Grand Rapids Community Foundation provides $62,000 in scholarships to GRCC students



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Aug. 11, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. As the Grand Rapids Community Foundation celebrates breaking the $1-million mark in scholarships, Grand Rapids Community College is pleased to note that $62,000 of that amount went to its students.

This year, the foundation provided 642 scholarships, with 44 of those awards going to GRCC students, including Gabriel Orduna. He has received three scholarships, totaling $3,500. Orduna, a 2012 graduate from the Grand Rapids School of Health Science and Technology, plans to get an associate degree in radiologic technology from GRCC and eventually become an MRI technologist. He’s also pursuing a welding minor from GRCC.

“My dream is to work within the Medical Mile and give back to my community of Grand Rapids and my school of Health Science and Technology,” he said. “Without the funding I’ve received from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation over the years, none of this would be possible for me. I rely on scholarships to help pay for my tuition and put me into those classrooms every semester. Without the assistance the foundation’s given me, I don’t know where I’d be today. The Grand Rapids Community Foundation is helping my dreams become reality.”

GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender said the community foundation is a valuable resource for students, in addition to the many generous donors who provide scholarship opportunities to students through the college’s foundation. To learn more about GRCC scholarships, click here.

“Our students are always grateful, not only for the financial help, but for the faith and confidence that all of these scholarships represent,” he said.

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation is proud to celebrate all of these scholarship recipients as it marks its achievement of the $1-million benchmark, said Ruth Bishop, GRCF education program officer.

“Surpassing the $1-million mark is a huge milestone for us and our community,” she said. “Our scholarship program shows tremendous growth and impact year-after-year.”

Grand Rapids Community Foundation leads Kent County in making positive, sustainable change. With its endowment, it supports local nonprofits, leads significant social change and helps donors achieve their philanthropic goals. For more information, click here.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, as well as at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.