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

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So much so that the accomplished artist, philanthropist, and wife of furniture design legend David Wolcott Kendall devoted her and her husband's legacy to establishing a school where students could move from creative potential to creative professional. Almost 95 years later, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) supports this charge through its forward-thinking learning experiences, developing graduates who are driven leaders prepared to design and interpret a better future for us all.

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 pursue their educational goals.

With your help, we can continue to make a KCAD education accessible by increasing the number of donor-supported scholarship dollars available to our students. If you've been considering giving, now is the perfect time to get involved: through December 2024, all gifts to the KCAD General Scholarship Fund will be matched dollar-per-dollar through The Ferris Futures Scholarship Challenge, doubling the impact of your support.


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Hear From Recipients:

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

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

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

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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 acknowledgment.