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Shaw leads by example with creation of scholarship endowment

BIG RAPIDS - Dick Shaw of Hesperia wanted to do more than give back to the university where he not only graduated from, but taught as well. He wanted to lead by example, inspiring others to provide students educational opportunities through funding need-based scholarships.

When Shaw learned that more than 83 percent of Ferris students qualify for financial aid, surpassing the 63 percent national average, he decided it was time to create the Richard L. Shaw Scholarship Endowment Fund at Ferris State University. The fund supports students enrolled in the University's College of Technology with preference given to students who are graduates of Hesperia High school.

With state funding on the decline and rising tuition costs, Shaw understands how important financial aid can be for a student.

"You can't put enough emphasis on the necessity of need-based scholarships," Shaw said. "I hope that in leading by example, I can attract others interested in giving back."

Shaw, who earned an Associate of Arts degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, and a Bachelor of Science in Technical Education from Ferris, said it is the educational opportunities Ferris provided that helped him develop a successful career.

"I think it is important to give back," he said. "The pinnacle of my career was working with young people, and developing a scholarship to help future students is how not only I, but others, can give back."

Added Tom Oldfield, College of Technology dean, "Through the generosity and support of Dick and others like him, students will have the financial assistance to help them earn a degree from Ferris State University and go on to become successful men and women in their careers."

For more information or to make a gift to the Richard L. Shaw Scholarship Endowment Fund, please contact the Ferris Foundation at (231) 591-2365 or Details about establishing scholarships or endowments may be obtained from the Advancement Office at (231) 591-3825.