The East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation is pleased to administer three scholarships that provide financial support to teachers, administrators, and/or staff who wish to pursue personal educational and other learning opportunities that will benefit our schools. Each scholarship is designed to enhance the quality of education within our school district by promoting the professional and educational growth of those who work directly for the benefit of our students. The three scholarships are:
William O. VandenBerg, M.D. Scholarship: This scholarship was established in 1996 by the VandenBerg family to honor the work and philosophy of Dr. Vandenberg in encouraging continued education and renewal for our educators. Dr. VandenBerg was a life-long resident of East Grand Rapids, attended East schools, and served on the Board of Education for six years, with three of those as Board President. This scholarship is given annually (up to $4,000) to one or more full-time staff teachers in the district to attend a class, seminar, workshop, or unique learning opportunity that will directly enhance the quality of teaching in that person's current specific academic area.
Dr. Sara Magaña Shubel Lifelong Learning Scholarship: This scholarship honors the work and philosophy of Dr. Shubel, EGRPS Superintendent from 2005 to 2018, in encouraging lifelong learning for all teachers, administrators, and staff in our schools. This scholarship, up to $1,000 or more depending on fund availability, is awarded annually to one or more staff members to participate in a class, seminar, workshop, or other learning opportunity that promotes Dr. Shubel's vision of lifelong learning for the employees of EGRPS.
Superintendent's Mini-Grants: Each year the Foundation designates an annual sum of $2,000 to be awarded in amounts of $100-$500 to teachers for the purpose of paying tuition and fees for course work that enhances the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom. The Superintendent will evaluate and approve all requests.
Teachers, administrators, and staff who are interested in applying for one or more of these scholarships should complete the application that follows and submit it on or before May 5. The Foundation will then determine which scholarship or scholarships best fit the request, and will follow-up accordingly. Recipients of the VandenBerg and Shubel Scholarships will be recognized at the EGRPS Opening Staff Meeting in August during the Foundation's award ceremony.