Scholarship Spotlight


David J. and Daniel J. Goetz Student Memorial Scholarship The David J. and Daniel J. Goetz Student Memorial Scholarship was created to honor two Northwood students, twin brothers David and Daniel (’92) Goetz. When David died in 1991 at age 21, several people in his hometown of Bay City, Mich., and Northwood communities worked to establish the scholarship at NU as a way to recognize the significant impact of his life. Seven years later when Daniel died (at age 28), it was fitting to add his name. The scholarship has helped their parents and four siblings find positive purpose in overwhelming loss. The legacies of these young men are carried forward in the education and success of each scholarship recipient.

For the Donors The goal of the Goetz scholarship is to fuel students’ futures. Yet, as youngest brother Eric Goetz stated, it’s the young people themselves who best define the reason for investment.

“The best part of the scholarship for my family is meeting the recipients in person. All of the students, like Amelia Jaskiewicz, are spectacular people. Getting to know these outstanding individuals, learning about their lives, and supporting their education have helped my family heal.

“It’s really much, much more to us than a scholarship. It’s a connection to many people who shared my brothers’ lives as well as a tie to the NU coaches and administrators who cared about them along the way. Each time I visit the Northwood campus in honor of my brothers, I am reminded of that community of friends and their incredible generosity and support.”


For the Recipients

Amelia Jaskiewicz, a Bay City, Mich., junior majoring in Hospitality Management, has a goal to continue building her cookie business. She knew Northwood was the university of choice as she worked to achieve her dream, yet she was unsure how she and her family could afford it. The Goetz Scholarship helped make her Northwood education possible, and is the foundation of a future that she is excited to start after she graduates.


“This scholarship makes a difference in my life because it allows me to focus on my studies rather than having to work more hours. I don’t have to wonder where I’m going to get money to pay off my next college bill. And more opportunities at the University are open to me, like joining clubs, pursuing internships, and participating in organizations that strengthen my leadership and communication skills,” she said.

For Northwood Private donor scholarships make a difference for donors, recipients, and the University as well. Exceptional students, like the 54 Goetz scholars, fulfill Northwood’s mission to develop the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society.

“Northwood is grateful for the support it receives from alumni and friends of the University. Growing the tradition of private donor scholarships enhances our proud heritage of teaching enterprise and liberty and enables us to further the ‘Northwood Idea,’” said Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations Justin Marshall. “These scholarships are critical to attracting and recruiting students who benefit from Northwood’s commitment to experiential learning.”

Private Donor Scholarships 101 Private donor scholarships are a vote of confidence in Northwood’s educational philosophy because they help meet the financial needs of qualified and motivated students. ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIPS are an opportunity to sustain Northwood’s private donor scholarship program on a yearly basis and assist deserving students. The minimum gift required to establish an annual scholarship is $500. ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS are a permanent fund where the principal remains invested and a scholarship is awarded based on the interest earned on that principal. A minimum fund balance of $20,000 is required. The donor may name the scholarship and help establish appropriate applicant criteria.

Interested in funding a private donor scholarship at Northwood University?

Contact Justin Marshall, Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations, 989-837-4279 or