The Johnson Center for Philanthropy is fortunate to work with over 20 students and graduate assistants each semester. The students are invaluable in the center’s work and they often excel in academic studies. Three students were recently awarded for their academic efforts and the staff is proud to highlight them here.

Aaron Kates, GIS student assistant in the Community Research Institute, was awarded the 2013 MSW Student of the Year for GVSU. He received the award at the West Michigan NASW-MI Student of the Year Award Ceremony on March 14, 2013.

Jamillya Hardley, student administrative assistant, was awarded a Positive Black Women Endowment Fund Scholarship and was recognized at the Women’s Commission Ceremony by the Positive Black Women Committee on March 12, 2013.

Heidi McPheeters, graduate assistant for the Frey Chair for Family Philanthropy, will receive the Outstanding Student Award for the Masters in Public Administration program. She will receive the award at a university dinner on April 8, 2013.


Established in 1992 with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy promotes effective philanthropy, community improvement, and excellence in nonprofit leadership through teaching, research, and service. The Johnson Center is recognized for its applied research and professional development benefiting practitioners and nonprofits through its Community Research Institute, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Foundations and Philanthropy, The Foundation Review, The Grantmaking School, Johnson Center Philanthropy Archives and Library, and Nonprofit Services

Grand Valley State University is a four-year public university. It attracts more than 24,500 students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. Grand Valley is a comprehensive university serving students from all 83 Michigan counties and dozens of other states and foreign countries. Grand Valley offers 81 undergraduate and 29 graduate degree programs from campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids and Holland, and from regional centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The university is dedicated to individual student achievement, going beyond the traditional classroom experience, with research opportunities and business partnerships. Grand Valley employs more than 1,900 people and is committed to providing a fair and equitable environment for the continued success of all.

The Johnson Center receives ongoing support from the Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation,Dyer-Ives Foundation, Frey Foundation, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

For more information, contact Robert Shalett, communications director for the Johnson Center, at 616-331-7585.

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