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The Grand Rapids Promise Zone Scholarship

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, Sept. 2020: The Grand Rapids Promise Zone Scholarship is providing a free, Grand Rapids Community College education to 251 students this fall. This marks the first semester for Grand Rapids Promise Zone students to be enrolled at GRCC. The scholarship covers eligible students costs of attending GRCC for up to 60 credit hours.


“It was just one year ago that the Promise Zone Board came together for the first time to begin the process of envisioning what a promise scholarship could look like in Grand Rapids,” says Teresa Weatherall Neal, Chairperson of the Grand Rapids Promise Zone Authority Board. “Because of the dedication of the Board, the 24 participating high schools, GRCC, and the funding community, students from Grand Rapids are now attending GRCC tuition free. This opportunity really is a game changer for our community’s students and families.”


The Grand Rapids Promise Zone Scholarship ensures all eligible students who live within the city of Grand Rapids and graduate from one of the 24 public, public charter, or private high schools located within the city limits of Grand Rapids will have free access to Grand Rapids Community College’s Associate’s Degree programs or their job training and certification programs.


Eligible students have five years to access these funds from the time they graduate high school, and once enrolled must take at least six credits a semester. Students who opt to attend a different college or university can still use the Promise Zone scholarship as a guest student during the summer semesters.


GRCC has more than 150 degrees divided into 10 Academic Pathways. Students can explore pre-major degrees that will transfer seamlessly to a four-year university, or train for a career in the skilled trades.


Students eligible for the Promise Zone Scholarship meet the following criteria:

1.     Live in the City of Grand Rapids

2.     Enrolled at an eligible Grand Rapids high school

3.     Graduated, or planning to graduate, from an eligible Grand Rapids high school


“We’re proud of our strong start and hope to see Promise Zone recipients continue to enroll at GRCC.” says Promise Zone director, Evan Macklin. “We want to make this scholarship easily accessible to all City of Grand Rapids seniors so we can continue to support students and strengthen our city through higher education.”


If you’re eligible for the Promise Zone Scholarship or know someone who is considering enrolling, please note that GRCC has launched a variety of late-starting 10-week and 7-week courses for the Fall 2020 semester. There are job-training programs beginning in October and December and GRCC's winter semester starts Monday, January 11, 2021.


Interested in applying? Learn more at grpromisezone.com or contact the Promise Zone director at promisezone@grcc.edu.





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