GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD): This year, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation awarded the Jack Chaille Community Philanthropy Award to Armen Oumedian, retired senior Vice President of Rapistan.
This award goes to community members who are generous donors in tune with the city’s needs.
Oumedian is well known for supporting innovation in Science, Technology, Education, and Math (STEM) education at local schools and universities.
Oumedian and his late wife Patricia established a Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation in 2000 and he has continued to give to the fund yearly. As an early supporter of GRCF’s Foundation’s Challenge Scholar fund, he established himself as a hands-on supporter of making education possible for West Side students.
He created GRCC’s Armen Awards which gives cash awards to faculty members who go above and beyond in educating students through innovative projects.
Scholarships for students at GRCC and Kettering University are another way he uses his philanthropy to encourage the potential of students.
Awarding those who support West Michigan through philanthropy is how the Grand Rapids Community Foundation connects with community.
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