Our Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Scholarships Available

Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career. A full list of scholarships awarded by Grand Rapids Community Foundation is below.

To apply for a scholarship listed under the general application category, please complete our online application. To apply for a scholarship listed under the separate application category, please complete each individual scholarship's application.

General Application

By completing the general application, the information provided will be entered into the Foundation's data base and matched with the specific criteria for more than 70 Foundation scholarship funds, listed below.

Scholarship NameCriteria
Altrusa International of Grand Rapids ScholarshipStudent is from Kent, Allegan, Ionia, Ottawa, Montcalm, or Muskegon Counties (6 month residency minimum) and is returning to college or entering college after sitting out of school for at least two years. (Non-traditional returning student) Must demonstrate financial need and provide two letters of recommendation.
Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship

Students of color (African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander) attending a non-profit public or private college/university majoring in Fine Arts including all visual and performing art forms.  Must have financial need, be a Kent County resident, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Audrey L. Wright ScholarshipStudent is a Kent County resident (3 year minimum) pursuing an undergraduate degree in Foreign Language or Education. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Black Men Building Resources ScholarshipStudent is an African American male or female with financial need residing in Kent County and graduated or received a GED from a Grand Rapids area high school.
Camilla C. Johnson ScholarshipStudent is a senior at Union High School entering college full time in the fall. Must demonstrate financial need and a minimum 2.6 GPA.
Carolyn Gallmeyer ScholarshipStudent is a Kent County resident pursuing an undergraduate degree at any U.S. college. Must have financial need and a minimum 2.75 GPA.
Chad Vollmer ScholarshipStudent is a senior at Central High School and will attend Grand Rapids Community College. Must have financial need and a 2.3 minimum GPA to renew and have an acceptable work history.
Christine Soper ScholarshipStudent is a resident of Kent County (3 year minimum) who will be attending Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone, Davenport, GRCC, GVSU, or Kendall. Must have financial need and a 3.0 minimum GPA.
Darooge Family Scholarship

Student is a high school senior residing in Kent County and entering college to pursue an undergraduate degree in a construction-related field of study at an accredited two or four year college/university/trade school in Michigan.  Must have financial need.

Achille & Irene Despres, William & Andre Scholarship

Student is of Mexican heritage and resides in Kent or Ottawa County and will be attending an accredited college/university for undergraduate studies. Must have financial need and a minimum 2.75 GPA.

Donald J. DeYoung Scholarship

Student is a current or former ward of the court in Kent County, Michigan pursuing an undergraduate college or vocational education. Must have financial need, a 2.5 minimum GPA and provide a letter of recommendation from a caseworker. 

