Catherine Reinink and Henry Bengelink Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Mr. Harv and Mrs. Gail Reinink of Grand Rapids, Michigan, in honor of Harv’s mother Catherine Reinink, and Professor Henry Bengelink. Catherine’s formal education ended in the fourth grade due to a tragic house fire that killed her mother. Being the oldest child in her household, Catherine was called upon to stay home and help raise the family at the tender age of 10. Henry Bengelink was a professor of biology for more than thirty years. He is fondly remembered for his knowledge and creative teaching techniques that inspired students like Harv who went on to teach elementary school for over 35 years.

Basic criteria:

  • entering junior or senior year
  • cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • majoring in education
  • financial need is considered

Renewal criteria: This scholarship is automatically renewable for one additional year if the scholarship criteria continues to be met. Renewal is subject to funding availability.

Mr. Harv and Mrs. Gail Reinink