Scholarships


We are committed to making your education at GRCC financially possible. We have more than 300 scholarship opportunities and $1,000,000 available through the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation (GRCCF). You may apply for these scholarships with one easy application, the rest may be department - or program-specific.

 Complete application:     GRCCF Scholarship Application

Explore your scholarship opportunities to browse options that are unique to your needs and interests.

The priority deadline for the GRCC Foundation Scholarship Application is March 15. It's not to late: applications received after this deadline will still be considered if there are additional funds made available throughout the aid year.

We encourage students to inquire with departments for additional scholarship opportunities, and we are also here to connect you with the many scholarships opportunities available outside of GRCC.

 

Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Student Scholarships

DACA and undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal or State of Michigan financial aid, but scholarships are available. You may be considered for GRCC Foundation scholarships, as well as a number of private scholarships.

DACA students are not required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for consideration for GRCC Foundation Scholarships.
 

Other Scholarship Opportunities for DACA Students

In some instances, applicants for these scholarships may be required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for consideration.

  1. Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
  2. Golden Door Scholars.
  3. Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

 

External Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Search Tips

  1. You should never pay for a scholarship search.
  2. It is important to read the scholarship privacy policy.  If you apply, who will have access to your data? When you can, opt out of sharing your data.
  3. If a school lists a web resource you should not assume the school endorses the scholarship or source.
  4. Use good judgment.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  5. Check with fraternal organizations that your family belongs to, such as clubs, unions, work, etc.
  6. Do not provide contact methods that provide solicitors an opportunity to sell you products or services. Consider using an email created expressly for the purpose of a scholarship search.
     

Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Attending college or trade school increases opportunity and opens doors to careers. We know, however, that many people who could most benefit from education after high school are least able to afford it. That's why our scholarships are here to give students a boost on their path to higher education. 

Since 1945, Grand Rapids Community Foundation has been a major scholarship provider in Kent County, awarding more than $1 million every year to hundreds of students pursuing a higher education. 

Scholarship applications are open.  Apply now through April 1.

 

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. Individual scholarships up to $2500.

This award is open to people of any age who demonstrate financial need and identify as:

  • Transgender
  • Non-binary
  • Two-spirit
  • Third gender
  • Transsexual
  • And/or any other non-cis gender identity

Apply online at the Grand Rapids Trans Foundation.

 

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.

 

Fremont Area Community Foundation Scholarships

The Fremont Area Community Foundation has scholarships available for adult students who live in Newaygo County or a Newaygo County school district and are pursuing an undergraduate degree.

 

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.

Other Scholarship Searches:

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Transfer Scholarships

Graduate transfer scholarships are awarded by the respective colleges or universities on the basis of financial need and/or academic achievement.  Transfer scholarships available to GRCC students are posted from November through April.  Each school has their own deadlines.

Aquinas College

Central Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

Ferris State University

Grand Valley State University

Michigan State University

Michigan Tech

Northern Michigan University

Northwood University

Oakland University

University of Michigan

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University