More than a Scholarship,
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.
Access Your Scholarship in 5 Easy Steps
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.
Get started at: grcc.edu/apply
2. Submit your high school transcripts & SAT scores*
Transcript and SAT scores should be submitted to the GRCC Student Services:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Get started at StudentAid.gov
During orientation you will meet with an academic advisor and register for classes.
Register at grcc.edu/Orientation
Congratulations and welcome to the GRCC family!
We are excited to have you join our campus community.
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.
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
Before 10th Grade
Before 11th Grade
Use the form below to request more information:
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