Good role models are few and far between, especially for the young girls of our country. The only idols that the media pushes are those who promote drug use, broken families, promiscuity, Twitter Wars, and vengeance. These are not virtues I want to be instilled into my daughter. In an age where immorality is the goal, who can our little ladies look to for guidance? One role-model that I recommend is Betsy DeVos.
DeVos was born on the 8th of January in 1958. She was born and raised in Holland, Michigan. When she was old enough, she attended the private Christian school Holland Christian High School. During her time there, she received a passion for private education, a love that would later become her legacy. After graduating from Holland Christian, DeVos attended Calvin College. Here, she acquired a degree in business economics, which she would put to good use in her political and corporate career.
Like all her ancestors, DeVos would join the Republican Party. Not only was she a member, but she proudly served in whatever capacity they had for her. At their behest, DeVos served as the Committeewoman for the state if Michigan from 1992-1997. She would become the Chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party in 1996 and serve for four years. After stepping down, she would be re-elected to the position in 2003. Her exceptional service caught the eye of President George Bush who promoted her to the National Republican Senatorial Committee to serve as the finance chairperson.
When not working in a political office, DeVos proudly served as the head of several PACs including, Alliance for School Choice and All Children Matter. Her passions for things such as school choice, vouchers, and charter schools, would become her legacy. President Trump noticed her achievements and nominated her to serve in his cabinet. After a majority vote in the Senate, she became the United States Secretary of Education.
So far her work in politics has been covered in this article, but it is her charitable heart that should be imitated by all. She has served The Prince Foundation as Vice President until she co-founded the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation with her husband.
The driving force within the DeVos Foundation are the Christian virtues. This foundation exists to instill not only those religious virtues, but also the virtues of education, leadership, arts, community, and justice; all of which are the backbone of a civilized country.
In 2015, the DeVos foundation gave $11.6 million to organizations that encouraged these five virtues. As of 2015, the DeVos family is listed as #24 by Forbes on their list of top American givers and their total contributions are over $139 million.
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