AY 2020-21 Dr. Bob Scholarships

We received the thank you letters from the Dr. Bob Scholarship recipients a little late this year due to the pandemic, but they were worth the wait and a wonderful birthday present for me. As you’ll read in these excerpts, the students are so like the ones my dad was dedicated to nurturing in his time at Delta College. The first is from a social work major:

Winning this scholarship made me extremely excited and humbled! The funds that I will receive will be helpful towards aiding me in my education to complete my career goals. Furthermore, choosing to attend Delta college as a social work major has given me new hope, especially giving me the knowledge to add value to women and youth. . . . Being enrolled in school has risen my confidence and influenced my children to see a positive impact on our lives.

This nontraditional student has decided to major in counseling:

Your gift brightened my day and it will help brighten my future! . . . I decided it was time to go back to school so I can help support my family and change the trajectory of our lives. . . . After speaking with an academic advisor, I decided to pursue a degree in counseling. I am hoping to help other people navigate life by making the best decisions possible. Your financial gift is helping to make that dream a reality.

The last note is from student majoring in applied science with an emphasis in surgical technology:

I plan to pursue a career as a certified surgical technologist and will also be working on my sterile processing certificate. . . . Thanks to  you, I am one step closer to my ultimate goal. . . . You are a real role model to me and many others, and I thank  you! I  hope that I can give back one day to help young students, the same way you have helped me!

These students, who are committed to their studies and their communities, remind Ted and me of why my dad loved teaching at Delta College. The Dr. Bob Scholarship is part of his legacy at Delta College, along with the thousands of students whose lives are that much richer from taking his classes.

Fall 2019 Scholarship Thank Yous

Four of the 574 scholarships Delta College awarded for Fall 2019 went to students who qualified for the Dr. Bob award. Ted and I recently received the thoughtful thank you notes from the students, who each received $1000. Not a large amount, but enough to make going to Delta a little easier. Here’s what the students had to say.

I would like to express my gratitude for offering me the Dr. Robert R. Zimmermann “Dr. Bob” Scholarship. I am going to be doing my general studies at Delta. I have always loved animals and hope some day to work in the animal rehabilitation field.


I am currently working my degree in applied science. After graduation, I plan to follow my dreams of being an OB nurse, working with pregnant women and newborns. . . . Your generosity  will help be get one step closer to achieving my goals in life.


I am pursuing a career in the health care field. . . . I will  put this scholarship money to use by furthering my education at Delta College. I can’t thank you enough for opening your hearts to people whom you have never met. I too would love to one day help others. . . . You are the  real role models.


I plan to pursue a career as an early childhood educator and I will be finishing my course work at Delta College and then transfer to Ferris State University. Thanks to you, I am one step closer to my ultimate goal. . . . Again, my thanks to you for your trust and consideration of my academic abilities.

We are grateful for the opportunity to help out these students and look forward to their fantastic achievements in the future.

Spring 2017 scholarship recipient thank yous

Once again Dr. Bob is helping students at Delta College fulfill their dreams. Here are what the three Spring 2017 scholarship recipients had to say:

“I would like to express my appreciation for choosing me for your scholarship. The scholarship money will help me a lot throughout the next year.”

“I will use this generous gift to further my education . . . . I am proud to inform you that I made the Dean’s List for Winter 2017.”

“I am honored to receive this scholarship to help achieve my education goals. . . . My overall intention of starting my own business is because I know it is important to provide certain services as well as employment opportunities for others. I really feel it is imperative to serve others and improve the world as best I can in the process.”

Congratulations to these three amazing Delta College students! The Dr. Bob Scholarship Fund is proud to support these students in the excellent programs offered at Delta College. Interested in giving to Delta College? Contact the Delta College Foundation.

Fall 2016 scholarship recipients thank yous

Here’s what Delta College student recipients of the Fall 2016 Dr. Bob scholarships had to say:

“I am very appreciative of this gift to help me further my education.”

“I look forward to using this scholarship towards my fourth and final semester of clinical nursing at Delta College.”

“Words cannot properly describe how truly thankful and appreciative I am of your generous scholarship gift that will allow me to continue on my path to become a registered nurse.”

Many thanks to the staff at the Delta College Foundation, especially Pam Clark and Mary Harding, for their stewardship of the Dr. Bob Endowment Fund.