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.

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

Note: Funds are exhausted for summer 2017.

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

Grand Rapids Trans Foundation

GRTF Academic Scholarship

This scholarship fund is to help transgender students with education-related expenses while pursuing a degree or certificate from an accredited college, university, or technical / vocational program with a satellite campus or permanent presence in Kent County, MI.

This award is open to people of any age who identify as transgender (including agender, bi-gender, genderqueer, non-binary, transsexual, and/or any other non-cisgender identity) and who demonstrate financial need.

Apply online at

Application deadline July 7, 2017

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