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The Ferris Foundation for Excellence

2020 Virtual Gala

Hosted by Jeff Blashill

A Foundation That Moves Us Forward

Jeff Blashill
Head Coach of Detroit Red Wings, 1998 Ferris Alumnus

Join our host, head coach of the Detroit Red Wings and 1998 Ferris alumnus, Jeff Blashill, as he introduces you to the leaders and innovations that have helped Ferris meet the challenges of 2020 and build a bright future for our University.

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Building on Success

Stephanie Leonardos
Ferris Foundation Board Member

Building a culture of philanthropy at Ferris.

Our Legacy of Excellence
A Look Back

Highlights from past Ferris Foundation Benefit speakers.

Be a part of our culture of philanthropy.

Give Now

President David Eisler

Our Commitment to Opportunity

President David Eisler provides an update on the unparalleled success of our first-ever comprehensive campaign, Now & Always. President Eisler highlights how that success has translated to new, life-changing opportunities for Ferris students and community members.

Now & Always Campaign Snapshot

Now & Always

Now More Than Ever


2020 has challenged all of us in vast and unexpected ways. Never has the unique Ferris approach to education—an education that prepares our students to adapt, to innovate in the face of uncertainty, and to take care of each other in moments of need—been more critical. Please help us continue to build a foundation that moves all Ferris students, and our world, forward.

Click the link below to support deserving students through The Ferris Foundation for Excellence Opportunity Scholarship. You also can make a gift by texting FDNBENEFIT to 41444. Your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar through the Ferris Futures Scholarship Fund.

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Makers of Momentum

Scholarship Recipients
Our Students

Scholarships funded by the Ferris Foundation have the power to transform lives. Hear from recipients about the impact these scholarships have made.

Dr. Eric Nybo
Merit Grant Recipient

The work of this associate professor of Pharmacy demonstrates the power imagination and philanthropy to help faculty and staff achieve extraordinary things.

Keep our community moving forward.

Contribute Now

Closing Thoughts:
Opportunity & Industry

Kurt Hofman
Chair of the Ferris Foundation Board of Directors

Closing thoughts from Kurt Hofman, Chair of the Ferris Foundation and Board of Trustees member.

Make your move. Accelerate opportunities on our campus.

Donate to the Now & Always Campaign

Our Sponsors

Thank you to all of our sponsors for supporting the 2020 Virtual Gala.

John and Mary Garvelink
Neumann Smith
RoMan Mfg
Consortium Networks

Peak Positions SEO

Spectrum Health
Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals

Warner Norcross + Judd

Adel Makki
Andrews Hooper Pavlik, LLC
Clark Communications
The Family of W.D. Cramer/Emily Cramer Hancock
Paul and Celeste Doyle
Dave and Patsy Eisler
Doster Law
Ellwood and Associates
Megan Eppley
Fifth Third Bank
Granger Construction
HNI Risk Services
Howard Stross
H.T. Hackney Company

Hubbel, Roth & Clark, Incorporated
Kennari Consulting
Dr. and Mrs. Karl and Cindy Linebaugh
Matsch Systems
Mercantile Bank
Mercy Health Saint Mary's
Jeremy and Angie Mishler
Dr. and Mrs. Greg and Nancy Patera
Rockford Construction
Jeff and Annette Rowe
JK Elder and Associates
Stafford-Smith, Inc
Vector's Incorporated