Adrian, MICH – A friend of Adrian College, Mrs. Betty Godard, has donated $1,000,000 to fund scholarships for students enrolled at the College.
The gift will be utilized to support funding for undergraduate students whose parents did not attend college. Awards will be given based on financial need and academic credentials. These awards will be administered through the Office of Financial Aid.
“There is no greater gift that a donor can give a young adult than the gift of a college education,” President Jeffrey R. Docking stated. “Mrs. Godard has given each of these students the gift of a better future, a better life.”
Godard said she hopes to aid students with strong academic backgrounds who also demonstrate financial need. The intent is to drive academically strong students to pursue activities at Adrian College inspiring them to stretch their intellect, imagination and creativity.
“I wanted to do something to help first generation students and carry on the tradition that my father started,” said Mrs. Godard. “My father could not afford to attend college. I know he would be pleased that kids who are financially struggling are benefiting from this support.”
Mr. Russell Dancey, was a co-founder of the “New Era Potato Chip Company” known by Michigan families in the 50’s-60’s for their chips in the familiar yellow cans. Through their innovation of creating a snack-food on the go, the homemade version soon became a household name.
While his roots were humble, Dancey shared a passion for higher education, but lacked the financial resources in his youth to pursue his education. It was his wish that young men and women could follow the dream that had eluded him through the creation of scholarship support.
Mrs. Godard acknowledges her father’s desire to impact the future and wellness of these influential young minds, and recognized the need in many of the students enrolled at Adrian College. Her continued commitment, once expressed by her father, has had a resounding influence on the future of selected students at Adrian College.
“These scholarship recipients, and future students at Adrian College, can look forward to attending an institution that places a high value on giving first generation college students an opportunity to earn a college diploma without acquiring significant debt,” Docking said.