My GRCC Story: Morgan Brink says Michigan Reconnect provided ‘launchpad’ to earn a college degree, reinvent herself

Morgan Brink smiling, standing with husband and two children on a bridge.

School was never Morgan Brink’s thing.

“Honestly, I barely graduated from high school,” said Brink, now 32. “But today, I’m taking Honors classes at Grand Rapids Community College — and I’m actually on the Dean’s List!”

So, why the turnaround? Brink credits her new love of learning to three things: maturity, a strict homework schedule and Michigan Reconnect.

Michigan Reconnect is a state scholarship program that provides free in-district tuition for those 25 and older who don’t already have a college degree. This fall, 998 students enrolled at GRCC through Reconnect.

The scholarships are changing the lives of people all over the state.

“After my husband and I lost our screen-printing business during the pandemic, I knew I had to reinvent myself,” said Brink, who lives in Wyoming with her husband, Brandon, and their two children, 5-year-old Thea and 2-year-old Beau.

“As a mom, you really don’t want to take away resources from your kids. But thanks to Reconnect, I can get my degree for free, and it won’t be a financial burden on my family.”

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