Blurring the line between work and community.

TowerPinkster is deeply invested in bettering the communities we serve. Fostering the growth and development of others and ourselves is imperative to who we are as people and as an organization. In fact, we believe community is the most important investment we can make. Together as a firm, we have supported countless organizations through volunteering, donations, participation, and engagement. Every employee receives eight hours of paid time to volunteer to charitable organizations each year.

Designed with room to grow.

Personal growth and development are a top priority for our firm. Team members are encouraged to participate in mentorship programs, professional organizations, and attend conferences and seminars to promote continued education. In the workplace, collaboration isn’t just encouraged. It’s fostered. All ideas are welcome, and all questions are taken seriously. By working together, we’re able to bring the best ideas to life.

 

The value of being taken seriously.

The youth of today will be the leaders of tomorrow. We take that notion to heart, which is why our internship program is so important to us. Our interns are actively involved in projects and play a notable part in our firm’s success. Senior staff members mentor and provide a 360° experience for every intern in every discipline. TowerPinkster is also actively involved with the Monroe-Brown Scholarship Program; a program that offers hourly wages, quality internships, and scholarship funding to encourage students to stay and engage in the community after graduation.

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Scholarships and continued education.

We proudly invest in the education of our future leaders through several scholarships at universities, colleges, foundations, and organizations throughout our region. Our mission is to encourage, support, and inspire those who will shape the future of our industry. Our scholarships include:


ARCHITECTURE

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GARY AND LAURA JOHNSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture
Established 2021

  • Awarded to a student entering their sophomore year in the School of Architecture with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Preference is given to students from a group underrepresented in the field of architecture, i.e. a female or minority students as identified by the University’s Admissions and Financial Aid staff.

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TAUBMAN COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN PLANNING
University of Michigan
Established 2006

  • This scholarship, intended to support educational diversity, is awarded to females and minorities pursuing a degree in architecture for use during their junior or senior year or for study abroad.
  • Selection is based on financial need.

ENGINEERING

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TOWERPINKSTER ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT FUND
Grand Valley State University

  • Awarded to a student entering their sophomore year in the School of Engineering with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Preference is given to students majoring in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering.
  • Application Deadline: March

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HANS KORENDYKE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Western Michigan University School of Engineering

  • Awarded to a full-time junior or senior student majoring in mechanical or electrical engineering with interest in environmental design and building and a GPA over 3.0.
  • 2018 – rename the College of Engineering MAE Chair’s Office in Hans Korendyke’s name
  • Application Deadline: January

INTERIOR DESIGN

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INTERIOR DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP
Western Michigan University
established 2017

  • Awarded to a full-time junior or senior student majoring in interior design with a GPA over 3.0.

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INTERIOR DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP
Ferris State University Kendall College of Art and Design 
Established 2012

  • Awarded to a full-time junior or senior student enrolled in the Interior Design program with a GPA over 2.75.
  • Special consideration is given to students who are members of groups that are considered underrepresented such as African Americans, Native Americans, or Hispanics.
  • Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate a financial need via the FAFSA form.

MULTI DISCIPLINE

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TOWERPINKSTER STEM EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP
Aquinas College
Established 2018

  • Restricted to underrepresented students who are majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) discipline.
  • Application Deadline: May

 

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ARCHITECTS/ENGINEERS SCHOLARSHIP
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Established 2016

  • Awarded to a full-time student pursuing a certificate or associates degrees in architecture, engineering, Auto CAD, computer-aided design, or engineering technology with a GPA over 3.0.

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SUSTAINABILITY SCHOLARSHIP
Kalamazoo College
 2009 – 2021

  • Awarded to a student at any stage pursuing further education on sustainable practices with a GPA over 2.5 and is in good academic standing.

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MEMBER FIRM
West Michigan Minorities in Architecture/Engineering Consortium

  • A financial assistance grant, in the amount of $1,000, each academic year. Under this program, qualified ethnic minorities and women who are pursuing careers in the architectural, engineering, and scientific disciplines may be eligible to receive a $1,000 grant, payable to the educational institution in which they are enrolled.
  • Application Deadline: August (selection in September each year)

HIGH SCHOOL

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TOWERPINKSTER SCHOLARSHIP
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Established 2017

  • Awarded to a graduating senior from a Michigan public high school pursuing a full-time undergraduate degree in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or structural engineering from an accredited college/university.
  • Minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.
  • Selection is based on financial need.
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