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GRCC plans virtual information sessions students qualifying for free Promise Zone Scholarship

Group of Ottawa Hills students that are impacted by Grand Rapids Community College's Promise Zone. (Photo credit to GRCC's Communications Team)

By Kory Goldsmith

Grand Rapids Community College will be hosting four virtual information meetings explaining to families how a student in their family can attend GRCC without cost through a Promise Zone Scholarship.

The four virtual information sessions planned for Oct. 29, Nov. 12, Dec. 3, and Dec. 17. All four sessions are from 6-7 p.m. These sessions are to help families plan for the 2021 winter semester and beyond.

To be eligible for the Promise Zone scholarship, the student must live in the City of Grand Rapids, be enrolled in one of the 24 eligible Grand Rapids high schools which includes private and charter high schools, and who have or are planning to graduate high school. 

The eligible student will have five years from the time they graduate high school to complete their 60 credits for their associate or job training and certification programs. The student must take at least six credits a semester. If the student opt to attend a different college or university, the recipient can use the scholarship as a GRCC guest student during the summer semester.

The recipients of the Promise Zone Scholarship will each be assigned an academic advisor and a student success coach while at GRCC to help them with an individualized plan and development of time management and test-taking skills.

Students enrolled through the scholarship program will also have student care teams who will support them. which GRCC created with the Michigan College Action Network.

GRCC welcomed 251 students through the Promise Zone Scholarship this fall.

“GRCC is ready to help families learn more about the Promise Zone Scholarships, and how a quality GRCC education can change lives,” stated GRCC President Bill Pink in a press release. “The scholarship removes cost as an obstacle. GRCC is providing support, including success coaches, to remove other obstacles. Together, we will help families take advantage of this remarkable opportunity.”

Those interested in attending one of the four virtual information sessions, can register by clicking here, emailing promisezone@grcc.edu, or calling 616-234-4321.