Dave graduated from West Ottawa High School and went on to earn his degree in Engineering from Michigan State University.
After graduation, Toyota very quickly offered him a position as a Purchasing Specialist!
According to his family, from the time Dave could pick up and hold an object in his hand, he could take it apart and put it back together again. Which is probably why, when asked how long he had dreamed of being an engineer, he said, “I think, since I was born.”
Friends of his parents told them about the Hope College Trio’s Upward Bound program which encourages motivated students to set high goals and then shows them how to achieve them. Dave attended the twice weekly tutoring sessions and the six week summer session where students took classes that prepared them for their next year’s school courses. He also attended group building excursions and traveled with other Upward Bound students to visit a number of colleges.
Elizabeth Colburn, Director of Upward Bound had this to say about Dave:
“Dave views learning as a gift; he appreciates and takes full advantage of his education opportunities. He is a curious, hard working student who holds himself to the highest standards.”
Dave’s advice to high school students:
“Stay organized in High School. It will help when you get to college to practice that.Take all the opportunities that come your way. And don’t procrastinate!”
To learn more about the Holland/Zeeland Promise Scholarship, visit www.cfhz.org/hzpromise