GRCC Promise Zone Scholarship

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Your path, Grand Rapids' promise

Empowering Grand Rapids high school students with access to higher education

The Promise Zone Scholarship is a place-based scholarship that provides qualifying high school students with access to attend Grand Rapids Community College for free, and pursue the academic, job-training or certificate program of their choice!

Michigan politicians, business leaders and nonprofit organization leaders know the key to better quality of life for all residents is a strong economy — made possible by open access to higher education. 

Do I qualify for the Promise Zone Scholarship?

You're eligible to receive the scholarship if you:

  1. Have lived within the city of Grand Rapids since the start of 11th grade.
  2. Have attended one of the 24 high schools within city limits since the start of 11th grade.
  3. Stay with it! Graduate from your high school.

How much am I eligible for?

If you started school and started living in the city of Grand Rapids Scholarship Amount
Before 10th grade 100%
Before 11th grade 50%
12th grade 0%


Submit your FAFSA

Submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your first step! Need help filling out the FAFSA? Let us help walk you through.

Apply to GRCC

If you've completed your FAFSA and graduated from high school, you're all set to earn GRCC credits for a degree, certificate or to transfer.

See FAQs about the Promise Zone

Questions? Contact us!