Scholarship Opportunities

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

Scholarship funds are available for tuition and books for students enrolled in the ADN or PN program at GRCC. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate financial need, and receive two faculty endorsements. Merit and need will be considered when reviewing candidates. You can fill out an application today!

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

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

The One Amercian Water Works Association (AWWA) Operator Scholarship

AWWA's the Water Equation Campaign and the Michigan Section AWWA, will award the One AWWA Operator Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 for Water Operator training and education.

Scholarship award can be used for certification/licensure, two-year water related associate degree, technical school program, professional training program, books and manuals, and operator related conferences.

Each scholarship recipient will receive a one-year AWWA Operator membership. To apply to go -->HERE<--

Submit applications directly to Jack Hughes at

The deadline to submit is:  October 3, 2016

Grand Rapids Community Foundation



The Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is now open for students to begin applying!
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s undergraduate transfer scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities.

The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 85 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.   GRCC had their first student win one of the scholarships and we want to help another GRCC student apply and win!

Application Qualifications include:
  • Be a current student at an accredited US community college or two-year institution with sophomore status as of December 31, 2016, or a recent graduate (since spring 2012)
  • Plan to enroll in a full-time baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2017
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent)
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need
Applications are due on October 25th, 2016 by 12:00 p.m. and we will have workshops available for students that qualify and want to apply. If you have any interested students please feel free to direct them to Mursalata Muhammad at or to Erin Busscher at

Students, faculty and staff can learn more at