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Kicking Off the College Experience

Three years ago, Grand Rapids Community Foundation staff members developed an idea for a three-day camp session solely for students in the Challenge Scholars program. They hoped camp would unite students from both Harrison Park and Westwood Middle School in an outdoor setting. Here they could have fun, get to know one another and develop the all-important relationships that carry young students through the school year.

¡Challenge Scholars es cada vez más inclusivo!

Challenge Scholars reconoce que no es nada fácil alcanzar una carrera universitaria profesional. Hemos tenido la oportunidad de ver a padres esforzarse sin descansar para proveer mejores oportunidades para sus hijos. Hemos visto la determinación de los estudiantes trabajando duro por un futuro brillante. Reconocemos y celebramos el empeño de los maestros guiando y preparando a nuestros estudiantes para una vida llena de éxitos.  

Challenge Scholars is becoming more inclusive!

Challenge Scholars is expanding, now working closely with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) to ensure all Union High School students, beginning with the class of 2020, have the opportunity to reach and afford college.  The changes to the Challenge Scholars program will help to continue the progress at Union High School to ensure all students have a college or career opportunity after they graduate.

 

Contact

Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Cris Kutzli, Challenge Scholars Co-Director, Program & Evaluation, 616.454.1751 x 118 or ckutzli@grfoundation.org
Ben Oliver, Challenge Scholars Advisor, 616.454.1751 x 122 or boliver@grfoundation.org
 

Harrison Park
Troy Wilbon, Principal, 616.819.2565
Gwen Heatley, Challenge Scholars College/Career Coordinator, 616.819.6032 or heatleyg@grps.org
Jullianie Mackey , KSSN Coordinator, 616.829.2911 or jullianiemackey@kentssn.org

Westwood Middle
Cindy Peck, Principal, 616.819.3322
Shatawn Brigham, Challenge Scholars College/Career Coordinator, 616.819.4068 or brighams@grps.org
John Matias, KSSN Coordinator, johnmatias@kentssn.org

Union High
Karl Nelson, Principal, 616.819.3160
Tracy Benjamin, Challenge Scholars College/Career Coordinator

GRPS All Schools
Mary Jo Kuhlman, Assistant Superintendent, Organizational Learning
Pam Wells-Marcusse, Challenge Scholars College/Career Consultant