Cathy Geerlings Indomitable Spirit Scholarship
General Information and Instructions
Goal: To continue Cathy Geerlings’ legacy of helping others cultivate their extraordinary abilities by financially assisting hourly workers from the greater Holland/Zeeland area who are employed in manufacturing, skilled trades, semi-skilled trades or other production-related areas as they pursue post-secondary education.
Background: Cathy found great joy in her Human Resources career with Zeeland-based Herman Miller where she was employed for 27 years. The “Cathy Geerlings’ ‘Indomitable Spirit’ Scholarship Fund” was established by her colleagues in 2015 as a way to keep alive the work and spirit of this remarkable woman who had a passion for helping others see and develop their unique potential. Her many friends admired Cathy for her work ethic, courage, creativity, problem-solving, perseverance, tenacity, determination, no-nonsense approach, willfulness and ‘can do’ spirit. Cathy was committed to living life in a purposeful way, undeterred by the significant challenges she faced.
Scholarship Award: The fund will award the selected recipient a one-time scholarship.
Eligibility Criteria: In order to be eligible for this scholarship, an applicant must be:
1. A currently employed hourly (non-supervisory) worker, employed 20 or more hours per week, in manufacturing, skilled trades, semi-skilled trades or other production-related areas with a greater Holland/Zeeland area company including temporary staffing agencies.
2. Enrolled or enrolling in an accredited program at any post-secondary institution.
Selection Criteria: Recipients of this scholarship will be selected based on the following considerations:
1. Work ethic, demonstration of personal accountability and ownership, and consistently strong performance as evidenced in two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a recent supervisor.
2. A personal commitment to growth and development and demonstration of an ‘indomitable spirit’, as evidenced in an applicant’s response to an essay question.
3. Preference will be given to applicants interested in studying areas related to the furniture manufacturing industry, including such areas as Business, Engineering, Design, Human Resources, Finance, Marketing, Manufacturing Operations, Skilled Trades, etc.
1. Read this application carefully.
2. Items followed by a red asterisk must be completed in order to submit your application.
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4. Individuals providing letters of recommendation should e-mail them direcly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of recommendation are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 1. If you want to make sure letters were submitted on your behalf, please follow up with the people you asked directly.
5. The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area administers the annual scholarship process. E-mail email@example.com if you have questions as you complete your application.
6. Applications are due at 5:00 p.m. on March 1.