Giving Tuesday: Supporting the GRCC Foundation will help more students overcome obstacles to success


GRCC Commencement ceremonies Ford Fieldhouse on Friday, April 27,2022. © Photography by Steve Jessmore, Steve Jessmore Photography

Fabiola Carrillo Esparza wasn’t sure she’d be able to obtain a college education until a Grand Rapids Community College Foundation scholarship helped her overcome financial obstacles, attend full time and graduate.

“I want to thank the donors of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation, who have faith in us and support our education,” she said. “I want you to know that it was a big blessing for me, and I am sure it has been – and will continue to be – for many others.”

Esparza was one of 1,642 students who were awarded GRCC Foundation scholarships in 2020-2021. Today, on Giving Tuesday, the foundation is asking for support to help the next generations of students succeed.

“GRCC is proud to serve all types of learners – high school graduates just starting out, adults making a second try at higher education, and those building skills to change careers,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Mullins, vice president of College Advancement and executive director of the GRCC Foundation.

“Wherever their educational journeys might take them, whether it is right in the workforce or to another institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree or beyond, their paths intersected right here at GRCC. Opportunities are made; skills are learned and friendships forged. It all begins at GRCC.”

The foundation awarded $1.3 million in scholarships in 2020-2021. But the need is still great. Of the 3,209 who applied for scholarships, 1,567 did not receive awards. Foundation leaders are looking to close that gap and remove finances as an obstacle to attending college.

There are many ways to support the foundation and the students it assists. Support can happen through one-time gifts, recurring bank or credit card donations, stocks, and even through wills. To view all the ways to give, please visit the foundation donation webpage.

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