An annual award will be made to a deserving student studying in the field of Liberal Arts who has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA while attending high school.
The award will be made to any full-time sophomore student, regardless of program, who has maintained at least a 2.5 grade point average. Awards from the fund will be limited to money available from the interest earnings.
Barroneece Prince Grant Fund
This fund was established to assist students with emergency financial needs. No grade point average is required.
Benham Service & Civic Engagement Fund
This fund was established by Jerry and Jan Benham to support the Grand Rapids Community College’s Food Pantry and other student led service and civic engagement initiatives. Awards will be made for the following:
1. To provide financial assistance to GRCC’s Food Pantry
2. To award GRCC student(s) who are actively involved in GRCC’s food pantry and oversee all aspects of the food pantry.
3. To provide an annual award to a GRCC student who has shown leadership in service and civic engagement to be presented at the annual Student Leadership Awards Ceremony.
1. To provide financial assistance to GRCC ’s Food Pantry.
2. To recognize GRCC students who have participated in service learning activities.
3. To provide financial assistance to college sponsored service learning groups.
4. To provide an annual award to a GRCC student to be presented at the Student Activities banquet.
Better Business Bureau Integrity Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan. This award will go to a full-time sophomore student that is a Michigan resident who has obtained a 2.0 GPA. Students must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA form. A brief 200 word essay regarding the ?importance of integrity in the global marketplace? will also be required.
BHMS - Why We Can't Wait Fund
The Bragg-Harvard-MuhammadSmith – Why We Can’t Wait Fund (BHMS) was established by Mursalata Muhammad, an English Department faculty member at GRCC. The purpose of this fund is to support and encourage civic engagement activities by GRCC students. Awards will be disbursed as follows:
Scholarships for students in the GRCC Police Academy:
1) Students must provide proof of academy acceptance.
2) Preference will be given to students that have completed the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion Institute for Healing Racism, or other cultural competency experiences.
3) Awards will be disbursed within the academic year it is awarded, but the recipient can select how it is disbursed.
Scholarships for students enrolled in public service programs:
1) Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: Law Enforcement, Education, or Healthcare.
2) Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
3) Students must have completed at least 12 credit hours at GRCC.
4) Preference will be given to students that have completed the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion Institute for Healing Racism, or other cultural competency experiences.
5) Awards will be disbursed within the academic year it is awarded, but the recipient can select how it is disbursed.
6) Awards are also renewable if the student still meets the criteria. Students must apply each year to be considered for a renewable award.
Scholarships for the Institute for Healing Racism:
1) Students must complete the Institute for Healing Racism, provided by the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.
Bill & Laurie Foster Biological Science Scholarship
This fund was established by Bill and Laurie Foster. Both Bill and Laurie have dedicated many years of service to GRCC. Bill has retired from GRCC but was a long time administrator at the college, and Laurie is a current faculty member in the Biological Science Department. This non-renewable scholarship will be awarded to students that have completed 24 or more credits and have a class emphasis in the biological sciences and/or allied health area. Preference would be given to non-traditional students, 30 years or older. Interested applicants should inquire within the Biological Science Department.
Black Africana Student Union (BASU) Hardship Grant
This grant is available to an active member of the BASU who is experiencing a financial hardship, which may result in them not attending courses, or dropping out of school all together.
The student must have met the criteria as outlined below:
1. Completed an application/info card. (online) (BASU Bylaws Art. III, Section 3.1)
2. Been present at three consecutive regular meetings before being able to vote. (BASU Bylaws Art. III, Section 3.2)
3. Is present at a meeting where a voting/decision making issue is at hand. (BASU Bylaws Art. III, Section 3.3)
4. Supported the activities of the Black Student Union. (BASU Bylaws Art. III, Section 1.3)
5. Be able to specify the use of the funds being requested, and provide documentation upon request.
The grant will not exceed the amount of $500 dollars. No students will be awarded the grant more than once in a semester. Each application will be approved or denied by the Executive Board; however, the applicant?s identity will be kept private, with the exception of the Advisor and the Foundation Staff.
