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Students can apply for all life-changing GRCC Foundation scholarships with just one application

March 9, 2023 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Filling out one form can make a life-changing difference to Grand Rapids Community College students.

The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation awarded $1.3 million in scholarships to 1,642 students during the 2021-2022 fiscal year – all available by completing just one application!

“A scholarship can lift so much anxiety from a student’s shoulders,” said Kristine Babcock, the foundation’s interim executive director. “Using one application makes the process easier – and less stressful – for students, ensuring that we can connect as many of them as possible with the funds they need to pursue their goals.”

The application can be found at, and the priority deadline is March 15.

Receiving the Clearing Sky Christensen/WN+J Business Scholarship helped Tiara Garcia reach her long-held goal of a college degree. She struggled, and eventually dropped out, in her first attempt at higher education in 2009.

“It wasn’t until last year I realized I had student loan debt but no degree to show for it,” she said. “So, I thought about my goals in life and where I was and decided to go back to school.”

It was a different experience for her in her second attempt: She passed all her classes and was on the Dean’s List every semester.

“Receiving the scholarship means I have succeeded and the hard work has really paid off,” said Garcia, who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in human resources. “A lot of people believe that there isn’t help out there, but this shows that there is.”

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