Our Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Application Process

Completing our general online application enters you in the selection process for more than 70 scholarship funds. Applications are available between January 1 and April 1. In addition to the general application scholarships, several specific scholarships (including the Meijer Scholarship) require a separate application. 


January 1 Applications available
April 1 Application deadline
April 1 Financial Information Form due from college
April - June Application processing and selection meetings
June 20 Notification letters sent
July 15 - Oct. 15 Funds available

What You'll Need To Apply

  • List of Awards, Volunteer Activities, Employment/School Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Academic Transcript from most recent semester (High School Students: must include first semester senior year)
  • A response to the following statement about yourself that includes:your reasons for your choice of college, chosen course of study, career goals, plans for financing your education, and information on past activities benefitting your community.
  • Financial Information Form

Additional Help

For additional information concerning the Grand Rapids Community Foundation's scholarships, or if you need assistance with an application, please contact Ruth Bishop, Education Program Officer at the Foundation at 616.454.1751 x103 or email her.

Privacy Policy 

Grand Rapids Community Foundation collects and uses personal information such as name, address, phone number, last four digits of social security number, and email address when a grant applicant voluntarily provides it to us. The information is used to generate reports for advisory committees as part of the selection process. In addition, the Community Foundation keeps applicant information on file for auditing purposes and ensures that documents are properly disposed of.  The Community Foundation does NOT sell, trade, or share personal or financial information with any other organization.