Around 250 medical students each year will benefit from a new scholarship fund at Grand Rapids Community College.
Spectrum Health and GRCC have partnered to create the GRCC Health Care Professionals Education Scholarship Fund for students interested in health sciences or healthcare careers.
The fund was created after Spectrum Health purchased a $5 million parcel of land from the college, the college’s former football field and track at the corner of Barclay Avenue and Lyon Street. The land measures approximately 2.3 acres.
“We are pleased to partner with GRCC to create opportunities for students who may not otherwise have the financial resources to pursue a healthcare degree,” said Spectrum Health President & CEO Richard C. Breon in a press release. “The partnership also helps strengthen the economic health of our region and ensures we have a pipeline of health care workers.”
Spectrum Health has agreed to set aside $7 million in a long-term fund that will distribute $350,000 annually to the GRCC Foundation that will award the scholarships. Administrators say the program will strengthen the relationship between GRCC and Spectrum Health designed to address the need of health care professionals in Grand Rapids.
“Scholarships are many times the difference between students being able to complete their academic studies, or not,” said GRCC President Steven Ender in a press release. “We are thrilled to partner with Spectrum Health to establish this scholarship fund in support of students pursuing a career in health care so that we may continue making a positive impact on our community.”
The scholarships will be available beginning in the 2017-18 academic year.