Joyce Grandorf, an alumna of the School of Education (B.S. ‘64) and James “Jim” Grandorf, an alumnus of Kelley (B.S. ‘63, M.B.A. ‘64) recently established the Joyce Grandorf Global Gateway Scholarship, which will benefit School of Education students who are studying abroad through the Global Gateway for Teachers program. With funds from their estate, the Grandorfs also intend to support global educational experiences for students through the James and Joyce Grandorf International Initiatives Fund.
Jim had a long career with ExxonMobil and spent the last 19 years as a clinical professor at the Kelley School of Business. Joyce was a tremendous supporter of Jim through his career. The couple lived abroad in Singapore from 1977-1980 and have always been avid travelers. These experiences have led them to believe that studying abroad is important for all students. Jim spoke to the couple’s shared belief that students’ education is much more well-rounded when they immerse themselves in another culture: “If we can help some students to do that and bring it back into the classroom, we’re happy to help.” The Grandorfs’ generosity will ensure that future educators bring cultural experiences back to their classrooms through the School of Education for years to come.