Hilda E. Bretzlaff Foundation Scholarship

Supporting successful individuals who strengthen the American spirit is at the heart of the Hilda E. Bretzlaff Foundation Scholarship. Herb and Hilda Bretzlaff loved America and the freedoms here that nurture democracy, free enterprise, and social responsibility. By establishing a scholarship to help students pursue higher education in the U.S. and England, Mrs. Bretzlaff created a legacy of leaders who advance these fundamental moral and democratic ideals.

  Northwood President Keith Pretty, NU Board Trustee Dr. Jennifer Panning, 2018 Outstanding Business Leaders recipient Mort Harris, and Bretzlaff Foundation Scholarship winner Christopher Grant attend the 2018 Outstanding Business Leader Awards Gala.

Northwood President Keith Pretty, NU Board Trustee Dr. Jennifer Panning, 2018 Outstanding Business Leaders recipient Mort Harris, and Bretzlaff Foundation Scholarship winner Christopher Grant attend the 2018 Outstanding Business Leader Awards Gala.

The Hilda E. Bretzlaff Foundation provides scholarships to students who have financial need and are also creative and ambitious. Mrs. Bretzlaff believed that, with excellent education, these young people can become leaders who strive to improve the quality of life where they live and work. 

“Northwood is a great fit for us. We appreciate the school’s approach to education and focus on free enterprise. We are always impressed with the NU students who apply for the scholarship. They are career-focused and have a drive to achieve,” said Kathy Lindbeck, Hilda E. Bretzlaff Foundation communications and operations director. “We work very hard to continue Mrs. Bretzlaff’s wish to help students achieve their educational goals. Northwood works closely with us to fulfill that mission.”

“The Hilda E. Bretzlaff Foundation Scholarship helped reduce tuition costs for my mom and me so that I could attend Northwood.  I am getting an excellent education, incredible hands-on experience, and tremendous faculty support. The scholarship also means fewer student loans so I’ll have a better opportunity to continue my education in law school. I never take this support for granted, and I strive to fulfill my full potential each day,” he said.

For more information about helping Northwood students through scholarships, contact Private Donor Scholarship Coordinator Sherri Riepma, riepmas@northwood.edu.

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Recipient

As a junior studying accounting, Christopher Grant sees a world of possibility for his career ahead. His goal is to attend law school, and what he has learned through Northwood’s Mock Trial Program will translate directly to graduate school. In fact, he has received several Outstanding Attorney Awards at American Mock Trial Association tournaments where he and his Northwood teammates have competed.

The Hilda E. Bretzlaff Foundation asks scholarship applicants to share their beliefs in writing. This excerpt from scholarship recipient Christopher Grant’s essay echoes that of other Northwood students who are deeply committed to “The Northwood Idea.”

In my eyes, America is, has been, and always will be a place where people come to turn their dreams into reality. America is accepting of people of all different cultures from all around the globe. Throughout time, America has been a destination that many people from foreign nations look to in hopes of making a better life for their families.
I aspire to have a meaningful career. Entrepreneurship and creativity are character traits instilled deep in me. And the drive to grow and excel pushes me to be a more productive person. My true aspirations lie in my desire to be a better human being to my family and others.
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