During a recent interview carried out by Philanthropy, the wife of the businessman and entrepreneur Dick DeVos, Betsy DeVos, a well-known education reformer said that she is optimistic about the role her movement, Education Freedom Fund, is playing in education. She said more than 33 publicly founded private choice programs saw an influx of more than 250000 students across 17 states in the US. Together with her husband, they were drawn to the movement by the sacrifice they saw in other parents paying tuition for their kids to have a safe environment for learning, after visiting Potter’s House Christian School. They have since then, been supporting individual students at the same school. Her husband, Dick DeVos once served on the State Board of Education in Michigan, and she got involved in starting a foundation that caters for scholarships to needy students and low-income families. Her biggest successes have evident in Florida where students have enjoyed the nation’s longest time of widespread educational choice. The program has seen an ever-growing number of students.
About Dick DeVos
Dick DeVos was born Richard Marvin Junior on 21st October 1955 in Michigan, United States. He is a businessman and entrepreneur and author. He graduated from Northwood University with a degree in Business Administration. Dick DeVos served as the Chief Executive Officer of the consumer goods distribution company between 1993 and 2002. He unsuccessfully ran against Jennifer Granholm for the governor of Michigan in 2006. Dick DeVos is married to Betsy DeVos who is the current Secretary of Education in the United States.
Dick DeVos began working with the Amway Corporation back in 1974. He held various positions in the company rising to become Amway’s Vice President in 1984. In 1989, DeVos founded the Windquest Company Group which is involved in the Manufacture and marketing of storage and closet organizers. He became the president of Orlando Magic in 1991, a position he held for three years.
Education Freedom Fund
Dick DeVos has engaged himself in community initiatives. More than 4000 underprivileged students have benefited from the Education Freedom Fund scholarships in Michigan. As the chairman of Grand Rapids, DeVos has enhanced downtown revitalization and healthcare improvements. They include a $130 million heart hospital, $75 million downtown arena, $90 million medical schools, $212 million convention Centre and a $30 million downtown market. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation has made monetary donations to groups like Choices for Children, American Education Reform Council as well as Children First America. They have also funded Christian schools in West Michigan.
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