Donald & Florence Hunting ScholarshipStudent is a senior at Rockford HS entering college in the fall. Must demonstrate financial need.
Donald M. Wells ScholarshipStudent is a senior or graduate of Central High School pursuing undergraduate studies at GRCC, University of Chicago, or University of Michigan. Must have financial need and a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Dorothy B. & Charles E. Thomas ScholarshipStudent is a resident of Kent County (3 year minimum) who will be attending Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone, Davenport, GRCC, GVSU, or Kendall. Must have financial need and a 3.0 minimum GPA.
Dorothy J. Thurston Graduate ScholarshipStudent is a Kent Count resident (2 year minimum) pursuing full or part-time study at any accredited school in Michigan. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Dr. Noyes L. Avery, Jr. & Ann E. Avery ScholarshipStudent is a full time student from Kent County (3 year minimum) attending University of Michigan for a medical doctor degree (undergraduate or graduate level). Must have 3.0 GPA and financial need.
Dr. William E. & Norma Sprague ScholarshipStudent is full-time with a permanent residence in the Michigan counties of Kent, Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo or Athens County, Ohio, pursuing a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree at Ohio University. Must have financial need and minimum 3.0 GPA.
Economic Club of Grand Rapids ScholarshipStudent is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Business. Must be a resident of Kent or Ottawa County (3 year minimum) with financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Elmo Wierenga Alumni ScholarshipStudent is a senior at Ottawa Hills HS pursuing full-time undergraduate studies at any 2 or 4-year accredited school in the U.S. Must have financial need and a minimum 2.5 GPA.
General ScholarshipStudent is a resident of Kent County (3 year minimum) who will be attending Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone, Davenport, GRCC, GVSU, or Kendall. Must have financial need and a 3.0 minimum GPA.
Geraldine Geistert Boss ScholarshipStudent is a full-time student with financial need residing in Kent County (5 year minimum) and pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited college in Michigan. Must have a 3.0 GPA.
Gladys Snauble ScholarshipStudent is a senior at Cedar Springs HS and entering college in the Fall. Must have financial need.
Grand Rapids Scholarship AssociationStudent is a resident of Kent County (3 year minimum) who will be attending Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone, Davenport, GRCC, GVSU, or Kendall. Must have financial need and a 3.0 minimum GPA.
Guy D. & Mary Edith Halladay Graduate ScholarshipStudent is a Kent County resident (2 year minimum) and a graduate level student at a Michigan college. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Guy D. & Mary Edith Halladay Music ScholarshipStudent is a Kent County resident (2 year minimum) and a graduate or undergraduate level student majoring in Music at any college in the U.S. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Hackett Family ScholarshipStudent is a senior at or has graduated from any Grand Rapids Public high school and is an undergraduate attending an accredited college/university or skilled trade school of their choice. Preference is given to women of color.
Harry and Lucille Brown ScholarshipStudent is a resident of Kent County (3 year minimum) pursuing an undergraduate degree at any accredited college in the U.S. Must have financial need and a 3.3 minimum GPA.
Harry J. Morris, Jr. Emergency Services

Student is a resident of Kent, Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Ottawa, Montcalm, Muskegon, or Newaygo County pursuing an undergraduate certificate or degree at an accredited education program in Michigan in the field of emergency medical technician, paramedic, or firefighter training.  Must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average or verified GED certificate and demonstrate financial need.

Jack Family ScholarshipStudent is an undergraduate student residing in Kent County (3 year minimum) demonstrating financial need and a minimum 3.3 GPA.
Jackie Klinesteker Minority Scholarship

Students of color (African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander) residing in West Michigan with a declared major in a mental health-related field of study at an accredited college/university located within Michigan.  Graduate level students will be given first preference.  Must have financial need and a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average.  

Jacob R. & Mary M. VanLoo & Lenore K. VanLoo Scholarship

Student is a resident of Kent County (3 year minimum) who will be attending Grand Rapids Community College or Grand Valley State University.  Must have financial need and a 3.0 minimum GPA.