Blandford Family Scholarship
Scholarships of $500 per year ($250 per semester) will be awarded to full- or part-time students attending GRCC. Applicants will have a minimum high school or college GPA of 2.0. To qualify, students must have demonstrated leadership and have volunteered for school and/or community activities (excluding sports). Students may be enrolled in any curriculum.
Board of Trustees Distinguished Scholar Award
The GRCC Board of Trustees established this scholarship to reward high-school students for their academic achievements. Awards are made to freshman applicants who are residents of Michigan and have earned a high-GPA, exhibited leadership, attend at least half-time, and demonstrate potential for both personal and intellectual growth and community service.
Bobbi Schrader Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established by Bobbi Schrader, long time nursing faculty member and retired Dean of Workforce Development at Grand Rapids Community College. One award per year will be awarded to a student enrolled in either the Associate Degree Nursing or Practical Nursing Program. The scholarship will cover the equivalent value of 12 contact hours at the resident tuition rate. A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required with priority given to the applicant with the highest GPA and/or highest unmet financial need. Financial need is not required, but may be taken into consideration.
Bob Sullivan Baseball Scholarship
Annual scholarship(s) will be awarded to incoming or current student(s) who will be participating as baseball players at GRCC. Scholarship(s) will be awarded at the discretion of the Head Baseball Coach subject to the approval of the GRCC Athletic Director
Brad Julian Memorial
These scholarships will be awarded in memory of Brad Julian to athletes who maintain full-time student status, meet the National Junior College Athletic Association requirements for eligibility for athletic competition, and complete the seasons of competition as indicated on the grant. Awards will be made subject to the approval of the GRCC Athletic Director.
Brannen Small String Ensemble Scholarship
This fund was established by Malcolm Brannen, professor in the Music Department at Grand Rapids Community College. This scholarship will assist full or part-time students of string instruments that have been selected by the orchestra director with no more than 8 awards each semester in an amount not to exceed $100 per student per semester. Students are to be enrolled in orchestra and a chamber ensemble at GRCC. At the discretion of the orchestra director or Malcolm Brannen $500 may be used annually by the Music Department faculty for scholarships to full-time music major students of other instruments or voice with a maximum annual award of $150 per student.
Brian Kloet Campus Involvement Award
The Campus Involvement Award was established by Brian Kloet, a past president of the Student Congress. This award shall be given to the student who:
1. Has been active and involved in student activities.
2. Has established a cross-college interest in campus life and has been helpful in promoting the overall college experience through outstanding citizenship.
3. Has a minimum GPA of 2.75.
Budres Foundation Scholarship
Fifteen $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to sophomore students who have expressed financial need to complete their education at GRCC and have demonstrated talent in the culinary arts program. Recipients will be selected by the department head of the Culinary Arts Department based on recommendations from faculty members.
Burke E. Porter Scholarship
Mr. Porter has initiated this fund to establish the Burke Porter Wine Cellar housed at the McCabe-Marlowe House. Grants from the fund will also be awarded to students majoring in the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education area of the College to assist them with the purchase of required course books, uniforms, cutlery, and other supplies.
Business Department Scholarship
$500 scholarships ($250 each semester) will be awarded to high school students who have been selected by the Business Faculty. Students must have attained a minimum 2.5 GPA and plan to enroll in specific business programs at GRCC.
Campaign 75 Discretionary
This scholarship fund was established to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Grand Rapids Community College. Awards will be made based on grade point average to full-time students.
Cascade Engineering Scholarship
This scholarship, established by Cascade Engineering, will provide two scholarships to Grand Rapids Community College students. One scholarship will go to a student in the technical field, with preference to someone that is in the plastics technology program. The other scholarship will be awarded to students that face barriers in pursing their educational journey (i.e. diversity, felony, poverty, veteran, disability). Recipients of this scholarship must be a Kent County resident.
