Jacob Groeneveld, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering, has loved airplanes and rockets since he was a little kid. So it was a natural step for Groeneveld to transfer from Grand Rapids Community College to U-M — the first aeronautics college program in the U.S., and alma mater of numerous celebrated air and space pioneers.
His next purposeful step was to join the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, perhaps to pilot helicopters one day. These are bold decisions for a young man from the Allegan County community of Dorr. Thanks to a newly created STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) scholarship, Groeneveld can worry less about finances and focus more on his studies and ROTC.