Scholarship Opportunities

November is Scholarship Month!

Scholarships provide you with free money for college that does not have to be paid back. According to “How America Pays for College 2016,” almost a third of college costs (34%) were covered by scholarships and grants in 2015/2016.

Still wondering if searching for scholarships is worth your time? Check out why you shouldn’t let this valuable source of free money for college get away.

Free Scholarship Webinar

MI Student Aid, within the Michigan Department of Treasury, and Sallie Mae will host a free webinar, “Scholarships for College.” You know you want a scholarship. The challenge is how to find them, how to apply for them, and how to increase your chances of being awarded as many as you can. That’s where Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae® can help. It’s the fast, easy, and FREE way to search for more than 5 million college scholarships worth up to $24 billion that can help you pay for your college education.

The webinar will be held Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m. EST and will feature valuable information on searching and applying for scholarships along with a demo of Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae®.

Register Today!

2016-17 GRCC Foundation Scholarships

Looking for help to pay for college? Scholarships are Available!

The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation is pleased to be able to support the educational pursuits of so many GRCC College students through the generosity of donors who provide funding.

The application deadline for the GRCC Foundation Scholarships for the 2016-17 school year has passed.  For more information, please consult the Scholarship Booklet.

Check the status of your application.

One application will put you in the running for more than 200 GRCC Foundation scholarships.

You can update or change your application at any point during the application period. Simply sign back in to make changes or add information.

The scholarship application period ends at midnight on March 15, 2016.

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, as well as a number of private scholarships.

To be considered for a Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Scholarship, simply complete the 2016-17 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.
The scholarship deadline is March 15th at midnight.

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

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

Arab American Women’s Business Council (AAWBC)

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 six 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.

Deadline: November 18, 2016

Aaron J. Boria, PLLC Scholarship

Undergraduate students attending an accredited university in the United States with an interest in law school are eligible to apply. Current law school students that are attending an American Bar Association Accredited law school may also apply. Awards will be judged based on content, and educational merit.

Essays must be submitted by November 30, 2016 and winners will be notified by mail after December 31, 2016.

Deadline: November 30, 2016 runs a $3,000 annual scholarship for students in the USA. Students can apply by answering a few simple questions on their application form:

Deadline: December 1, 2016

Grey Smoke media

Grey Smoke media believes in corporate social responsibility and the need to give back to youth pursuing a post-secondary education. As a result, we are pleased to offer an annual scholarship of $3,000 to a student enrolled in a post-secondary institution that is pursuing a career in any of the following fields of study:

  1. Business Marketing;
  2. Communications;
  3. Liberal Arts;
  4. Social sciences;

Deadline: December 31, 2016

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

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

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University