June 29, 2016
LIVONIA, Mich. – The Livonia Goodfellows – known for ensuring “No child without a Christmas” –brought Christmas to Madonna University in the form of a $180,000 check to establish an endowed scholarship fund for students transferring to Madonna from a community college in Southeastern Michigan.
According to Livonia Goodfellows President Jodee Hall, the organization was fortunate to recently receive two separate beneficiary distributions from the Norma Gerndt and Richard Smith estates. “The Livonia Goodfellows Endowed Scholarship was created using only these estate monies,” she said. She went on to reinforce how ongoing donations from the community enable the Goodfellows to help less fortunate children in Livonia, by assuring that “No child without a Christmas” is fully funded each year. “We must continue to receive these important donations to meet our regular needs,” she said.
Hall explained who the scholarships were meant to help, “The scholarships will assist Livonia residents in achieving a baccalaureate degree at Madonna University, by minimizing the amount of student loans they need to complete their degree,” Hall said. “We are proud to partner with Madonna University, a great Livonia institution, to provide this scholarship opportunity to transfer students.”
The Goodfellows Endowed Scholarship funds will be distributed annually to students who are transferring to Madonna as juniors with an associate degree or at least 60 credits. Recipients must have resided in Livonia for at least one year prior to transferring to Madonna.
“This is a great opportunity for Madonna University to serve local students who have excelled at a community college and want to continue their studies at Madonna,” said Cam Cruickshank, Ph.D., executive vice president for enrollment management and university advancement at Madonna. “We are extremely grateful for this partnership with the Goodfellows and we look forward to awarding the scholarships to deserving students.”
A representative from the Livonia Goodfellows will serve with two Madonna financial aid staff members to select the scholarship recipient.
The scholarship is applied to Fall and Winter semesters only and can be renewed for up to four semesters, as long as the student maintains a 2.8 GPA and full-time student status (12 credit hours per semester.) Transfer students need not complete a separate scholarship application, but rather apply for admission to Madonna and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Inquiries can be made through Madonna’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 734-432-5339, or firstname.lastname@example.org.