Sharing Our Stories: Donors

Vernis Schad

Vernis Schad: Donor Spotlight

An advocate for women and students, Schad served for 12 years on the GRPS Board of Education and helped oversee Grand Rapids Junior College before it became the Grand Rapids Community College we know today.

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Ovell Barbee

Ovell Barbee: Donor Spotlight

From senior class president at Creston High to a nationally recognized top 50 executive under 50, Barbee never forgot the support he received from the Ta-Wa-Si Athletic Association that launched his academic career at GRCC, and is paying it forward today.

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Terri Mulligan

Terri Handlin-Mulligan: Donor Spotlight

After getting her start as a student at Grand Rapids Junior College, former Trustee Handlin-Mulligan is dedicated to ensuring others have the opportunity to get their start at GRCC.

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Leaving a Legacy: Donor stories from our community

Gertrude G. Croom

Gertrude G. Croom

Gertrude G. Croom Excellence in Education Scholarship

“My teaching experiences at GRCC showed me the faces of many students who did not qualify for the traditional scholarships offered. They either did not have a high enough high school GPA or they were not connected to organizations which offered scholarships based on parental or family connections. That needed to change. My small contribution says, ‘I get it.’”

Joan B. Buchanan

Joan B. Buchanan

Helen Beuker and Barb LaBelle Scholarship Donor

“GRCC has risen to the times. It has offered classes geared to trades and majors like culinary and medical assistant. I know how scholarship recipients appreciate the money received. I’m happy to help support that.”