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Leaving a Legacy


A story of how Tracy Houting continues to give back

Leaving a Legacy

Tracy Houting was a cheerleader, a singer, a Dutch Dancer, and a National Honor Society member. She was a bubbly, energetic student at West Ottawa High School, strong in her faith and active in her church. Her friends described her as a friend to everyone.

Sadly, she was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer and died during a bone marrow transplant, which was her hope for a cure. Her death at age 16 left a hole in her family and in the community.

Her uncle Bob Houting wanted to honor his niece’s legacy, so he established the Tracy Houting Scholarship Fund with the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area. Each year, a scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Holland Public, West Ottawa, Zeeland East or Zeeland West who, Like Tracy, possesses vivaciousness, positivity, and humbleness.

“She just loved people,” Bob said. Bob’s passion for youth and education, paired with his giving nature, made the establishment of the scholarship a clear choice.

Knowing his niece was planning to go to college, he set up the scholarship fund to help others achieve their dream of higher education. He trusted the expertise of his attorney, who recommended CFHZ, and when he recognized a number of people who give through the Community Foundation, he was reassured in his choice.

“Tracy adored her uncle,” said Gloria Houting, Tracy’s mom. “She would be so proud of him for being so generous and selfless.

“We’re not wealthy people, and she understood that paying for college would have been difficult without scholarships and grants,” Gloria said.

Beloved by her community, Tracy will not be forgotten, as her memory and legacy will live on through the scholarship fund her special uncle so generously set up at the Community Foundation

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