Awarded by: Financial Aid
Casimir F. Palaszek, DDS Memorial Scholarship
This fund was established by Theresa Palaszek, M.D., a graduate of Grand Rapids Junior College and the University of Michigan Medical School, in memory of her brother Casimir Palaszek, DDS who is also a GRJC Alum. This fund is available to incoming freshman students who are majoring in Pre-Dental classes at GRCC. Potential recipients must have achieved at least a 3.5 GPA, and plan to continue their education at a four-year college or university to secure a degree in dentistry. This merit-based only award is available to all individuals without regard to gender, race, or religion. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient achieves at least a 3.0 GPA during their first year of classes at GRCC.
Cathryn Crawford Aim to Journey Scholarship
This scholarship was established by GRCC Alumna, Cathy Crawford, as a way of giving back to an institution that she loved. Coming back to school as an adult learner she wanted to make sure others, like her, had the opportunity to receive scholarships. Applicants must be a female student, over the age of 40, majoring in the curriculum of their choice, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be taking a minimum of six (6) credits.
Annual Award Amount: $750
CEBA Reinvestment Opportunity Grant
This scholarship was established by the GRCC Employees Benefit Association. Grant awards will be given to students that are being trained in a Workforce Development program or something similar. This grant will assist students in purchasing tools and other resources needed for their specific program. Students must be recommended by a faculty member, and must submit a letter explaining their need for assistance. Letters will not be judged on grammar or sentence structure, but on the situation.
Cedric & Sandy Ward Leadership Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to freshman and sophomore students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills throughout the community or College. To qualify, students must provide letters of endorsement from faculty and/or leaders of community organizations. Candidates must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. The award is renewable, and recipients will be selected by a committee composed of College staff.
Cesar E. Chavez Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Annual scholarships will be awarded to full-time or part-time qualified Hispanic students pursuing any field of study. To qualify, students shall be of Hispanic descent, and have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA, or a minimum 2.5 college GPA. Half of the annual awards will be designated for migrant farm workers (present or previous) or dependents of. If there are not enough eligible students in this category, the remainder of the scholarships will be awarded to other eligible Hispanic students.
Charles Buffham Special Needs Fund
This fund was established to support the curriculum development needs of the GRCC Music Department. Revenue donated to this fund will be used to purchase audio, video and musical equipment needed by the Music Department.
Closson-Jones String Scholarship
One annual scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding full-time freshman and sophomore string instrument player majoring in the music field with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection of recipients shall be made by an audition committee comprised of Music Department faculty.
Computer Applications Department Scholarship
Scholarship awards will be made to continuing students who are concentrating in computer fields of study, according to the following guidelines:
1. Students shall have completed 30 hours at Grand Rapids Community College, of which 15 have been in Computer Applications (CO) courses.
2. Students shall be re-enrolling.
3. Students shall have a GPA of at least 3.0 in CO classes and 2.5 overall.
Funds may also be used for the acquisition of hardware or software, for professional development, for curriculum development, or for special projects upon recommendation of the full-time members of the department.
Creative Writing Scholarship & Display Magazine Writing Award
Creative writing scholarships will be awarded to full-time students and are renewable based on satisfactory progress. Partial awards may be made to part-time students. Recipients will be determined on the basis of writing ability and strength of interest in the field; grade point average will not be a determining factor in the selection process.
Display Writing awards are open to full-time and part-time students who participate in the annual Winter writing contest?submitting poetry or prose. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. Judging will be done by someone of literary reputation who is not employed by the College.
The Crescendo scholarship was created to encourage non-music majors to enroll in major ensembles for credit. This award will be presented to selected instrumentalists who have demonstrated significant proficiency on their band and/or orchestral instrument and who are currently enrolled in campus band, wind ensemble, or the orchestra. The award amount will be equal to the tuition for a three contact hour class. Music Department Faculty will determine additional selection criteria.