Why We Give

Donor Stories

Central is grateful for the support provided by donors who have made planned gifts to the college. Through their generosity, they create meaningful legacies for future generations.

Here are some of their stories.

Henry Van Leeuwen

Alumnus Henry Van Leeuwen Gifts Nearly $225,000 to Support Central College Students

A former Central College professor and alumnus who left his mark in the classroom has also left a legacy at his beloved college through the establishment of a scholarship that will support Dutch students now and in the future. Read More

Alvin Gary Huenink

Living Your Dreams

Leader. Innovator. Thinker. Three words to eulogize a generous and caring Central alumnus. Alvin Gary Huenink, a Class of 1962 graduate, wanted to make a difference in the world. He chose to establish an endowed scholarship at Central. Read More

Eunice and Jim Van Tuyl

Get Your Trust Documents in Order

Eunice Vander Zyl Van Tuyl '68 and her husband Jim Van Tuyl '10H share a love for Central. Pride and appreciation for their time on campus inspired them to make a gift that will help future students experience all that Central has to offer. Read More

Jim Borthwick

Giving Back Creates Wonderful Opportunities For Others

Jim Borthwick credits Central College for expanding his horizons as a student and giving him a solid foundation to move forward into adulthood. Today, he enjoys giving back to the college that gave him so much so that he can help others. Read More

Helen Diehl

Love of Education Leads to Estate Gift

More than 40 years ago, Helen Diehl made her first gift to Central College. The most recent example of her longtime generosity to Central: a gift from her estate of more than $860,000 that supports the college and student scholarships. Read More

James Naccarato

Finding Home Away From Home

Central College was a home away from home for James Naccarato '43. So much so that James knew he wasn't just attending Central — he was joining it for life. Even now he continues to give to the place that welcomed him with open arms so many years ago. Read More

Orville and Ermina Dykstra

Connected Forever to Central

Orville and Ermina Dykstra’s commitment to Central College runs deep and impacts several students through scholarships every year. Read More

Edwin and Luella Rozeboom Mulder

A Legacy of Love and Scholarships

Because it marked the beginning of their 66-year marriage, Central College always held a special place in the hearts of Rev. Edwin ’51 and Luella Rozeboom Mulder ’51. Read More

Fran De Jong

Former Central Chaplain Fran De Jong Leaves Gift for College

Fran De Jong had a long history with Central College. See how her memory will live on at Central thanks to her thoughtfulness. Read More

Ed and Martha Van Hemert

Legacy of Learning

Central College holds a special place in Ed and Martha Van Hemert's hearts, so it feels only natural for them to give back with an endowed scholarship for future educators like themselves. Read More

Earl Simmelink

Called to Generosity

Earl Simmelink, a Wisconsin dairy farmer who never attended Central College, gave to ensure generations of students would benefit from the education he never received. "I believe," he once said, "the most important work of God is to give love to others." Read More

Erv and Andrea Boat Roorda

Central College's Golden Years: Past, Present and Future

"Both of us live with a great measure of gratitude for the foundations that were laid for us in our educations at Central College." Read More

Justin and Amanda Fletcher

Futuristic Society Welcomes 17 New Members

Justin '02 and Amanda Hansen '00 Fletcher didn't wait until decades after graduation before beginning their giving to Central College. Their commitment continues with a planned gift. Read More

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