A $12,000 gift by Michigan Office Solutions to three of Ferris State University’s
academic colleges will fund multiple scholarships for full- or part-time students.
The Grand Rapids-based company will provide $2,000 in scholarship funds annually for two years to the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Engineering Technology.
Applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average and may be part- or full-time students in any of the three colleges’ programs. The eligibility of part-time students for the scholarship will allow working students the opportunity to compete for financial assistance to offset tuition, fee, room and board, or other education-related expenses.
University officials have noted greater numbers of part-time students enrolling over the last two years, with some students choosing to attend on a part-time basis to accommodate their work schedules. The MOS scholarships will be available to them.
Social responsibility is nothing new to MOS. Among its other charitable endeavors, the organization sponsors the phones for a radio telethon to benefit the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation, raising $274,000 in 2009 and $245,000 in 2010. MOS also has made a significant commitment to encouraging environmentally friendly business documentation, from recycling business machine components to helping clients implement document scanners and other sustainable solutions.
“Michigan Office Solutions has always been involved in giving back,” explained MOS Vice President of Sales Bill Orr, who coordinated the donation. “Our creation of these scholarships will help some deserving students gain an education despite current economic challenges.”
The scholarships build on the company’s ongoing support of students in the form of professional opportunities after graduation. Ferris State also is among the Michigan higher education institutions from which MOS recruits sales and technical staff, explained Orr, a graduate of the university’s College of Business.
“I came out of the Marketing Sales program with a great experience. The education I received at Ferris prepared me to succeed in the fields of business and sales,” said Orr, who began his career with MOS only two months after graduating from Ferris in 1980.
The gift adds another dimension to Ferris State’s wide variety of scholarships and financial support for students. According to the Financial Aid office, approximately 81 percent of Ferris students receive some form of financial assistance. In the 2009-10 academic year, the university awarded students 8,967 scholarships valued at over $16.1 million.