Emeritus B. Swartz Scholarship for Excellence in Mathematics. Parker recently
graduated from Glen Oaks Community College with an Associate of Business degree
and plans to begin classes at Grand Valley State University in the fall to complete his
bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Parker was inducted into the Glen Oaks Phi Theta Kappa chapter last fall. He serves
as a student ambassador at the college and tutors students in accounting, economics,
mathematics and computers. He works as a teller at Sturgis Bank and Trust,
volunteers with the St. Joseph County Animal Rescue Fund and enjoys swimming,
disc golf and “anything outdoors” in his spare time.
The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a GOCC student with an outstanding record in mathematics
courses. Parker was recommended for the scholarship by Glen Oaks mathematics instructors.
Under terms of the scholarship created through a donation by Mr. Bernard Swartz, a former professor of
mathematics at Glen Oaks Community College, the student must be transferring to a four-year university
after graduating from Glen Oaks. The scholarship is intended to assist the student with educational
expenses at a four-year institution.