T.J. Maciak, senior programmer in the Community Research Institute at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, recently established a scholarship to encourage and assist undergraduate students who are waiting for or have received a lifesaving transplant that will allow them to continue pursuing a degree at Grand Valley.
Maciak established the endowed scholarship out of gratitude for receiving a lifesaving kidney transplant while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Grand Valley. After receiving his second transplant in 1996, he participated in the national and international transplant games. With his help, a new organization, the Transplant Games of America, was created and the games were held at GVSU in the summer of 2012.
Scholarship recipients will be chosen by the T.J. Maciak Give Life Scholarship Committee which will include representatives from the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Disability Support and Resources, and the College of Community and Public Service.
T.J. adds, “If you wish to help out in this cause, you can give by going to the GVSU website.”
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.
For more information, contact Robert Shalett, communications director for the Johnson Center, at 616-331-7585.