Scholarship Opportunities

2018-2019 GRCC Foundation Scholarship Application NOW OPEN

Priority deadline for the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Scholarships is March 15.

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Please note that once you've completed the general application, you will be prompted to apply for other opportunities. You are highly encouraged to review and apply for any additional opportunities you feel you meet the criteria for.

We would also encourage you to complete a 2018-2019 FAFSA to be considered for the most complete award package.

MI Student Aid - Scholarship Search

Complete this Scholarship Database Information Survey and the State of Michigan will compare your information to their scholarship database and contact you about the results.

Things To Remember When Doing Scholarship Searches:

1) Never pay for a scholarship search.

2) Read the privacy policy, who gets the data you submit.

3) If a school lists a web resource do not assume the school checked it out for you.

4) Opt out of sharing your data.

5) If it sounds to good to be true, it is. A $10,000 scholarship that has no real criteria to get it, to good to be true and a raffle that may or may not be given out.

6) Check with your college about potential scholarships, deadlines, criteria, and applications.

7) Check with fraternal organizations your family belongs to, clubs, unions, work, etc. These local awards are often more obtainable.

8) Do not provide contact methods that provide solicitors an opportunity to sell you products and or services. Use a e-mail created expressly for the purpose of a scholarship search. Do not use a primary phone contact you use. Using a disposable phone # for this purpose allows privacy.

9) In reality a real scholarship search does not need you to register to provide you with a list of potential scholarships.

10 Ask yourself: If a company is collecting all my personal information and has no visible method of income how is it able to provide a scholarship and or stay in business.

Mary Free Bed Guild - Two Scholarship Opportunities:

Minority Scholarship Application is for minority students pursuing degrees in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, therapeutic recreation, neuropsychology or orthotic/prosthetics.

Disability Scholarship Application is for students with disabilities pursuing a post-secondary degree.

Review the Mary Free Bed website for further directions.  Deadline April 1, 2018.

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 (GRCCF), as well as a number of private scholarships.

To be considered for a GRCCF Scholarship, simply complete the 2018-19 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.

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

Polish Heritage Society Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship fund is to provide financial assistance to students from West Michigan who are of Polish descent. Two $500 Scholarships will be awarded. Please open the Polish Heritage site and scroll to the bottom for the GRCC/Polish Heritage Scholarship application. You must complete and return it to GRCC. Scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria:

Must be a full-time student with a minimum 2.75 GPA.

All recipients must be of Polish descent, and must provide a brief statement (signed and dated) delineating their heritage.

Financial need will be taken into consideration.

All applications must be received by the Financial Aid Office by March 15.

Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Scholarships & Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Scholarships

Both of these scholarships are available to students of color pursuing a law degree, paralegal studies or legal secretarial studies. Scholarships range from $1000 to $5000. The application deadline is April 1, 2018.

Michigan Retailers Association Scholarship

Michigan Retailers Foundation, established in 1968, provides college scholarships annually to benefit retailers and their employees and families. The foundation is a nonprofit educational organization established by MRA. Donations are tax deductible. MRA’s college scholarship competition begins in January each year. Applications are due by April 2, 2018. To be eligible, the student applicant or a parent or guardian must work at a business that is a member of MRA. High school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors may apply. Awards range from $1,000 to $2,000. Nineteen awards will be given out in 2018. Financial need is not a consideration.

Donald J. DeYoung Scholarship

Residents of the West Michigan area who are words of the court or previously have been a ward of the court and have been discharged successfully are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants will need a reference letter form a caseworker, probation officer, foster care college coach, school counselor, mentor or other supportive adult.  Application deadline is April 1, 2018.

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.

Goedeker's Culinary Scholarship

Goedeker's offer a $500 Scholarship for culinary students only.

Do you have a passion for cooking and want to further your education? Do you want to improve your chances of employment by earning a culinary degree? Write an essay about why attending culinary school is important to you. Give us some insight into your personal background and you are passionate about cooking. The essays will be judged based on originality, creativity, organization of thought, and proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar.  Deadline is July 8, 2018.

Kraft Business Systems Scholarships

Kraft Business Systems will be awarding one high school senior and two college students in West Michigan with a $1,000 scholarship.

- 1 scholarship for a high school senior pursuing further education in an IT-related field

- 1 scholarship for a college student pursuing a degree in an IT-related field

- 1 scholarship for a college student pursuing a degree in a sales-related field

Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0

Scholarships must be submitted by May 15th, 2018

In the application, students will be asked to provide some basic information about themselves. They will then be asked to give a minimum 500-word response to an IT-related or sales-related problem. 

Freemont Area Community Foundation Scholarships

The Freemont Area Community Foundation has scholarships available for Adult Students pursuing an undergraduate degree who reside in Newaygo County, MI or a Newaygo County, MI public school district.

Learn how you can apply. Deadline March 1, 2018.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation



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