Meet Our Donors

Investing in Ferris Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Bob Creswell

Bob Creswell has been an advocate for Ferris State University for more than 50 years, from generously providing a partnership with his manufacturing company to giving his financial support. Read More

Retired Deans Support the Leaders of Tomorrow

Nancy Peterson-Klein and Matt Klein

Discover how former Ferris deans Nancy Peterson-Klein and Matt Klein continue to impact lives at the university, while also honoring Nancy's parents. Read More

Every Reason to Give

John Fenn

John Fenn is neither a Ferris alumnus nor a typical Ferris donor. His reasons for giving are many, and all are powerful. Read More

Ensuring Student Athletes Are Well Equipped

Bob and Carla Miller

Longtime Ferris hockey fans and supporters Bob and Carla Miller funded an endowment to help further support the team and pay tribute to Carla’s father. Read More

Helping the Next Generation of Fix-It Folks

Phillip Lapekas

Even as a young boy, Phillip J. Lapekas (T ’63) was always drawn to anything mechanical. Whether it was taking things apart or putting them back together, learning how they worked always drew his attention immediately. Read More

Setting an Example of Financial Responsibility

Nicole and Carl Pearson

For Nicole and Carl Pearson, graduates of the College of Pharmacy, financial responsibility and estate planning have driven their passion for giving at a relatively young age. Read More

Opportunity and Education: The Essentials

Dale and Ellen DeHaan

Alumnus Dale DeHaan and his wife, Ellen, believe education enriches lives. That’s why they are determined to help lessen the burden of debt for Ferris students. Read More

Investing in Student Success

Dr. Douglas Call

As a first-generation college student who worked four jobs his senior year at Ferris, Dr. Douglas Call has been helping lighten the load for other students for nearly two decades, and will continue to do so through a gift from his estate. Read More

Building Bright Futures for Ferris Students

John and Mary Garvelink

See how John and Mary Garvelink, some of the happiest people on Earth, are paying it forward to support Ferris students. Read More

Alumna's Gift Allows Ferris Students to Thrive

Teresa Cook

See what inspired Dr. Teresa Cook to create an endowment to benefit accounting students at Ferris State University. Read More

Alumnus Gives Back for Future Nurses

Myrtle Friese and Mercedes Hadley

Earl Friese remembers the day he arrived at Ferris and the impact it had on his life. In addition to creating a scholarship for the School of Nursing that honors two special people in his life who were nurses, he hopes his legacy gift will inspire others to pay it forward in the future. Read More

Providing Opportunities and Celebrating Friendships

Bob Byrnes

While at Ferris State University, Bob Byrnes and his class formed lifetime friendships. In honor of their 50th anniversary, the Pharmacy Class of 1967 is providing opportunities for future students. Read More

Changing Lives at Ferris

William P. Maher

William P. Maher R.Ph., D.D.S., M.S., graduated from Ferris State University's College of Pharmacy in 1976. He went on to earn a degree in dentistry and practiced in both fields for 19 years. A sitting professional on the Board of Dentistry and a Diplomate on the American Board of Endodontics, he is also certified by the American Board of Dentistry. Read More

Words to Live By

"Do what you can do." Those are Steven Harvey's wise words. After 30 years of giving, Steven and Tami Harvey did what they could do for Ferris State University: a $150,000 life insurance policy. The generous planned gift is a token of the couple's love for Ferris. Read More