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Ferris Foundation Updates

New Scholarships Established

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Lenora L. Boyer Endowed Scholarship

The Lenora L. Boyer Endowed Scholarship is a tangible tribute, as a 1971 College of Business graduate sought to honor her aunt, who passed in Nov. 2021. The scholarship will support students in the Nursing program, with a preference given to students from Mecosta and Osceola Counties. Lenora spent much of her life in the Osceola and Mecosta County area, and as a single mother, built a successful real estate business. Lenora eventually returned to college where she earned her nursing degree and spent the remainder of her career as a nurse sharing her compassion and care for others. When reflecting on her aunt’s life, the donor believes her Aunt Lenora would have the following message for students: “The people you touch in your work may not remember your name, but they will remember how you made them feel.”

Bret and Laura Hendrie Endowed Scholarship

Ferris alumni Bret and Laura Hendrie recently established a $250,000 planned gift to establish the Bret and Laura Hendrie Endowed Scholarship. Bret graduated in 1982 with his Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Leadership and Management, and Laura graduated in 1980 with her Business Office Assistant Certificate. Bret and Laura are from Whitehall, Michigan, and eventually made their home in the Niles-Buchanan area. The Hendries both have had long, rewarding careers, with YMCA work for Bret and accounting for Laura, that have provided them with the time and resources to give back to their community. They wish to also help deserving students in need at Ferris achieve their own dreams.

Peer Educator Program

An anonymous gift will provide base funding for the development of a Peer Educator Program within the Personal Counseling Center to support students’ mental health and well-being and suicide prevention.

Michael N. Warren Endowed Scholarship

Michael Warren has established the Michael N. Warren Endowed Scholarship to support students in the College of Business and the College of Arts, Sciences and Education with preference given to students from Antrim, Hillsdale or Kalkaska Counties. Warren is a 1967 graduate of the College of Business who also was captain of Ferris’ Football Team. Michael was a member of the Ferris chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, where he has maintained life-long friendships with his fellow alumni brothers. Warren’s message to students is: “Be yourself. Be a better person today than you were yesterday and be a better person tomorrow than you were today. The world is in front of you, take advantage of the opportunity you have in getting a good education. Be involved at school, the community and social organizations as they will provide you support when you need it. Your academics and your participation will award you with a well-rounded education and life-long friends.”