Betsy DeVos, the philanthropist with a passion for education

Betsy DeVos is a renowned woman in the business industry and is the current Secretary of Education in the United States of America. She was born in January 1958 in Holland. Betsy is an active Republican Party member. She supports school-related matters and programs in the United States. This makes her a perfect fit for the Secretary of Education position. She served in the Republican Party, Michigan as the committeewoman for 5 years and a chairwoman for 4 years thereafter. Betsy DeVos has also served as a board member for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She has held different positions in All Children Matter PAC, Alliance for School Choice and Acton Institute among others.



Betsy is the wife to Dick DeVos. She attended Holland Christian High School before joining the Calvin College for her Bachelor of Arts Degree, Business Economics. During her campus years, Betsy was involved in the political activities within the campus. She serves in the Mars Hill Bible Church as an elder and member. Apart from being an active political figure and a businesswoman, Betsy is very good at fundraising. She was part of the main fundraisers for the Republican Party in 2004 and 2008. The DeVos family is one of the wealthiest families in America. They decided to put their wealth to good use by starting a family foundation, Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. They have funded Republican figures in the causes they stand for. Over 17 million dollars has so far been given out for activities involving manufacturing and technology that revolves around clean energy. Betsy, together with her husband, has played a great role in Neurocore. Neurocore is a focused on providing solutions for anxiety, depression, and autism among others.


Since the beginning of the family foundation, they have been giving out donations to support education, justice, arts, leadership and community empowerment. Faith is the greatest motivator for the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. They have been ranked as one of the topmost givers in the United States through the 139 million dollars they have given out as donations to date. Their funds have benefited schools, organizations that deal with art, hospitals, conservation of the environment, think tanks and evangelical missions among others. Some of their beneficiaries include Center for Individual Rights, Baptists for Life, Michigan’s Pregnancy Resource Center, Michigan’s Foundation for Traditional Values and the Right to Life Michigan Educational Fund among others. Betsy is mainly focused on giving to educational projects. This is where most of their funds have been donated. Public, Christian and Charter Schools have been given 59,750 dollars, 8.6 million dollars and 5.2 million dollars respectively. Betsy DeVos is a strong woman and an admirable leader in her community.


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Keith Mann teaming up with Uncommon Schools to Help High School Students

Uncommon Schools, along with Keith and Keely Mann, have some wonderful news to share. Lately, there has been a lot of negative press and publicity out there in the world, and let’s make no mistake about it, these are tough times. However, this is good news, news that is worth sharing to everyone and anyone that cares about students and our future. I know it is cliche and overused, but it is true: the children are out future. Because of this, it is important to protect them, take care of them, and make sure they never have to go without anything. Sometimes people don’t realize that when they gradate high school, that can really make a break or a student. They decide on what they want to do next, what their goals and dreams are, and where they are going to college.

Thanks to this wonderful scholarship, one student, each year, from an Uncommon Schools, a non-profit charter management organization, based in New York City, will be receiving this scholarship after graduation. The key with this is they want to help the youth be ready for the world. Now, more than ever, it is extremely competitive out there, and you have to strike while the iron is hot. If you have an idea or want to work in the business world, you have to know what you are doing. Today, kids are smarter than ever, but just like us, they can sometimes suffer from self-esteem issues if they didn’t have someone championing them, supporting them, and looking out for their future.

That pat on the back and that “I believe in you” can go a long way towards the future of a student and a future business leader. This scholarship is showing that Uncommon Schools along with Keith Mann care about the youth. They want to do everything with their power to help. They know that the future is in the hands of the youth, and if it is protected and cared for, it can grow to epic proportions. They can become the future leaders and businessmen and women of the world.

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