Grand Rapids Promise Zone Scholarship
- Have you been enrolled at an eligible Grand Rapids high school since the beginning of 11th grade?*
- Will you graduate?
- Do you live in the City of Grand Rapids?
If you answered yes to all three of these questions, you can get the Promise Zone scholarship!
*If you have been enrolled at an eligible high school and have lived in the City of Grand Rapids since the start of 10th grade, you are eligible for 100% of the scholarship.
If you have been enrolled at an eligible high school and lived in the City of Grand Rapids since the start of 11th grade, you are eligible for 50% of the scholarship.
What does eligible for 50% or 100% mean?
The scholarship covers up to 60 credit hours (or 30 credit hours for 50% eligible students) at GRCC, which is the number of credits to earn most associates degrees offered at the college.
The scholarship also covers many GRCC Job Training certificate programs. Some programs are eligible for a full allocation and others are eligible for partial allocation. Please visit grpromisezone.com (link is external) for more information.
What does the scholarship cover?
- Tuition and fees
- Required course materials (based on instructor syllabi)
Does the scholarship expire?
You have five years from your high school graduation to utilize the scholarship, or until you reach your eligible credit hour limit (60 or 30 credits)—whichever happens first.
Do I have to enroll full-time?
No, students can attend college part-time. However, while enrolled in college, students must register for at least 6 credit hours per semester. Students can enroll for less than 6 credit hours in the summer semester.
Additional questions? Contact the Promise Zone Director at email@example.com or 616-234-4321.
1. Apply to Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) at grcc.edu/apply (link is external).
GRCC is an open-door institution. This means anyone can get access to a high-quality education that will set them up for a great career, or get them ready to transfer to a four-year college or university!
2. Submit your high school transcripts and your SAT scores.*
Transcripts and SAT scores should be submitted to the GRCC Enrollment Center.
Mail: GRCC Admissions, 143 Bostwick NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
You may need to complete the GRCC placement test based on your high school transcript and SAT scores. Don't worry! It's not a pass or fail test. GRCC will simply use the results to help you decide which courses to take first.
*If you are pursuing an 18-week job training program, you will be asked to complete the ACT WorkKeys assessment. SAT scores are not required for the job training programs. Visit grcc.edu/jobtraining (link is external) for more information about the enrollment process.
3. Complete the FAFSA: fafsa.gov (link is external)
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to be eligible for the Promise Zone Scholarship. Don't be concerned if you get selected for FAFSA verification. Turn in the additional documents requested right away, and before the semester starts.
If you have concerns about filing a FAFSA or you are unable to complete a FAFSA, please contact the Promise Zone Director via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 616-234-4321.
4. Register for GRCC New Student Orientation: grcc.edu/newstudent (link is external)
During orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.
5. Attend college!
Ave Maria University
Ave Maria is hosting their annual Fall Fest on Saturday, October 10, 2020, to educate juniors and seniors about the generous scholarship opportunities for Ave Mara University. This event is free, but registration is necessary to attend. Please click HERE for registration and more information.
Grace Christian University
Deadline: October 30, 2020
Grace Christian University is offering a $600 scholarship. For more information click HERE.
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- Practice for the SAT ($1,000)
- Improve Your Score ($2,000)
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- Complete the FAFSA ($1,000)
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Deadline: April 30, 2021
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Deadline: November 10, 2020
Info/Apply: spirit.prudential.com/apply/2021 (link is external)
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