Salute to Women deadline extended to February 1

The Salute to Women Award honors GRCC women who are exemplary in their roles as professionals, volunteers, or agents of change. Each year, this award celebrates the diversity of women’s accomplishments at the college and encourages young women to pursue pathways to achievement.

Nominations for the 2019 Salute to Women Awards must be submitted by February 1, 2019!

Nomination Categories:

  • GRCC Alumna
  • GRCC Employee
  • GRCC Student
  • GRCC Former Employee

Recipient Criteria*:

  • Commitment to community service as evidenced by time and resources given.
  • Achievement within her profession or community noted by her impact, demonstrated success recognition by her peers, and the difference she makes to others.
  • Leadership indicated by her innovation, strength, flexibility, and risk-taking.
  • Empowers and inspires other women as a mentor, role model, and friend.
  • Has a positive impact on and is involved with students.

* Not all suggested criteria are necessary, nor is this list intended to be limiting.

Online nomination form is online on our website:


GRCC In the News, 9-29-16

Nothing gets lost in translation when Young Farmer Award winner speaks

Sept. 28, 2016; Michigan Farm News

SPARTA — Upon graduating from Grand Valley State University with triplet undergraduate degrees in international business, economics and Spanish, Nick Schweitzer had to make a difficult choice — accept a job offer from the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America or return to the farm to start digging in the dirt.

… Jose (Meza), who was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, came to the U.S. at age 5. He is currently attending Grand Rapids Community College and hopes to return to Grand Valley State to complete his business degree. He said he and Nick talk about college, and he considers Nick a trusted friend whom he seeks advice from.

Speaking out: GRCC’s policy supporting transgender students creates safe learning environment

Sept. 29, 2016;

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has awarded me my most cherished opportunities and milestones. In April of this year, I was the first in my family to receive a college degree. I was also recently awarded The 2016 Women’s Salute Award, an honor given on behalf of the Bob and Alecia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. I was chosen out of 18,000 students and presented with this award thanks to my volunteerism and mentorship in our community.

(This article was written by GRCC alum Beau VanSolkema.)