Make An Impact at KCAD

Our founder, Helen Miller Kendall, believed wholeheartedly in the power of creativity to shape the future for the better.

So much so, that the accomplished artist, philanthropist, and wife of furniture design legend David Wolcott Kendall devoted both her own legacy and her husband's to a school where makers of all kinds could sharpen their skills, enlarge their perspective, and broaden the impact of their work. More than 90 years later, KCAD remains committed to this foundational mission, and we uphold it not alone, but in collaboration with individuals and organizations that share our passion for guiding students toward a creative practice that truly matters—to themselves and the world around them. 

As a college within Ferris State University, KCAD offers all the advantages of a conservatory college of art and design without sacrificing the larger support systems and educational value of a state university. At the same time, we understand that financial barriers remain an unavoidable reality for many in our learning community. Through the generosity of countless KCAD alumni, friends, and employees, we are proud to offer scholarship opportunities that alleviate the burden of cost and empower our students to make the most of their education.

With your help, we can continue moving toward our goal to make KCAD accessible for all by increasing the number of donor-supported scholarships available to our students. If you've been considering giving the gift of scholarship, now is the perfect time to get involved: through June of 2023, all gifts to the KCAD General Scholarship Fund will be matched dollar-per-dollar through the Ferris Futures Scholarship Challenge, doubling your support.

A Circle of Giving: Exploring the Impact of Scholarships

Hear From Recipients:

"This scholarship motivates me; it makes me want to create work that's worthwhile so I can really drive further into the field."

Kate Timmerman (BFA Interior Design)
2022 recipient, Joe Withers Scholarship

"This scholarship means more than just the financial's an opportunity to create in Katrina's honor."

Brooke Briggson (MFA Painting)
2022 recipient, Katrina L. Anderson Memorial Scholarship for Veterans

"The largest effect that a scholarship has is the relief a student feels when they know they're not going into debt."

Susie Yoder (BFA Art Education)
2022 recipient, Mathias Alten Legacy Scholarship

"It's my goal to work in my industry as much as I can while I'm at school. After I graduate I want to get a job in UX/UI." 

Luke Maksymetz (BFA Graphic Design)
2022 recipient, Jan G. Vonk Endowed Scholarship

"I'm able to use that scholarship to get supplies and further my education in areas beyond graphic design."

Sarah Schafer (BFA Graphic Design)
2022 recipient, Michelle Anne Bellavance Scholarship

"When students are awarded scholarships, it builds their confidence and inspires them to put out better work."

Katie Bork (BFA Illustration, BA Art History)
2022 recipient, Rob Jackson Extra Credit Projects Scholarship

Hear From Donors: 

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Rob Jackson Pays Professional Success Forward with Extra Credit Projects Scholarship

"We’re here to support creative education and build that community in Grand Rapids whether they stay here or not. I want them to see that there are working alumni close by, supporting the students, and showing them a creative career is possible.”

~ Rob Jackson ('89, BFA Illustration) / Principal, Extra Credit Projects

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Kindness, Creativity of KCAD Alumna Nancy Oakes-Hall Live On Through New Endowed Scholarship

"I looked at Nancy's hobbies and passions, and KCAD was a big part of it. She always wanted to be the difference that made the difference for someone, and since a lot of people can’t afford college, I thought she would have wanted to change that.”

~ Lorna Petersen / Executor, Nancy Oakes-Hall Foundation

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KCAD Introduces Custer Excellence in Design Endowed Scholarship for Interior Design Students

"It is important to Custer to support the future of design by giving back to Kendall, an organization that has given us so much in terms of great talent. It aligns with what we do professionally and helps students of interior design to fulfill their dreams.”

~ Todd Custer / CEO, Custer

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Former KCAD Board Member Dirk Hoffius Champions Creativity, Community with Endowed Scholarship

"We owe it to ourselves as a community to support young people who will help drive the world forward, both locally and globally. When students can succeed, all sorts of possibilities open up.”

~ Dirk Hoffius / former KCAD Board Member

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Beloved Graphic Design Professor's Legacy Lives on Through the Jan G. Vonk Endowed Scholarship

"Jan often shared with me his desire to do something extra for ‘his’ college. I can’t think of a better way than this scholarship, which will help our students develop their talents and realize their potential for years to come."

~ Ron Riksen / KCAD Graphic Design Professor

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Giving is Always in Fashion: KCAD Fashion Program Named in Honor of Pamella Roland Devos

“I’m honored that I can share my passion for fashion design by investing in the next generation of designers...Ultimately, we’re working together to make a difference for students, for West Michigan, and for fashion around the world.”

~ Pamella Roland DeVos / President and Designer, Pamella Roland

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KCAD President's Family Introduces The Bette Patrick and Thelma McCrackin Memorial Scholarship

"I am a Kendall alumna, I started teaching here in the early 2000s, and am now in a position where we can give back and create this scholarship in perpetuity. I’m really honored to have this platform to make change for an institution I care passionately about.”

~ Tara McCrackin / KCAD President and alumna ('97, Interior Design)

TowerPinkster designers with KCAD President Tara McCrackin and a TowerPinkster Interior Design scholarship recipient at the firm's Grand Rapids office.

KCAD Marks Ten Years of TowerPinkster Interior Design Scholarship

"TowerPinkster is strongly committed to investing in the students who live, work, and study here. Our mission is to encourage, support, and inspire the next generation of designers who will shape the future of our industry."

~ Jill Overacker / Manager of Marketing, TowerPinkster


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Kendall College of Art and Design is a part of Ferris State University. All gifts donated to KCAD are processed through the Ferris Foundation for tax acknowledgement.