New Michigan Achievement Scholarship could help make college more accessible, covering most of the cost of GRCC tuition

The new Michigan Achievement Scholarship could provide future Grand Rapids Community College students with $2,750 a year to help cover the cost of tuition, helping to remove financial barriers to getting a life-changing college education.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today launched a website with information about the new scholarships, available to high school students graduating in 2023.

“Community colleges are proudly an affordable, accessible option for students looking for a quality education. But so many high school grads continue to face financial obstacles,” said GRCC Interim President Juan Olivarez. “The new Michigan Achievement Scholarship can make a college dream a reality, covering most of the cost of a full year at a community college. That’s great for students, and also strengthens our greater community and state.”

To be eligible, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA. GRCC has a FAFSA Hotline – (616) 234-4030 – with specialists available to answer questions about the form. Students also can make appointments to connect with specialists in person, virtually or over the phone at grcc.edu/financialaid. Specialists can be reached via email at financialaid@grcc.edu.

The $2,750 will cover much of GRCC’s tuition and fees. Students can potentially receive additional support through federal Pell Grants, which could help students cover additional expenses, such as transportation and childcare.

Gov. Whitmer last month signed bipartisan legislation creating the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, supporting her Sixty by 30 goal to see 60 percent of the state’s adults earn a skill certificate or college degree by 2030. 

“For too long, high costs have been a barrier to higher education,” Whitmer said. “I am so excited that we worked across the aisle to establish the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, lowering the cost of college by thousands of dollars a year for the vast majority of graduating seniors, starting with the class of 2023. All students need to do to get their Michigan Achievement Scholarship is fill out their FAFSA. I encourage every student going to community college, private college, or a public university in Michigan to speak with their parents or guardian, get their documents together, and fill out their FAFSA to save thousands of dollars.”

Students are eligible for annual scholarships up to $2,750 at a community college, renewable for three years. Students are eligible for $4,000 at a private college or university, and $5,500 at a public university, each renewable for five years.

“The Michigan Achievement Scholarship will make additional education possible for the majority of Michigan’s new college students after they earn their high school diploma or equivalency,” said Sarah Szurpicki, director of the Office of Sixty by 30. “This scholarship is game-changing for Michigan families. Creating more pathways to education beyond high school means creating more pathways for Michigan students, families, and businesses to succeed.”

Additional information about state financial aid opportunities is available at Michigan.gov/MIStudentAid.

Brockton Kohler’s 24 points help lead the GRCC men’s basketball team to 113-55 win in season opener

Brockton Kohler’s 24 points help lead the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team to a convincing 113-55 win on opening night Wednesday over the Olivet junior varsity team.

Kohler, a shooting guard from Greenville, was 8 for 10 overall and 7 of 8 from behind the arc.

GRCC dominated in every statistical category, including overall field goal percentage (58.2 percent), three-point field goal percentage (40.7 percent), and rebounding with a 58-24 advantage.

All 11 GRCC players scored in the game.

Danyel Bibbs had 19 points and game-high seven assists.  Coleman Clark was 8 for 12 from the floor for 17 points.  Herman Brown had 13 points.

The team’s next game is Nov. 4 at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse against the junior varsity squad from Cornerstone University.  Tip-off is 6:30 p.m.  

Applying for a grant: Learn about our process

Interested in applying for a grant? Your first step is to contact the Grants Department! 

We are the college-wide point of contact that manages all aspects of grant-seeking and grant administration to ensure that projects are developed and managed in compliance with the sponsor’s terms and College policies.

As a full-service department, we’re here to assist you and your team with all things grant-related.

As such, please be reminded that no work should begin on a grant until the Grants Department has been contacted. 

Want to learn about our process? Check out our new Grant Development Guide.

Mental Health First Aid: Day long training experience for GRCC employees

There are spots still available for this valuable day-long training experience. Sign up today!


11/16/2022, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour learning opportunity session that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in adults (ages 18 and older). The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or is experiencing a crisis.

Participants in the previous MHFA trainings at GRCC had this to say about their experience:

“This training required the participants to step out of their comfort zone and have somewhat uncomfortable but necessary conversations regarding mental health. Conversation and sharing helped me realize that my own experiences were not that different than those of others in the group.” 

“I took this workshop to be sure I was using the correct verbage and steps necessary to assist a student appropriately in a crisis situation.  I had always wondered if I was saying the right things to them and was I taking the right steps to assist a student in a crisis. I was glad to find out that I was saying the right things and taking correct actions and I was also able to practice a discussion with a pretend student in a suicide crisis. Which I found it was not easy for me, but now I know what I must say and take action.”

“The Mental Health First Aid training is a valuable opportunity for all employees at GRCC. The training is beneficial for the work we do at the College as well as within our personal lives.”

“I’m glad to see training provided on another facet of first aid. If training exists for first responders to physical crisis, it makes sense that we are trained for those in mental/psychological crisis.”
Lunch will be provided.

Presented by staff from Pine Rest. 

Register for this session via your Online Center account.