GRCC Police Academy Memorial Fund

GRCC Police Academy saluting

VISION: To raise funds to create and display a memorial on the GRCC campus, in hopes of honoring our graduates that have made the ultimate sacrifice, while at the same time instilling in our current recruits a sense of Duty, Honor and Pride.

Giving Options

There are many ways to make a financial gift to Grand Rapids Community College depending on your personal situation.  Whether it’s a cash donation or the transfer of other assets, your gift to GRCC costs less than you think. The Federal tax savings reduce the cost of your gift. If you are a Michigan resident, the savings are even greater.  Please consult your tax advisor regarding your specific situation.


A cash gift is the most popular way to give because of its simplicity.  Cash contributions

can be a one-time gift, or pledged over a period of time to meet the minimum requirements to establish an endowed fund to carry-on the name of a loved one into perpetuity.

Appreciated Property

Giving stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or real estate will provide greater tax benefits than a cash gift of equivalent value, especially if they have a low cost basis. First you’ll receive a charitable deduction for the full market value. Then, by giving to the Foundation, you avoid capital gains tax — money you would have to pay if you liquidated the property.

Life Insurance

Giving a life insurance policy is an inexpensive way to make a substantial contribution to Grand Rapids Community College.  Many people find in later years that they don’t need all the insurance they did when they were younger.  You may name The Foundation as sole beneficiary and transfer ownership. Once you do that, you are immediately eligible for a charitable tax deduction on the computed current value of your paid-up policy.

Charitable Bequests Made in Wills or Trusts

The majority of planned gifts received are a result of charitable bequests. Such gifts enable you to make significant contributions that may not have been possible during your lifetime. The most obvious advantage to remembering The Foundation in your will is that you reduce estate taxes while still supporting GRCC.

Planned Gifts

A planned gift is a gift made or promised from the donor's assets (typically appreciated assets) or estate. Contact your financial advisor for information regarding planned giving, or contact the Foundation staff.

Matching Gifts

When you are ready to make a gift to GRCC, request a matching gift form from your company's human resources office. Send that form along with your gift to GRCC.  We’ll process the matching gift form to enhance your contribution.

Also, If you would like to donate to the GRCC Police Academy Memorial Fund, please visit the GRCC Foundation page. While going through the donation form, please be sure to select the appropriate scholarship fund — GRCC Police Academy Memorial Fund.



Officer Bruce Van Popering - East Grand Rapids Public Safety

EOW – July 17, 1994

GRCC Police Academy Class of 1985

Officer Van Popering died from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle while directing traffic after 4th of July celebrations. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter. He served the East Grand Rapids Department of Public Safety for 27 years.

Officer Robert Kozminski – Grand Rapids Police Department

EOW – July 8, 2007

GRCC Police Academy Class of 1999

Officer Bobby Kozminski was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance at a home on the cities North East side.
Officer Kozminski responded to a call of a man with a gun threatening to shoot others at the location. Unknown to Officer Kozminski, the suspect was lying in wait in the garage at the rear of the residence. From that location, the suspect ambushed Officer Kozminski, shooting him in the head with a shotgun round through the glass of the closed garage door.  The suspect was later taken into custody.  Officer Kozminski had served with the Grand Rapids Police Department for 7 years. He is survived by a daughter, parents, and six siblings.

Officer Eric Zapata – Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety

EOW – April 18, 2011

GRCC Police Academy Class of 1999

Officer Eric Zapata was shot and killed after responding to reports of shots fired call.  Another officer had also responded to the call and approached a man standing on a porch. As the officer asked the man if he had heard any shots, the man suddenly pulled out a gun and exchanged shots with the officer.  The subject then ran in between two houses where he confronted Officer Zapata. More shots were exchanged and Officer Zapata was struck in the head and chest. The man then committed suicide.