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Memorial Scholarship Honors Ferris Legacy Alumna Erin Groeb's Passion for People

Erin Groeb

The most important thing about Erin was that, “it was always about you, it was never about her," reflects Ernie Groeb, Ferris grad and father of Erin Groeb, inspiration for the Erin Groeb Memorial Scholarship Endowment.   

Learn more about Erin and her scholarship legacy HERE...







Promesa Scholar Valeria Gonzales and Executive Director of the Center for Latin@ Studies Kaylee Burke pose for a photo at the 2021 Growing Opportunity event.


Growing Opportunity 2021 Raises Funds for the West Michigan Opportunity Scholarship

The Ferris State University Grand Rapids Council held its fourth annual Growing Opportunity celebration Tuesday, May 11 at the Fulton Street Farmers Market, located in Grand Rapids.

FSU Construction Management Students


 Home Builders Association Foundation of Greater Grand Rapids Scholarship Endowment

 “By supporting and recruiting students into these fields, this scholarship can help employers meet the demand in the industry,” says current HBA president and chairperson Dale Hamill, of Lake Michigan Credit Union.



Foundation Board Member Nawrocki Makes an Impact With Endowed Scholarships

“When I would talk to people donating to charities, donating to their former universities. I would then use the statement, ‘Donate enough money where it makes you uncomfortable.’ I think that’s the key.”  

More about Nawrocki's scholarships HERE.

Dick Shaw


Foundation Board Member Dick Shaw Dedicated to the Philosophy of Ferris State University

Former Ferris State University student and professor, Dick Shaw has shown great dedication to giving back to the university, its students, and his country. Serving on the Board of Directors for The Ferris Foundation is a natural progression of his passion for service.


William -Bill- Scott Roh


William "Bill" Scott Roh Scholarship Endowment Established at Ferris State University

A scholarship endowment for Ferris State University Construction Management students has been established in the memory of William “Bill” Scott Roh, a long time construction superintendent in the Grand Rapids area. More about the Roh Scholarship HERE....

kevin Cross

Kevin Cross Remains Connected to Ferris State University Through Board Service

A leader during his time as a student at Ferris State University, Kevin Cross, has continued to have an impact on students at the university as an alumnus and member of The Ferris Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Fran Rosen

FLITE Librarian Fran Rosen Motivated to Help Student With Urgent Needs Due to COVID-19

When the announcement was made that students would not be returning to campus for the remainder of the spring ’20 semester, FLITE Librarian Fran Rosen knew that she wanted to find a way to help students in need. Fran then made an incredible financial gift to help create the Student Hardship Fund. 

MORE about Fran Rosen's generous gift here...


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Student Impact Stories


More than 1000 students have already benefited from the STUDENT HARDSHIP FUND, for assistance with food and housing insecurity, travel expenses, technology for remote classes, and more. Read their stories here. 

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Woiderskis Inspire Others to Act With Creation of Two Endowed Scholarships

Travis and Jacquelyn Woiderski are strategic thinkers and not afraid to seize a moment of opportunity. The couple knew early on they wanted to help others, and with the creation of two endowed funds to benefit both the Welding and Pharmacy Programs at Ferris State University, they hope to encourage others.

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Arlen Gaddy

Gaddy Supports Foundation's Mission to Support FSU

Arlen-Dean Gaddy began his journey as a director on The Ferris Foundation’s Board of Directors this past January. Director of Market Strategy for Erhardt Construction in Grand Rapids, Gaddy loves many aspects of Ferris State University and is proud to serve on the board. 

MORE about Arlen-Dean Gaddy here..



Levinthal Photos from Jim Crow Museum


Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia Receives $2 Million Artwork Donation

The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University has received a powerful collection of artwork by noted photographer David Levinthal valued at more than $2 million. 

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Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman

Ferris Receives $5 Million Gift from The Hagermans

Ferris State University is pleased to announce a $5 million gift from Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman and the Hagerman Foundation, to the university’s College of Pharmacy. This Gift represents the largest outright gift ever made to Ferris.

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Friese-Hadley Scholarship Planned Gift Fund Honors a Legacy of Kindness and Compassion

In his planned giving, Earl named the Friese-Hadley Scholarship Fund after the two nurses who contributed to Earl’s true wealth with their kindness and compassion.

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Tony Ferguson

Ferguson Endowment to Benefit Welding Engineering Technology Students

Ferris State University students enrolled in the College of Engineering Technology’s Welding Engineering Technology program will benefit from a newly-established scholarship endowment which was created through the generosity of the friends and family of Thomas Eugene “Tony” Ferguson.

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Eislers Create $700,000 Endowment to Support Foster Youth at Ferris

To memorialize her adoptive parents, the late Norris and Irene Johnson of South Haven, the Eislers have established a $350,000 scholarship endowment in their honor.  This support will help orphans and foster care youth have the opportunity of a Ferris education and earn their Ferris degree.

 More about the Eisler endowment....

Dee CramerDee Cramer, Inc. Gift Establishes New Scholarship Endowment at Ferris

Ferris State University students enrolled in the College of Engineering Technology’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program will benefit from a newly-established scholarship endowment which was created through the generosity of Dee Cramer, Inc.

 More about the Dee Cramer endowment....

Imani Meeks

Impact: Imani Meeks '18: Mickey Shapiro Opportunity Endowed Scholarship Recipient

"Words can't express my gratitude for being selected as a recipient of the scholarship." 

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Imani Meeks

Mickey Shapiro Opportunity Endowed Scholarship 

"There aren't too many places that give people a chance. Ferris State University is one of those places."

 More about The Mickey Shapiro Opportunity Endowed Scholarship...