John C. Heerspink Memorial Scholarship

In keeping with the philanthropic and service example set by his parents, much of John Heerspink’s career and volunteerism were directed to non-profit agencies, including many years in planned giving leadership in West Michigan and beyond. With this scholarship, the family of John Heerspink acknowledges a student who has a heart for service and feels a calling to a career in a 501c3 organization, an NGO, or who has a goal of graduate education in non-profit administration or philanthropy studies.

Basic criteria:

  • entering junior or senior year
  • cumulative GPA of 2.80 or higher
  • majors could include but are not limited to business, social work, global development studies or political science with a concentration in policy studies and civic leadership
  • demonstrate a vested interest in non-profit or philanthropic leadership
  • demonstrate a spirit of service through volunteering in school, church or community
  • financial need is not required

Renewal criteria: This scholarship is automatically renewable if the student continues to be interested in the non-profit or philanthropic leadership described above and meets the other scholarship criteria. Renewal is subject to funding availability.

John C. Heerspink Family
Business, Global Development Studies, Political Science, Sociology and Social Work
Supplemental Questions
  1. The Heerspink Scholarship is for students who are passionate about working for a non-profit or an NGO. Please describe your interest in working for a non-profit, and what role you would hope to fill.