More than a Scholarship,

an Opportunity.

Free higher education for all eligible Grand Rapids students who enroll at Grand Rapids Community College.

Welcome to the Promise Zone Scholarship

The Grand Rapids Promise Zone Scholarship covers the cost of GRCC tuition, fees and textbooks. Whether you plan to transfer to a four-year university or join the workforce, GRCC’s degree and job training certificate programs offer something for every student, every interest, every future.


Do you live in the Grand Rapids Public Schools service area?


Do you attend
a high school in the 
City of Grand Rapids?


Keep up the good work.
As soon as you graduate, you’re a Promise Zone Student!

The Grand Rapids Promise Zone Scholarship ensures that all eligible students who live within the Grand Rapids Public Schools service area and graduate from one of the 25 public, public charter, or private high schools located within the City of Grand Rapids have free access to Grand Rapids Community College’s Associate’s degree and job training and certification programs.

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Access Your Scholarship in 5 Easy Steps

1. Apply to GRCC

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.

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2. Submit your high school transcripts & SAT scores*

Transcript and SAT scores should be submitted to the GRCC Student Services:


Fax: 616-234-3200

Mail: GRCC Admission
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 for more information about the enrollment process.
3. Complete the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to be eligible for the Promise Zone Scholarship. We realize not everyone can file a FAFSA. 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 or by phone at (616) 234-4321.

Don’t be concerned if you get selected for FAFSA verification. Turn in the additional documents requested right away, before the semester starts.

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4. Register for GRCC New Student Orientation

During orientation you will meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.

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5. Attend college!

Congratulations and welcome to the GRCC family!

We are excited to have you join our campus community.

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Enrolled or enrolling at a four-year college or university?

Use your Promise Zone Scholarship to earn transferable credits when you apply to GRCC as a guest student.

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Eligible Promise Zone High Schools

To receive the full Grand Rapids Promise Zone Scholarship, you must reside within the Grand Rapids Public Schools service area, attend one of the high schools listed below since 10th grade, and graduate from one of the high schools listed below. Please note: Attendance at one of the below schools and residence within the GRPS service area must be continuous from 10th grade through graduation in order to receive the full scholarship.

C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy

Grace Christian Academy

Grand Rapids City High School

Grand Rapids Learning Center

Grand Rapids Montessori High School

Grand Rapids Public Museum School

Grand Rapids University Prep

Innovation Central High School

Ottawa Hills High School

Southeast Career Pathways

Southwest Community Campus High School

Union High School

Grand Rapids Adventist Academy

Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School

Grand Rapids Christian High School

Grand Rapids Covenant House Academy

Hope Academy of West Michigan

NorthPointe Christian High School

NexTech High School

Plymouth Christian High School

Sacred Heart Academy High School

Wellspring Preparatory High School

West Catholic High School

West Michigan Aviation Academy

Lake Michigan Academy

If you moved to Grand Rapids and started attending one of these schools in 11th grade, you still qualify for 50% of the Promise Zone scholarship.

How Much Are You Eligible For?

Continuously Attended and Graduated from a Promise Zone-Eligible High School & Resided Within the Grand Rapids Public Schools Service Area

Scholarship Amount

Before 10th Grade


Before 11th Grade


12th Grade



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Promise Zone Director Ashlee Mishler and the GRCC team look forward to answering all of your Promise Zone questions—from enrollment to course selection and everything in between!
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