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John T. & Frances J. Maghielse ScholarshipStudent is a graduate of a Grand Rapids Public High School, a resident of Kent County, and currently pursuing full time undergraduate degree in the field of Education at any Michigan public or private college/university. Must have financial need and minimum 3.0 GPA.
Josephine Ringold ScholarshipStudent is a resident of Kent County (3 year minimum) who will be attending Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone, Davenport, GRCC, GVSU, or Kendall. Must have financial need and a 3.0 minimum GPA.
Joshua Esch Mitchell Aviation ScholarshipStudent is a United States citizen, enrolled full or part-time at a college or university in the United States providing an accredited flight science curriculum. Applicants must be second year students or above with a minimum 2.75 GPA pursuing studies in the field of professional pilot with an emphasis in general aviation, Aviation Management, or Aviation Safety. A valid pilot’s certificate (not to include a Student Certificate) is required. A letter of recommendation from a professional in the aviation field is required.
Keith C. VanderHyde ScholarshipStudent is a senior or graduate of Ottawa Hills HS pursuing a full time undergraduate degree, have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Ladies Literary Club ScholarshipStudent is a resident of Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Allegan, Montcalm or Barry County majoring in Literary Arts at any accredited Michigan college or university. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Lavina Laible ScholarshipStudent is a female student entering the 3rd year or above of undergraduate studies at University of Michigan. Must be a Kent County resident, have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Llewellyn L. Cayvan String Instrument ScholarshipStudent is an undergraduate or graduate level student studying the violin, viola, violoncello, or the bass viol. No residency or financial need requirements.
Margery J. Seeger ScholarshipStudent is a resident of Kent County (3 year minimum) pursuing an undergraduate degree at any accredited college in the U.S. Must have financial need and a 3.3 minimum GPA.
Mathilda & Carolyn Gallmeyer ScholarshipStudent is a Kent County resident (5 year minimum) pursuing undergraduate studies in painting/fine arts. Must demonstrate artistic talent, have financial need and a minimum 2.75 GPA.
Melbourne & Alice E. Frontjes ScholarshipStudent is a Kent County resident (3 year minimum) pursuing an undergraduate degree at Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University, GRCC, University of Michigan, or Michigan State University. Must demonstrate financial need and have a minimum 2.75 GPA.
Michael J. Wolf Scholarship

Student is a senior graduating from a Grand Rapids Public Schools High School, residing in the City of Grand Rapids pursuing an undergraduate degree at University of Michigan.  Must demonstrate financial need and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. 

Mildred E. Troske Music ScholarshipStudent is a Kent County resident (2 year minimum) studying music at a camp or undergraduate music majors. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship

Students of color (African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander) accepted to or presently attending an accredited law school within the US with a permanent residence in Michigan.  Must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be a citizen of the United States to apply.

Orrie & Dorothy Cassada ScholarshipStudent is a resident of Kent County (3 year minimum) who will be attending Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone, Davenport, GRCC, GVSU, or Kendall. Must have financial need and a 3.0 minimum GPA.
Patricia & Armen Oumedian ScholarshipStudent is a full-time student at Kettering or transferring from GRCC to Kettering. Must be a resident of West Michigan or currently be employed by a West Michigan Kettering Co-op employer, demonstrate financial need and have a minimum 3.0 (85) GPA.
Paul Collins ScholarshipStudent is an undergraduate level student studying Fine or Applied Arts at Aquinas, Calvin, GVSU, GRCC or Kendall. Must be a resident of Kent County, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, have financial need, and demonstrate artistic talent.
Peggy (Kommer) Novosad ScholarshipStudent is a resident of Kent County currently completing or possessing an undergraduate degree from GVSU or MSU and will be pursuing a full-time graduate or post-graduate degree in business or law at any accredited university in Michigan. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.5 GPA.
Robert L. & Hilda Treasure Mitchell ScholarshipStudent is a resident of Kent County (3 year minimum) pursuing an undergraduate degree at any accredited college in the U.S. Must have financial need and a 3.3 minimum GPA.
Roger and Jacquelyn Vander Laan Family ScholarshipStudent is a senior at South Christian High School entering a full time program in the fall at any accredited college, university, vocational, or technical school and majoring in healthcare, education, or business. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Ronald T. Smith Family Scholarship

Student is an employee of or spouse/domestic partner or child (natural, legally adopted, or step-child) of an employee of Bodycote Grand Rapids or Holland Plants (formerly known as Specialty Heat Treating Inc.)  pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at any accredited college/university or trade school in the U.S.  Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA

