John C. and Ethel B. Beres Memorial Scholarship
The late Ethel Beres established this scholarship with a gift in 1986 in memory of her husband, John, to reflect his love of education and learning. John Beres was a student and a hard worker from the start. After delivering newspapers in grade school and working through high school to help his family, he graduated as valedictorian from Detroit’s St. Joseph’s Commercial College in 1929. He went on to the University of Detroit College of Engineering, completing the five-year program a year early, and then enjoyed a 38-year career with Commonwealth and Southern (later known as Gilbert Commonwealth). Mr. Beres also taught courses in steam power at Michigan State University and at Cornell University in New York.
John and Ethel had three daughters, Mary Beth, Kate and Elissa. Dr. Mary Beth Beres, OP, graduated from Siena Heights in 1969. Following Ethel’s death in 2007, the three Beres daughters enhanced the scholarship fund with a gift in their mother’s memory and renamed the scholarship for both parents.
The scholarship is awarded to students demonstrating financial need.