Scholarships & Designated Gifts

The Literacy Advocates Funds were established at the CFHZ in 2003.  Efforts were led by Jim Schoettle and Mike Dalman. At that time there were a number of individuals and local businesses who were interested in increasing the fund to generate interest to bring authors to speak at ZPS.

Effective fall of 2020 The Zeeland Education Foundation will grant an amount to be determined by the ZEF board to be used for literacy needs.  ZEF will work with the ZPS Director of Curriculum and Technology to ensure this bi-annual literacy grant is used accordingly. 


The distributions from this fund will support expenses related to the Heather Jacob Schaap Retreat (formerly ZPS Communication Retreat)

This gift was given for the intent of funding the annual high school communications retreat.  Heather Schaap was a former educator and supporter of public schools who passed in 2018. Her brother Shawn Jacob is a current ZPS educator.  Heather’s mother, father and brother wanted to leave a legacy in Heather’s name.


The distributions from this fund will be used to assist the needs of select band students from Cityside Middle School.

This a $10,000 gift was given to ZPS from Jaxon Brower’s grandfather.  Jaxon lost his battle with mental illness in 2016. Jaxon was a former student of Cityside Middle School and played  baritone in the Cityside band.