Sherman L. & Mabel C. Lepard ScholarshipStudent is a Kent County resident (3 year minimum) pursuing an undergraduate degree at any U.S. college. Must have financial need and minimum 3.3 GPA.
Stephen Lankester ScholarshipStudent is a Kent County resident (3 year minimum) attending an undergraduate program at a Michigan college. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Thomas D. Coffield ScholarshipStudent is a senior at Central High School entering a 2 or 4-year accredited college/university. Must have a 2.5 minimum GPA and demonstrate financial need.
U-M Alumnae Club (University of Michigan) ScholarshipStudent is a female undergraduate or graduate level student entering the 2nd year or above at the University of Michigan, with a permanent residency (3 year minimum) in Kent or adjoining counties of Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, or Ottawa. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Violet Wondergem Health Science ScholarshipStudent is a resident of Kent or Ottawa County majoring in a health service related field at any accredited Michigan college or university. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Virginia Valk Fehsenfeld ScholarshipStudent is a full-time undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Dietetics, Nutrition, Education, or general human services. Must be a resident of Kent County, have financial need, and a 3.4 minimum GPA.
Vivian M. Kommer ScholarshipStudent is a senior at West Catholic HS entering undergraduate studies in business or pre-law. Must demonstrate financial need and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Walter C. Winchester ScholarshipStudent is a senior graduating from a Grand Rapids Public High School. Must demonstrate need and have a minimum 3.3 GPA.
Warner Norcross & Judd Law School Scholarship

Students of color accepted to or presently attending an accredited law school within the U.S. with a permanent residence in Michigan or attending a Michigan Law School.

Warner Norcross & Judd Paralegal Assistant Scholarship

Students of color majoring in paralegal or legal secretarial studies at an accredited program. Must be a Michigan resident and demonstrate financial need.

Youth Enrichment Scholarship

Student is a high school senior who participated in the Youth Enrichment Scholarship Program from 4th through 8th grade. Must have financial need, a minimum 2.0 GPA and be accepted into an accredited college/university or technical school program.

Separate Application

Scholarships with specific criteria that require a separate application are listed below.

Scholarship NameCriteria
Alan R. Ryan Scholarship for Catholic High School Education

Student is an 8th grader at a Catholic school located in Kent County and will be entering 9th Grade at Catholic Central or West Catholic High School.  Applicant must have a minimum academic average of B or above and have financial need.  Applicants must also demonstrate interest in attending Aquinas college for post-secondary education.   

Dr. Patricia E. Newby Close Up Scholarship Fund

Student is a Grand Rapids Public School student planning to attend the Close Up program in Washington and/or its international affiliation. Must be accepted into the Close Up Program, demonstrate financial need, have a minimum 2.5 GPA and provide a recommendation letter from a teacher.

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Economic Club Business Study Abroad Scholarship

Student is a full-time second year or above undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Business and will be studying abroad through a public college or university. Must be a resident of Kent, Allegan, Ottawa, or Muskegon County (3 year minimum) or a resident student at a public college/university in the West Michigan area (2 year minimum) with financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Edwin E. Doyle Scholarship

Student is a high school senior at Lowell High School with financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applications are available in March by contacting the Lowell High School Student Services Office 897-4125 and are due the 3rd Friday in March.

Englehardt Scholarship

Student is a senior attending Lowell High School (no residency limitation) or senior attending any public, private, charter, or home-based school and reside in the City of Lowell, Township of Lowell, or Township of Vergennes who will be a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited school. Must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applications are available in March by contacting the Lowell High School Student Services Office at 897-4125 and are due the 3rd Friday in March.

Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship (for team members and their children)

Student is a team member or a child of a team member who has been employed for a least one year at the time of the application deadline. Team members may be full- or part-time attending college full- or part time as an undergraduate level student with financial need. Children of team members must be full-time undergraduate level student with financial need.

Gerald M. Crane Music Award Scholarship

Student is a high school music student in Kent or Ottawa County requesting money for music lessons, seminars, workshops, summer enrichment programs, music concerts, instruments, books, vocal music lessons or any other kinds of musical materials. The award money may not be used for undergraduate college tuition. 

Grand Rapids Combined Theatre Scholarships

Student is a full-time theatre arts major at an accredited college/university with theatre experience at one of the local community theatres. Must provide three letters of recommendation and have financial need.