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General Application Scholarship available to all GRCC students: one application for over 300 scholarships

New installation of a wooden GRCC wall on the 4th floor of Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall. (Breegan Petruska/The Collegiate)

By Jessika Perez

Every year Grand Rapids Community College students have the opportunity to apply for over 300 scholarships by submitting one form. The General College Scholarship for the 2022 – 2023 academic year is open and can be found here.

Once on the webpage, students can log in using their MyGRCC credentials. This is the same as the Online Portal login students use to access Blackboard, Online Center, Grades, etc.

The application itself is straightforward and asks for personal information as well as other criteria such as degree and career plans, activities such as extracurriculars, sports, or community service. Students can expect to fill out a few short essays among the fields of checkboxes.

The form will be open and remain accessible for edits through the priority deadline: midnight, March 15.

“Late applications are considered for aid if any funding remains after our priority applications have been awarded,” GRCC’s Scholarships Coordinator Sarah Laycock explained.

During the 2020-21 school year, GRCC awarded a total of $1.3 million in scholarships.

The 2021-22 academic year is still active through the summer semester but the school plans to again award over $1 million.

The Collegiate interviewed Annette Gomez, an 18-year-old student worker from Holland making headway on her pre-social work degree at the Lakeshore Campus. She plans on transferring to a four-year university.

“It wasn’t hard to do,” Gomez said. “Basically you fill out one application for many scholarships that are offered. It took 30 minutes at most. They ask you what you did in high school; extracurricular activities that you did, or any programs that you were a part of. If you were part of the US Army… stuff like that.”

Griffin Peterson, 20, from Grand Haven was not aware of the general application scholarship.

“I’m definitely considering looking into that,” Peterson said. “Most of my school is paid for through my company, though. It’s nice.”

Laycock informed that the school’s three year average of applicants is 2,800 students.

“Awards range from eight hundred dollars to $4k per year,” she shared. “Last aid year 1,015 unique students were awarded.”

The GRCC Financial Aid office will be reviewing and making selections among the applicants. This part of the process may take several weeks, and students should not expect rejection emails.

Notification of award offers will be sent to student emails and will be reflected in the Online Center.

Late applications are considered for aid if any funding remains after the priority applications have been awarded, per Laycock.

More information on financial aid can be found on the GRCC Pay for College webpage and any questions can be directed to the GRCC Financial Aid department: (616) 234-4030 or financialaid@grcc.edu.

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