Betty Van Andel Scholarship

2019 BVA Scholarship winner, Riley Wells, with David and Carol Van Andel following the presentation of the Scholarship at Opera Grand Rapids 2019 Night with the Opera gala at the Van Andel Institute.

Named in memory of Betty Van Andel and inspired by her lifelong passion for music and her many contributions to Opera Grand Rapids, both as a board member and benefactor, the Betty Van Andel Scholarship seeks to continue Betty Van Andel’s vision of promoting opera in West Michigan by encouraging people who have distinguished themselves as exceptional candidates to pursue continuing education and development in an opera-related field.

Each year the Betty Van Andel Scholarship provides an award of up to $2,000 to an exceptional candidate who is either a resident or a student resident in West Michigan.  The funds are intended to cover the expenses of an opera-related program outside of a traditional degree program.  Opera-related programs include those that train any aspect of the operatic art form (i.e. voice, rehearsal pianist/coach, conductor, orchestra, theatre, dance, stage management, arts administration, set design, lighting design, etc.).  Funds awarded are provided directly to the program or institution in which the recipient is enrolled.

2019-2020 Season Betty Van Andel Scholarship

The 2020 Betty Van Andel Scholarship will be awarded at this season’s Night With the Opera Gala. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

APPLY HERE for the 2019-2020 Betty Van Andel Scholarship

Examples of opera-related activities for which this award may be used:

  • Training Programs
  • Conference
  • Workshops
  • Study Abroad Programs
  • Young Artist Programs
  • Arts Administration internships

This list is not intended to be exclusive, but rather a guide for the types of requests that have been honored in the past.

To be eligible a candidate must:

  • Be a student dedicated to pursuing education or professional development in an opera-related field.
  • Be a current resident or student residing in West Michigan.

Scholarship Details:

  • Opera Grand Rapids is an equal opportunity organization and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, age, sex, height, weight or marital status.
  • Recipients of this scholarship must meet all eligibility requirements.
  • Awards are made out to an institution in which the recipient is enrolled, not to the individual directly.
  • All decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final, including the decision to give partial awards or no award.
  • The winner is requested to write a summary of his/her use of the scholarship funds and submit it to Opera Grand Rapids by December 31, 2020
  • The winner is requested to be present at an Opera Grand Rapids fundraiser to publicly accept the award.
  • Scholarship must be used by December 31, 2020, or is otherwise forfeited.