Now & Always / The Campaign for Ferris State University

Impact Stories

The priorities of Now & Always: The Campaign for Ferris State University are certainly important. What is even more important, however, are the people: the students, faculty, staff, community members and donors who are touched by this effort.

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Mickey Shapiro

Mickey Shapiro Opportunity Scholarship donor

"There aren't too many places that give people a chance. Ferris State University is one of those places. I know from experience. I struggled in high school and was accepted at Ferris into a summer probationary program in 1965. It was small. They noticed whether or not you were there. They taught you how to study. Because of that start, I was able to go on to graduate from college and start my own successful real-estate development company.

"Through the years, I’ve never forgotten what Ferris did for me. I understand that school isn’t easy for everyone; I established the Mickey Shapiro Opportunity Scholarship to recognize those people who have to work extra hard to succeed. Through this scholarship, I am supporting promising students who struggle and giving back to the school that first gave me a chance." Join me today by making a gift.

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Phil '75 & Jocelyn Hagerman

Donors leading the way for the College of Pharmacy

"This gift is a symbol of our commitment to education and Ferris. The University has played an important role in my personal success, in my family’s success and in the growth of our company, Diplomat. Ferris is a top choice for pharmacists because of its history and its legacy. Ferris State University is a tremendous place for me and my wife, Jocelyn, to give this legacy and know that it’s going to have long-term impact and make a difference." Join us today by making a gift.

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Imani Meeks '18

Mickey Shapiro Opportunity Endowed Scholarship Recipient

"I love Ferris State University and have made it a point to take advantage of as many opportunities as I can. I'm a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business fraternity, the National Organization for Women, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Black Student Union. I also volunteer as the assistant cheerleading coach, at the Big Event and the annual Christmas food drive. I am so grateful to Mr. Shapiro for his generosity and financial support of my college education. Receiving the Mickey Shapiro Opportunity Endowed Scholarship allows me to concentrate on what is important to me: my education in the classroom and involvement in student activities. Words can't express my gratitude for being selected as a recipient of the scholarship." Help us achieve our goals by giving today.