Elisabeth Betsy Prince was born to Elsar and Edgar Prince on January 8th, 1958 in Holland. Born to rich industrialists, Betsy grew up with all privileges accorded to her. Consequently, she acquired the best education in Holland where she attended the Holland Christian School before proceeding to Calvin Michigan University. She pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics and graduated with honors in 1979. While she was in college, Betsy DeVos was involved in active politics as she vied for many posts to advocate for the student’s needs. Many students state that she always delivered her promises during her leadership tenure.
Betsy is married to Dick DeVos, an equally philanthropic man with whom she has four kids and five grandchildren. The two own and run the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, which is geared towards giving to the less privileged people in the society. The fund also aids in the reform of the society in areas that are lacking. Betsy and Dick say that they learned the giving legacy from their parents, and their giving is a demonstration of good stewardship. Betsy prioritizes her giving with most of her philanthropic activities being focused on the education system reform. Many call Betsy a hater of the public system of education. Having recently been elected by Donald trump as the secretary of education on the U.S., some fear that she will destroy the public system completely in favor of Voucher and Charter schools, which she supports.
In an interview, Betsy DeVos said that her support of pro-choice schools dates back to a day when she attended a meeting in Porter’s House School. She was then a young parent, whose kids were in school and was just young in marriage. Betsy and Dick discovered that many parents could hardly afford to pay the tuition fees in the school since it was higher as compared to public schools. However, these parents preferred to send their kids to the Charter school because it offered a better and safer learning environment. Ever since that day, Betsy and Dick started supporting some kids in the schools and have since that day supported Charter and Voucher schools financially. They do so to help the schools recover the fees of the kids, whose parents cannot afford the fees.
Betsy has previously served in many political and non-political leadership positions as she is a born leader. She was the Chairman of the Republican Party and was reelected four times in the post. However, she resigned from active politics to pursue education reform where she felt she could make an impact. Although she has faced criticism for giving to Voucher and Charter schools which are owned by businessmen, Betsy has remained consistent in her giving.
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