Dick DeVos is a prominent member of the Dick DeVos which is a well known and well respected family within the Michigan community. The DeVos family is the creator of Amway Corporation, an international company that has made billions from selling consumable goods to individuals and other corporations. In addition to their large success, the DeVos family is also a family that strongly believes in donations and philanthropy. The DeVos family, especially Dick DeVos believes that wealth is something that should be shared to help all in the community and help a community thrive. As a result, the DeVos family make regular contributions to many different types of organizations including religious, educational, free market, as well as artistic. Among the many donations that Dick DeVos makes, he is most earnest about giving money to help educational reform continue within the United States.
An example of his passion for education is through his creations of the West Michigan Aviation Academy which was founded has a charter high school. The idea behind creating a charter high school was to provide a free yet high quality education to individuals who deserve and education based upon their passion as well as on their merit. The West Michigan Aviation Academy has been a complete success and was officially established in 2010 with 60 students who came from various backgrounds. The charter school has been designed specifically to not only teach about the mechanics and techniques of aviation, but also about about core subjects that are important in any education.
Recently in news, Dick DeVos has teamed up with Northwestern Michigan College to offer 8 credits to individuals who come from this aviation academy. Dick DeVos decided to try and make this deal to save the students time as well as money. Dick DeVos realized that though the charter school offers a quality education, college is expensive and is often hard to pay for when a family has a lower income. This agreement is for any individual who has come specifically from the aviation academy and that can also prove how hard they can work to achieve their goals.