We are all in for Challenge Scholars

For many of our Challenge Scholars students, they will not only be the first to attend college, but they'll be the first to graduate from high school. That's important for students and families, but also means those students need support.

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.


Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Cris Kutzli, Challenge Scholars Co-Director, Program & Evaluation, 616.454.1751 x 118 or
Ben Oliver, Challenge Scholars Advisor, 616.454.1751 x 122 or

Harrison Park
Troy Wilbon, Principal, 616.819.2565
Jahan Webb, Challenge Scholars College/Career Coordinator, 616.819.1737 or
Stephen Lovell, KSSN Coordinator,

Westwood Middle
Cindy Peck, Principal, 616.819.3322
Rebecca Back, Challenge Scholars College/Career Coordinator,
Candy Valenzuela, KSSN Coordinator,

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

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