Culinary student wins GRCC’s Arthur Andrews Award

April 14, 2017 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts student received Grand Rapids Community College’s Arthur Andrews Award during an April 13 reception honoring members of Delta Pi Alpha.

Tammy Vander Werf received this year's award, which goes to the Delta Pi Alpha student with the highest cumulative GPA and the greatest number of honor points. This spring, she will receive a culinary arts degree with an emphasis in baking and pastry arts. 

Vander Werf is a leader among her peers said Secchia Institute for Culinary Education assistant professor Dan Gendler. "Tammy is a great student -- intelligent, deep-thinking and collaborative," he said.

The Arthur Andrews Award is given in memory of Grand Rapids Junior College's second president. 

"This award recognizes our students' commitment to academic excellence and is a fitting tribute to Arthur Andrews, who dedicated his career to the college's educational integrity and growth," said Tina Hoxie, associate provost and dean of Student Affairs.

While the Andrews Award recognizes the student with the highest GPA, being a member of Delta Pi Alpha is itself an honor. That recognition goes only to students with excellent academic achievements from the top 5 percent of the graduating class. Recently, 92 students were inducted into Delta Pi Alpha.

Vander Werf was among 13 students who were honored during the ceremony for achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA. The other students are:

  • Alexander Antonakis.
  • Bethany Austhof.
  • Lilliana Duyck.
  • Alissa Echabarria.
  • Maria Frey.
  • Elizabeth Gaunt.
  • Jenna Kamphuis.
  • Anna Leestma.
  • Mary Mahtani.
  • Andrea Ondras.
  • Olivia Vanderstel.
  • Kristen Yeh.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.