Education

Academic Achievement

We strive for educational equity, where race, ethnicity and first-generation status are not predictive of post-secondary enrollment, persistence and degree or credential attainment.

Recent Grants From this Area

Recipient

Amount

Date

Purpose

  • Diatribe

    Amount Awarded: $106,929

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2022

    To empower students to become advocates by fostering their voice through 1-1 and small group support, identifying opportunities, and creating space for students to use their voice to hold education systems accountable. This partnership was made possible by the Challenge Scholars Fund.

  • Education Trust Midwest

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2022

    To support continued engagement in the Michigan Partnership for Equity and Opportunity, a statewide coalition of civil rights, social justice, civic, and business leaders working to promote educational equity for all Michigan students. This partnership was made possible by the Challenge Scholars Fund.

  • Urban Core Collective

    Amount Awarded: $105,100

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2022

    To support the Kent County Education Justice Initiative, which will develop grassroots leaders and design structures that support those leaders in applying their gifts to hold education systems accountable to their constituencies. This partnership was made possible by the Challenge Scholars Fund.

  • Kent School Services Network

    Amount Awarded: $200,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2022

    Ongoing support for the community school model in the 14 GRPS partner schools, with an emphasis on implementing new family engagement strategies and increasing student attendance. This partnership was made possible by the Healthy Youth & Healthy Seniors Fund, Cherry (Mrs. James) Carpenter Fund for Children, and George M. Ames Fund.

  • Grand Rapids Public Schools

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2021

    To support expanded stakeholder engagement in Grand Rapids Public School's Strategic Planning process. This partnership was made possible by the William H. and Inetta P. Martindill Fund.

  • Young Money Finances

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2021

    To empower teens to take control of their finances through culturally responsive financial education. This partnership was made possible by the George M. Ames Fund.

  • Grand Rapids Public Schools

    Amount Awarded: $187,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    Part of an ongoing relationship to promote post-secondary readiness, access, and success for all students. The support includes funding for Challenge Scholars programming at Harrison Park, Westwood Middle School, and Union High School.

  • Grand Rapids Public Schools

    Amount Awarded: $240,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    Part of an ongoing relationship to promote post-secondary readiness, access, and success for all students. The support includes funding for Challenge Scholars programming at Harrison Park, Westwood Middle School, and Union High School.

  • Various Organizations

    Amount Awarded: $140,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2020

    To support organizations working together to implement best practices for providing in-person, academic support of K-12 students and families doing virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Organizations include Baxter Community Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth, Bridge Street Ministries, Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities, New City Kids, The Other Way Ministries and YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.

  • Kent School Services Network

    Amount Awarded: $500,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To support the community school model that ensures students have access to physical health, mental health, and human services within their schools.

  • United Methodist Community House

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To explore opportunities for program and operational growth.