For the second consecutive year, a Grand Rapids Community College business student has been awarded the full-ride President’s Scholarship from Davenport University. Alexi Bettig, a Rockford High School graduate, received an associate degree in arts from GRCC this past spring and qualified for the scholarship by receiving first place, along with teammate Corwin Tobias, in video production at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference in May. She also took fourth place in digital media production.
Bettig, will start in Davenport’s general business program, but she plans to look at international business or business management. She is still considering what field might be in her future. “I’m one of those people who enjoys everything I’m doing, so that’s going to make it hard to decide,” she said. “All this has just fallen in my lap through the BPA.”
She said the BPA national competition in Orlando, Fla., was one of two memorable trips she took as a GRCC student. She and other members of GRCC Christian Fellowship spent their spring break helping to rebuild the New Jersey Shore after Superstorm Sandy. “There have just been so many blessings this past year,” said Bettig, who got her start in video production while at Rockford High School. “The scholarship is like a dream come true, and it is still hard to believe that my college is paid for. The support and advice I have gotten over the past years have helped me to succeed.”
“When Alexi became a student at GRCC in the fall of 2011, she brought with her an interest in marketing and a skilled craft in video production,” said GRCC chapter adviser Peg Schoenborn, assistant professor of business. “Through her continued study of business at GRCC, she has been able to craft a distinct skill in marketing media through the use of video. I look for big things to come from this inspiring and talented young lady.”
Michigan surpassed all other states represented at the BPA National Leadership Conference, and the GRCC team took home many top honors among the six Michigan colleges competing.