FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Communications
July 25, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — For the second consecutive year, a Grand Rapids Community College business student has been awarded the President’s Scholarship from Davenport University.
Alexi Bettig, who received an associate degree in arts from GRCC this past spring, qualified for the scholarship by receiving first place, along with teammate Corwin Tobias, in video production at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference in May. She also took fourth place in digital media production. Ms. Bettig will start in Davenport’s general business program, but she plans to look at international business or business management. She is still considering what field might be in her future.
“I’m one of those people who enjoys everything I’m doing, so that’s going to make it hard to decide,” she said. “All this has just fallen in my lap through the BPA.”
She said the BPA national competition in Orlando, Fla., was one of two memorable trips she took as a GRCC student. She and other members of GRCC Christian Fellowship spent their spring break helping to rebuild the New Jersey Shore after Superstorm Sandy.
“There have just been so many blessings this past year,” said Ms. Bettig, who got her start in video production while at Rockford High School. “The scholarship is like a dream come true, and it is still hard to believe that my college is paid for. The support and advice I have gotten over the past years have helped me to succeed.”
“When Alexi became a student at GRCC in the fall of 2011, she brought with her an interest in marketing and a skilled craft in video production,” said GRCC chapter adviser Peg Schoenborn, assistant professor of business. “Through her continued study of business at GRCC, she has been able to craft a distinct skill in marketing media through the use of video. I look for big things to come from this inspiring and talented young lady.”
Michigan surpassed all other states represented at the BPA National Leadership Conference, and the GRCC team took home many top honors among the six Michigan colleges competing.
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.