Challenge Scholars and Our Community Foundation


The Challenge Scholars program opens up a brand new world of possibilities to thousands of future West Side students by supporting their education beginning in 6th grade, and promising a free college or trade school education when they reach high school graduation.

Stakeholders of Challenge Scholars carefully chose the best practices to provide the right incentives to build a college-going culture throughout the K-12 system.

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation enrolled the first class of Challenge Scholars in 2014. Working together, the Community Foundation and Grand Rapids Public Schools staff designed a highly targeted, ambitious program for students in our West Side community.

These schools include Harrison Park, Westwood Middle School, and Union High School. Each school has both great need, and great potential.

The ambassadors of Challenge Scholars are family members and caring adults who serve as motivators and spokespeople in the participating schools. They inform other parents how to enroll their children, and help with events.

Challenge Scholars also has a number of higher education partners including Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College, Ferris State University, and Grand Rapids Community College.

Find out how you can help Challenge Scholars by donating your time or monetary support.

By supporting Challenge Scholars, you are investing in the future of our students, and enriching civic engagement in our community.

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