A Global Perspective

Katrina `87 and Rich Kroes P`18 P`21

The Kroes family values the benefits of a global perspective. Their annual giving to financial aid helps Northwood attract students from diverse communities and cultures, enriching the learning experience.

Northwood enrolls students from 21 states and 23 countries - that is precisely why Katrina and Rich chose to give to international student scholarships and to enroll their youngest son at Northwood.

This diversity touches and educates the entire Northwood community. It also positively impacts Lake Placid and the broader Adirondack region. - Katrina

Pictured (left to right): Katrina (Lussi) `87, Lars `21, Kylie `18, Bjorn , and Rich Kroes

The Kroes’ were well familiar with Northwood, as Katrina graduated in 1987 and their daughter Kylie graduated just last spring. Kylie chose Northwood because of her interest in hockey, but the family’s love for the school quickly took on a whole new perspective. Kylie’s teammates came from all over the U.S. & Canada and across the globe, including England, China, South Africa, Japan and Finland. The family found a tremendous amount of joy in opening their home to this wonderful mix of teenagers. 

Rich was born in the Netherlands but grew up also living in Greece, England, Japan and the United States.  The three Kroes children are all dual citizens of the Netherlands and United States.  

Rich grew up in so many cultural settings so we found it particularly attractive that Northwood and the small town of Lake Placid could offer such an international experience. We place great value on the understanding that can come from those one-on-one cultural exchanges. - Katrina

The Kroes family’s support of financial aid helps Northwood to attract the most qualified students, regardless of resources, enhancing the global fabric of this diverse Northwood community.