Scholarship Opportunities

2017-18 GRCC Foundation Scholarships

The 2017-2018 Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Scholarship application is now closed. (Due date was March 15, 2017). Please note that if you are applying for the Grand Valley Distinguished Scholars award, you may proceed.

You may also find out more about other outside scholarship opportunities through Academic Works.

*Students are strongly encouraged to complete a FAFSA application*

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.

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 2017-18 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.

Arab American Women's Business Council

The Arab American Women’s Business Council (AAWBC) maintains a scholarship fund to provide educational opportunities to females of Arab descent in the state of Michigan. The objective of these scholarships is to foster the growth and academic achievements of Arab American women. AAWBC awards these annual scholarships to Michigan college students and high school seniors who are college-bound.

This year, up to five women will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to help them in their studies. These scholarships are open to all disciplines and the award is based on academic merit combined with financial need. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2017. The successful applicants will be contacted a week later to accept their award. Recipients will be announced at the November 16, 2017, AAWBC Annual Networking Breakfast event, to which we wish and expect the selected recipients to attend.

You may go to for more information.  Completed applications and supporting documentation can be emailed or sent via regular mail per the instructions on the applications.

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.

Outside Scholarship Resources

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.

Hutt Scholarship

The Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship essay contest supports high school seniors bound for higher education. If that's you (or someone you know), this is the opportunity to showcase those creative thinking skills in pursuit of one of fifteen $2,000 scholarships! Enter Now! Write a 750 - 1,500 word essay about the following topic: Imagine nearing the end of your life - describe what will have brought you the greatest happiness or success. Essays will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges, with greater emphasis placed on creativity, clarity and originality than grammatical proficiency.

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.

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