GRCC Names Ford Fieldhouse Entryway the Paganelli Family Foyer



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College dedicated the foyer of its Ford Fieldhouse on Oct. 16 to name the space the Paganelli Family Foyer.

The Paganelli family’s relationship with the college is steeped in history, with three generations attending GRCC before going on to successful careers. As longtime champions of GRCC, the Paganelli family wished to instill their legacy further, while at the same time provide educational opportunities for future generations of students.

They created the Paganelli Family Scholarship. Setting up a $50,000 endowed scholarship, the family annually awards a $1,000 scholarship to one GRCC student, with preference given to student-athletes. To date, five students have benefited from the scholarship.

“It is wonderful to see the lasting impact Grand Rapids Community College has in our community,” GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender said. “We are pleased to have alumni such as the Paganelli family who help ensure the college continues to have a positive impact on the lives of West Michigan residents.”

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.