Head Start receives $675K grant to launch ‘Grow Your Own’ project
Dec. 19, 2016; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Head Start for Kent County received a three-year, $675,000, grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to promote the success of kids through a “Grow Your Own” project that will help staff earn degrees and launch a Parent Leadership program.
… She said the nonprofit, located at 2626 Walker Ave. NW, has agreements with Aquinas College, Central Michigan University and Grand Rapids Community College to provide courses on site potentially as early as this March, making it more convenient for their staff.
April Shirey, president of the GRCC Chapter of the International Geographical Honor Society, was recently awarded the Hruby Scholarship, which guarantees she will pay no more than 50 percent of the tuition for completion of the B.A. in Geography at Aquinas College. April is the third nontraditional GRCC Geography student in recent years to receive the Hruby Scholarship, which is awarded in recognition of exemplary leadership and service in our community. She also received the Dr. Phillip Sigal Peace and Justice Memorial Scholarship, which was awarded by the GRCC English Department, for completion of the Associate Degree. In addition to demonstrating leadership and service through the honor society, April presents papers at academic conferences, provides academic tutoring to students in a number of disciplines, and works as a production coordinator for events taking place throughout the U.S. She intends to begin studies at Aquinas in August 2017.