Scholarship Stories: GRCC Foundation support helped Veronika Frei cover expenses, continue with her education

For Veronika Frei, her GRCC Foundation scholarship was a timely surprise.

“After being temporarily unemployed with no money coming in, I was in a bind,” she said of the pandemic lockdown. “The scholarship made it possible to pay daily bills like groceries, gas and my phone bill!”

Frei was one of 10 GRCC students to receive the new AT&T Aspire program scholarship. Funded by the AT&T Foundation, it’s one of more than 300 scholarships available by completing just one application.

The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation plans to distribute $1.4 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students this year, and the priority deadline is March 15. The application and additional information can be found at

“I was overwhelmed with joy when I saw the email,” said Frei, who plans to become a high school art teacher. “Knowing that I did not need to worry about my financial needs for a month or two, was a huge relief. GRCC looks out for their students and I am extremely grateful for their help.”

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