017 scholarship recipients and wish them every success in higher education and beyond.

 To learn more about CFHZ scholarships, contact Stacy Timmerman at stimmerman@cfhz.org or at 616-396-6590.

written by Communications and Events intern Kiannah Vandenberg 6/17



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