Back in the days, when I was trying to find a good school for my children, I interacted with some parents who were on the same mission. However, some of these parents could not fully afford to put their children through the best schools. This is because they had to part with huge school fee or alternatively take their children to schools which were somehow wanting. This touched me and my husband, Dick DeVos, and together we decided to step in and help these parents and their children go through school and get quality education. What followed was an extensive and a series of sponsorship programs for different children.
I currently sit as the head of Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, a body that seeks to give students a variety of choices to choose from to enhance their education which in different from the common education system in the USA. I have supported my husband to establish West Michigan Aviation Academy, a school that combines the highest education standards for education. I am also involved in the leadership committee of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a body that seeks to correct the behavior of elementary school students by linking them with mentors from churches. Check her website for more info at betsyDeVos.com
I have been an active participant in the Michigan politics for over 30 years. Interesting to note, I was voted to head the Michigan Republican Party four times in a row between 1996 and 2005. I have been involved in very many party activities including campaigns and action-oriented meetings. At one point, I tried to use my political skills to influence the Michigan constitution to allow a student to get easy scholarships.
About Betsy DeVos
I am a philanthropist, education activist, business lady, and an active politics practitioner. I have practiced politics for over 35 years with the aim of creating an enabling environment for everyone to live comfortably in.
I am a great philanthropist having founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, an organization that is based on giving back to the community. I have served as the chairperson of Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation and have been a participant in various charity bodies including The Philanthropy Roundtable Foundation for Excellence in Education among other organizations. In most cases, the organizations are focused on providing quality education to learners.
I graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In collaboration with my husband, I founded the Windquest Group, a company that has the basic aim of making the world a better place. I was hired for the position of trustee (performing arts) at the John F. Kennedy Center by Head of state, George Bush. I also established a center for arts management in Michigan University.