Dick DeVos and his wife have always been heavily involved with local communities in Michigan. The couple is very passionate about education and has made several donations to support organizations that make it easy for children to attend school. They became co-chairs of the Education Freedom Fund. The Education Freedom Fund is a program that provides money for low-income families, which allows them to attend the school that they choose.
The Children’s Scholarship Fund donated 7.5 million dollars to the Education Freedom Fund. Dick and Betsy DeVos matched the 7.5 million with 7.5 million of their own. They also cover all of the expenses for the operation of the Educational Freedom Fund organization.
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation provides millions of dollars in donations to many different types of programs. The basic subjects include art, education, religion and free market economic organizations.
The DeVos family commissioned the West Michigan Aviation Academy in 2010. It is the first of its kind in the nation. It is unique because it is a charter high school. Establishing the West Michigan Aviation Academy as a charter high school means that there is no tuition required to attend. This makes it possible for anyone to experience this unique academy.
Dick DeVos always had a passion for aviation and believes that it provides an interesting perspective for high school age children. Betsy DeVos is dedicated to education. It was her who suggested that her and her husband combine their to loves and present them as an opportunity for others.
The DeVos family supported Artprize. Artprize is an art competition that is held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The event started in 2009. They donated 22.5 million dollars to the Kennedy Center Institute of Arts management. The Institute was later named the DeVos Institute of Arts at the Kennedy Center. The institutions provides training to art managers and board members on the different levels of professional development on an international basis. The focus point is the institute’s Capacity Building Program. The program offers technical assistance through seminars, web chats as well as on site consultations.
Dick DeVos is a native of Grand Rapids Michigan. He went to a public school there and eventually attended Northwood University. He attained a bachelor’s degree and then briefly studied the Wharton School and the Harvard school for business. DeVos returned home from college to join his father’s business in 1974. Dick DeVos worked in every aspect of the company as he rose to the rank of Vice President.
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