Meet Our Donors

Building Bright Futures for Ferris Students

John and Mary Garvelink

Mary and John Garvelink consider themselves to be some of the happiest people on earth. 50 years ago, in June (the Seventeenth of June at 3 in the afternoon, Mary recalls) they met on the campus of Ferris State. Right after class, Mary returned to her dorm and told her roommate, "I'm either going to marry John or his twin brother." Fortunately for John, he does not have a twin brother. 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