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 GRCC Foundation. You may apply for these scholarships with one easy application — the rest may be department- or program-specific.

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. 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 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.

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

  • Agender.
  • Bi-gender.
  • Genderqueer.
  • Non-binary.
  • Transgender.
  • Transsexual.
  • And/or any other non-cisgender 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.


2018 Eric Verhaar Scholarship

The Eric Verhaar Scholarship is available to prospective students in the amount of $1,000. You must be from West Michigan and attending a community college, four-year college or university, or trade school within Michigan.

Prospective candidates must be from one of the following counties:

  • Allegan.
  • Barry.
  • Calhoun.
  • Ionia.
  • Isabella.
  • Kalamazoo.
  • Kent.
  • Mecosta..
  • Montcalm.
  • Muskegon.
  • Newaygo.
  • Oceana.
  • Ottawa.
  • Van Buren counties.

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.