Dick DeVos was born on October 21, 1955. He is married to Betsy DeVos. Betsy is a leading advocate for the educational-choice movement. She works as chairman of the Alliance for School Choice and American Federation for Children. Betsy has also served on the boards of two national charities, Children First America and the American Education Reform Council, which strive to expand educational choice through tax credits and vouchers. Dick DeVos is a pilot, entrepreneur, and author from Michigan. Dick DeVos attained a business administration bachelor’s degree from Northwood University. He has received honorary doctorates from Northwood University, Grove City College and, Central Michigan University.
Dick DeVos is the President of the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation, which was founded in 1989. The foundation has sponsored religious, artistic, civic, educational, community and free-market economic organizations since 1990. In 2010, DeVos launched the West Michigan Aviation Academy. It is the first aviation public Charter High School. The school is chartered to ensure that it is available to everyone at no cost. The Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation has maintained an art competition called ArtPrize in Grand Rapids since 2009. It dedicated $22.5 million to the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. That donation was the largest in the Kennedy Center. Art groups in Michigan that were hit by the recession benefited from the contribution. The institute offers practical training to board members and arts managers on phases of professional development in the United States and around the world. It also provides technical assistance through on-site consultation, seminars and web chats.
Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation promote free-market economics by sponsoring organizations such as Hudson Institute, Heritage Foundation, and Action Institute. The Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation established a scholarship in 2008 to support MA, MBA and MS students from developing nations. They also offer an enterprise and entrepreneurship scholarship specifically for students who want to study at Northwood University, and graduate with a BBA or combined BBA and MBA. In 1991, DeVos convened a group of more than 50 community and civic leaders to aid in renovating Detroit. He worked with two local bankers to carry out the renovation. Some of the achievements of his action were a new sports arena, convention center, public gardens and satellite campuses among others. DeVos and his wife also contributed money to finance a $500,000, the 18-month private analysis of Lake Macatawa that focuses on pollution sources.
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