Trendway Scholarships


Through the George and Lucile Heeringa Scholarship Program, Merit Scholarships are available for the benefit of local students in our community.  These scholarships were created by Trendway’s founding proprietors to assist with the higher education expenses of area young people.  “My parents always placed a strong emphasis on education” says Don Heeringa, Chairman of Trendway Corporation, based in Holland Michigan.  “Through these scholarships, we are able to honor their memory and the values they held dear, as well as encourage and support young men and women as they advance their knowledge.”  Scholarship applicants are reviewed and selected by the Selection Committee, which consists of High School Guidance Counselors from the six local high schools. Trendway Corporation, an office furniture manufacturer in West Michigan, is the administrator of the George and Lucile Heeringa Scholarship program.

 

All scholarships are required to submit an essay outlining topics such as: academic strengths, weaknesses, why the student is applying for the award, what field of study is being considered, and how this relates to personal and career objectives. Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of scholastic aptitude, leadership abilities, community involvement, volunteer activities and their written essay. To be eligible for consideration, all application information must be complete.

 

All applications will be available during the month of February/March.  Applications must be postmarked by March 22, 2019 to be eligible.  The Selection Committee is firmly committed to the policy that all selections are made without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, marital status, height, weight, or veteran status. A panel of outside educators makes the final award selection.  Award selections will be made by May 10.  All scholarship applicants will be notified before June 1st as to the status of their application.

 

Grants made to the program recipients are payable from the George and Lucile Heeringa’s Charitable Trust.  The recipient of the scholarship grant must supply evidence of College/University acceptance and proof of enrollment.  Additionally, proof of a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better, must be provided, between semesters, to remain eligible for the scholarship.

2019 George & Lucile Heeringa Community Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

The George and Lucile Heeringa Community Scholarship offer 7 scholarships to senior-level students in area high schools.  Two (2) scholarships are awarded to West Ottawa High School, and other area schools receive one scholarship, including:  Holland High School, Holland Christian High School, Grand Haven Senior High School, Zeeland East High School, and Zeeland West High School.  These seven scholarships are for $1,000 each to be applied toward the student’s educational costs their first year of college. All current seniors of  the schools listed above, who will be maintaining full-time uninterrupted study in a college level curriculum at an accredited college or university in the United States during the subsequent school year, are eligible to apply.  Applications are available through the Guidance Offices or on the Trendway website.

Scholarships are to be applied toward the student’s educational costs their first year of college.

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2019 George & Lucile Heeringa Kendall Design Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

The George and Lucile Heeringa Kendall Design Scholarship offers 1 scholarship to a junior or senior-level interior design student at Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The scholarship is awarded for a student in the following disciplines: 1) Interior Design or 2) Industrial Design.  This scholarship is for $1000, to be applied toward the student’s educational costs at Kendall.  Students are eligible to apply for this scholarship if they will be maintaining full-time uninterrupted study at Kendall during the subsequent school year.  Applications are available at the financial aid office of Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI.   Also required are proof of enrollment at Kendall College of Art & Design and transcripts reflecting a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.

Scholarships are to be applied toward the student’s educational costs at Kendall.

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2019 George & Lucile Heeringa Trendway Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 – $3,000

The George and Lucile Heeringa Trendway Scholarships offers $3,000 or $1,000 scholarships, the number of scholarships available is based on the number of applicants.  This scholarship is open for application to children of Trendway’s full-time employees who will be maintaining full-time uninterrupted study in college level curriculum at an accredited college or university in the United States for the subsequent school year.  Students who have not received a Trendway scholarship in the past will be given priority if their qualifications are equal to reapplying college students.  However, all employees’ children who are going to college are encouraged to apply each year.  Students who received the Trendway George and Lucile Heeringa scholarship the previous year may be eligible for a $500 award for the next academic year, if they have maintained the scholastic and personal achievement status which won them the award.  These secondary awards are based on the student’s reapplication and on the discretion of the Selection Committee

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2019 Bill Bundy Trendway Leadership Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

The Bill Bundy Leadership Scholarship offers a $1,000 scholarship to a current college freshman, sophomore or junior that are dependents of Trendway.  The award will be based on a student’s essay on leadership and final candidates will participate in a personal interview with Bill Bundy, former CEO of Trendway.  A minimum college GPA of 3.0 is required to be eligible.

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