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Jennifer '95, '10, '15 & David Deamud: Legacy Through Their Life Insurance Beneficiary Designation

Jennifer '95, '10, '15 & David Deamud: Legacy Through Their Life Insurance Beneficiary Designation

When Jennifer Deamud attended Grand Valley as a student, she experienced what it was like to be part of the Laker family. When she married her husband, David, he was warmly welcomed as an honorary Laker. The two connected over their shared passions for community, music, and family. Since then they have both stayed connected to Grand Valley, as Jennifer is the Associate State Director of the Small Business Development Center headquartered at GVSU, and David engages with the university when opportunities become available.

"Grand Valley is a part of our family. They supported and encouraged us during my college career and ever since. We want to see GVSU and its students be successful." With Jennifer being a staff member at the university, the Deamuds have always given in some capacity. It started with the Faculty and Staff Annual Giving Campaign, supporting the university's priorities each year. They also decided to start the Be the Change Endowed Scholarship, which supports students whose parents have been incarcerated. Jennifer and David hope this scholarship helps higher education become available to students throughout the community today, and for many years to come.

The two are proud to be part of the Gillett Society, as well. Their planned gift is particularly important to the couple. "It ensures that Grand Valley will be successful not just today or tomorrow, but for years to come, long after we're no longer here." Including GVSU as a beneficiary of their life insurance plan, they found that the university's development team was accessible and happy to answer any questions while they were planning the gift. "We hope that our gift continues to build the positive effect that Grand Valley has on the community."

David and Jennifer decided to have their estate gift benefit the Grand Valley State University Endowment Fund. "We know that Grand Valley has the community at heart, and by leaving our gift to the general fund, Grand Valley will make the best decision on behalf of the students and the community each year." They hope that they can be an example for future donors. Generous gifts, like that of the Deamuds, help to cultivate the community of giving that surrounds Grand Valley and ensure that more students will have the opportunity to become members of the Grand Valley family.