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2016-17 GRCC Foundation Scholarships

Looking for help to pay for college? Scholarships are Available!

The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation is pleased to be able to support the educational pursuits of so many GRCC College students through the generosity of donors who provide funding.

The application deadline for the GRCC Foundation Scholarships for the 2016-17 school year has passed.  For more information, please consult the Scholarship Booklet.

Check the status of your application.

One application will put you in the running for more than 200 GRCC Foundation scholarships.

You can update or change your application at any point during the application period. Simply sign back in to make changes or add information.

The scholarship application period ends at midnight on March 15, 2016.

Scholarship Opportunities for Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Students

While DACA and undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal and State of Michigan financial aid funds, scholarships are available! If you are a DACA student, you may be considered for Grand Rapids Community College Foundation scholarships, as well as a number of private scholarships.

To be considered for a Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Scholarship, simply complete the 2016-17 GRCC Foundation Scholarship Application above and respond “Yes” to the question: Are you part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program? DACA students are not required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for consideration.
The scholarship deadline is March 15th at midnight.

There are more scholarship opportunities and information available for DACA students on our website.

Nursing Scholarship

Eight $800 Scholarships available for tuition and books will be awarded to students enrolled in the ADN or PN program at GRCC. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate financial need, receive two faculty endorsements, and cannot be receiving any other scholarship, grant or financial aid, private or government, in excess of $500. You can fill out an application today!

This scholarship is awarded on a rolling basis to any qualified applicant until all available funds have been used. No application deadline.

Outside Scholarship Resources

Grand Rapids Trans Foundation Academic Scholarship

Application deadline: July 8, 2016

The Grand Rapids Trans Foundation Academic Scholarship was created to provide financial support for transgender students pursuing post-secondary undergraduate education. Through this scholarship, transgender students can apply for funds to pay for education-related expenses to pursue a degree or certificate from an accredited college, university, or technical/vocational program in Kent County. For the 2016/17 academic year, GRTF is awarding one (1) scholarship of $2,500.

Application Guidelines and Procedures

  • This award is open to people of any age who identify as transgender (including agender, bigender, genderqueer, transsexual, and/or any other non-cis gender identity.)
  • Award criteria are based on personal essay, financial need, and academic goals.
  • Please submit a typewritten essay of a few paragraphs (approximately 500 words or less) answering the following questions: Describe your gender identity. How has your gender identity affected your life, positively and/or negatively? Tell us about your academic goal(s). What are some of the benefits of pursuing this goal? Please also describe any unusual personal, family or financial circumstances or unusual family responsibilities you believe warrant consideration.

Refer to the Grand Rapids Trans Foundation website for more information and the application.

Transfer Scholarships

Graduate transfer scholarships are awarded by the respective colleges and universities on the basis of financial need and/or academic achievement. Transfer scholarships available to GRCC students are posted outside the Financial Aid Office from November through April.

Other Transfer Scholarships

Aquinas College

Central Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

Ferris State University

Grand Valley State University

Michigan State University

Michigan Tech

Northern Michigan University

Northwood University

Oakland University

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University

Outside Scholarship Resources

Grand Rapids Community Foundation