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My Town: Grand Rapids Community Foundation reaches scholarship milestone
My Town: Grand Rapids Community Foundation reaches scholarship milestone

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Grand Rapids Community Foundation has broken the $1 million mark for scholarships this year alone.

The organization says for the first time in history, it awarded 642 scholarships totaling $1,099,400.  That’s more than double the amount of funding it distributed just six years ago.

 “Surpassing the one million dollar mark is a huge milestone for us and our community,” said Community Foundation Education Program Officer Ruth Bishop. “Our scholarship program shows tremendous growth and impact year after year.”

One person who has benefitted from the GRCF’s scholarship program is Brian Burt.  He graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 2000, and with the foundation’s support, is on his way to receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

 “It was significant and symbolic to receive the Community Foundation scholarship—knowing that someone outside my family valued and affirmed my dreams,” said Burt. “It was the support I needed.”

Five new scholarships debuted this year, including:

  • Rosemary Cook Education Scholarship – for a Grand Rapids Public Schools graduate pursuing an education major
  •  Harry J. Morris Jr. Emergency Services Scholarship – for a local resident pursuing emergency service training
  • National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) West Michigan Scholarship – for a local resident pursuing business/finance major
  • Allan R. Ryan Scholarship – for a Kent County 8th grader who is matriculating to either Catholic Central or West Catholic High School; renewable throughout high school and continuing on if the “Ryan Scholar” chooses to attend Aquinas College
  • Gretchen Slack Appelt and Doris Ann Slack Scholarship – for a current female student at the University of Michigan 

For more information, visit the Grand Rapids Community Foundation's website here

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