During their tenure at Grand Rapids Community College, Dr. Patricia Pulliam and Mr. Cedric Ward curated the Giants Award process. The Giants Award recognizes members of the African American community for their exceptional contributions in shaping the history, culture, and quality of life of the Grand Rapids community. Each award is named after local ‘giants;’ serving as a memorial to their notable service-leadership.
Proceeds from the Giants Awards Banquet support the Milo M. Brown Memorial Scholarship and the Junior Giants Fund.
Junior Giants Scholarships
The scholarships are awarded to nominated students who demonstrate the essence of a Junior Giant; demonstrated leadership community involvement and impact, academic and athletic accomplishments, or academic achievement/academic progress.
Each year, the Junior Giants Cedric Ward Leadership Scholarship is awarded to a senior student in the Kent Intermediate School District, and the Junior Giants Dr. Patricia Pulliam Leadership Scholarship is awarded to a current college student.
2019 Junior Giants Award Honorees
- Cedric Ward Leadership Scholarship: Jmyrea White
- Dr. Patricia Pulliam Leadership Scholarship: Maya Smith
2019 Giants Award Honorees
|Ethel Coe Humanities Award||Lisa M. Knight|
|Eugene Browning Medical Service Award||Jason Slaikeu MD, MBA|
|Floyd Skinner Justice Award||Not awarded this year.|
|Giant Among Giants||Michael B. Johnson, Sr.|
|Hattie Beverly Education Award||Not awarded this year.|
|H.C. Toliver Religious Life Award||
Bishop Dennis J. McMurray & Dr. E. Jean Lackey-McMurray
|Martha Reynolds Labor Award||Carrie L. Jackson|
|Milo Brown Business Award||
Troy Yarbrough of Preferred Construction Group
|Phyllis Scott Activist Award||Cole Williams|
Raymond Tardy Community Service Award
|W.W. Plummer Humanitarian Award||LaSandra A. Gaddy|
|Walter Coe Public Service Award||Mari Beth Johnson-Jelks|
|William Glenn Trailblazer Award||Victoria Ann Upton (Posthumously)|