Gentex Establishes Charitable Giving Foundation, Announces New Scholarship

Gentex Establishes Charitable Giving Foundation

The new foundation also has established a scholarship for female high school seniors pursuing a degree in STEM areas.

Gentex Corporation announced it has established the Gentex Foundation, a charitable giving nonprofit, and has established a new scholarship for female high school seniors pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM).

The Gentex Foundation will provide financial grants to organizations in the U.S. to support charitable causes in a wide variety of areas, including economic development, children’s services, public health, housing assistance, and diversity initiatives, to name a few. It will be managed by a board of directors that will review grant applications with focused attention on nonprofit organizations operating in the communities where Gentex employees live and work, and which reflect the Foundation’s values of integrity, compassion, innovation, and diversity.

Gentex’s Amanda Clark Scholarship program will recognize female high school seniors in West Michigan who are pursuing a STEM degree at a four-year college or university. Recipients are eligible to receive a $5,000 scholarship that can be renewed up to three years. The scholarship was created in memory of Gentex employee, Amanda Clark, who earned a manufacturing engineering degree from Kettering University and worked at Gentex for 8 years, using her technical skills in a variety of roles.

“For nearly five decades, as one of the area’s leading employers, we’ve sought to make a positive impact on West Michigan,” said Gentex president & CEO Steve Downing. “As we continue to grow, serve new markets, and engage in new communities, the Gentex Foundation will allow us to enhance our charitable giving program to better support the needs of the communities in which we operate.”

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