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Sunday, 07 June 2015 22:00

GRCF raises $33.6 million for scholarship endowment

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The Grand Rapids Community Foundation beat its initial $32 million goal for the first phase of a scholarship endowment fund, the organization announced last month.

In a gathering May 27 at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, executives at the Community Foundation said they had successfully raised $33.6 million from individuals, foundations and corporations around West Michigan for its Challenge Scholars program.

The program was created in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Schools to offer support for students at Harrison Park and Westwood Middle Schools. The services include academic, health and social services support.

“What I love about Challenge Scholars is how it comprehensively addresses the issues facing our students who are the first in their families to go to college,” campaign co-chair Meg Miller Willit said in a statement.

Students from the two schools funnel into Union High School and, upon graduation, will receive scholarships through Challenge Scholars to attend any Michigan public college or university, as well as select private institutions.

Many local colleges and universities pledged to provide funds to the program for students that would be attending their schools. Participating institutions included Aquinas College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.

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