When an entire community unites, the possibilties are endless. We invite you to join us in changing our community and students' lives by investing your time and resources in Challenge Scholars. 

Invest Your Money

In May 2014, we announced the Rise With Us campaign for Challenge Scholars to open opportunities for thousands of future West Side students. This $32 million campaign is an ambitious effort on behalf of our community's children, and when our entire community unites in this effort, we know we can create big change. 

If you’d like to join us on this journey with your financial support, you can do so by donating online or by emailing Shaun Shira or Marilyn Zack or calling them at 616.454.1751. If you’d like to support Challenge Scholars in your will, please click here for the appropriate language to include. Your gifts will help build our community's college savings fund, setting generations of students on the path to higher education and lifelong success. Thank you for your consideration.

 

“When I consider where my charitable dollars are invested, I look at a program’s leadership, partnerships and evaluation, its long-term impact and sustainability, and the research and thought that went into the program’s design. I want my dollars working hard to solve difficult, complex social issues. Challenge Scholars has all the right components to make it a success, and I’m proud to support it.”
-Christina Keller, President, CK Technologies, a division of Cascade Engineering

Invest Your Time

Take a Tour.  Call Cris Kutzli, Challenge Scholars Co-Director at 616.454.1751 or ckutzli@grfoundation.org to be part of one of our regular tours at Harrison Park.

Share Your Talents. Host a workshop for students and families on a topic related to your professional expertise. To discuss an idea, contact Jullianie Mackey, KSSN community school coordinator at 616.819.2911 or jmackey@dabsj.org

Become a Mentor. To learn about mentoring opportunities that help students focus on how they can achieve their goals, contact Ruth Bishop, Community Foundation program officer at 616.454.1751 x103.

Donate Basic Need Items. Harrison Park is currently accepting donations of GRPS School Uniform clothing items (polos in red, blue, white; khaki pants in sizes 4-16), socks, underwear, hygiene and household products, canned or packaged food goods and bus tickets. Items can be delivered to 1440 Davis Avenue NW to the attention of Jullianie Mackey, KSSN community school coordinator.

Provide Academic Support. Volunteer in a classroom to help students build reading and math fluency. Contact Ben Oliver, Challenge Scholars advisor, at 616.454.1751 x122 or boliver@grfoundation.org for additional information.

Our Challenge Scholars Supporters

Donors are the lifeblood of Challenge Scholars. See our impressive list of college partners, businesses and community members who’ve rallied and raised $32 million and counting in support of the Rise With Us Campaign.

Champion ($1,000,000+)

  • Aquinas College
  • Ken and Judy Betz
  • Cornerstone University
  • Davenport University
  • Richard and Helen DeVos Advised Fund**
  • Ferris State University
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Steele and Mary Taylor
  • Wege Foundation
  • Kate Pew Wolters Fund**

Valedictorian ($500,000)

  • Steelcase Foundation

Salutatorian ($250,000 to $499,999)

  • Ken Bandstra
  • M.E. Davenport Foundation
  • Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation
  • Frey Foundation
  • Mike and Sue Jandernoa Foundation
  • John and Nancy Kennedy
  • Sligh Memorial Fund**

Mentor ($100,000 to $249,999)

  • John R. Bertsch Fund**
  • Allan R. and Claudia A. Carlson Advised Fund**
  • Darooge Family Charitable Fund**
  • James and Kathy Hackett
  • Timothy Fund**
  • Dirk Hoffius
  • Laura B. Huizenga
  • Peterson Memorial Fund**
  • Steelcase Foundation in Memory of Peter M. Wege
  • University of Michigan
  • James and Jane Welch Foundation
  • Greg and Meg Willit

Class President ($50,000 to $99,999)

  • Anonymous
  • James and Shirley Balk
  • John and Marie Canepa
  • Terry McGovern and Carol Paine-McGovern
  •  Armen Oumedian Challenge Scholars Fund**
  • Paine Family Foundation
  • Robert E and Marcia L Schaub Foundation
  • Michael and Michelle Van Dyke
  • Mrs. Barbara Whittenberger*

Scholar ($25,000 to $49,999)

  • Anonymous (1)
  • at&t Michigan
  • CDV5 Foundation
  • Tripp and Kelli Corl
  • Frank B. and Virginia V. Fehsenfeld Charitable Foundation
  • Ellie Frey Zagel
  • The ACH Fund**
  • Bette L. Karr
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trustee Donor-Advised Fund - Fred P. Keller**
  • Frederick P. Keller and Linn M. Maxwell Keller*
  • Sandra Last
  • Harvey Lemmen
  • Arend and Nancy Lubbers
  • James and Marie Preston
  • Michael and Christina Rosloniec Family
  • Bob and Marcy Roth
  • Diana R. Sieger
  • Mike and Gayle VanGessel

Honor Roll ($15,000 to $24,999)

  • Baldwin Foundation
  • Anne H. Copps*
  • Richard and Linda Gillett
  • Doug and Peggy Hoogerhyde
  • Mary I. and David D. Hunting Family Fund**
  • Irwin Seating Company
  • Carol Karr and Kevin Briggs
  • Andy and Christina Keller
  • David B. and Susan D. Lipner Fund for Challenge Scholars**
  • Loeks Family Fund - Emily Loeks**
  • Old National Bank
  • Open Systems Technologies Inc.
  • Virgil and Louise Phelps Advised Fund**
  • Triangle Associates
  • Robert and Jane Williams Founders of Williams Distributing Company

Gold Star ($10,000 to $14,999)

  • Martin J. and Susan J. Allen Family Fund**
  • Chris-Tina Fund**
  • William Fehsenfeld and Cecile Cave Fehsenfeld
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Chuck and Julie Frayer
  • Virginia Gearhart
  • Thomas and Sally Gleason
  • Janet A. Haynes and Kelsey Haynes Advised Fund**
  • Steve and Brenda Heacock
  • Paul B Henry Foundation
  • Mark and Wendy Holtvluwer
  • Dr. Jack and Katy Lukens Family Fund**
  • Suzie Mackeigan
  • Rockford Construction
  • Nancy and Doug Slade Dynamic Donor Advised Fund**
  • Michael and Kathryn Van Haren
  • Lynn White
  • Dick and Barbara Young Fund**

Teacher’s Pet ($5,000 to $9,999)

  • Laurie Finney Beard
  • Lynne Black
  • Gina Bovee and Shiloh Bovee
  • Erica Curry VanEe and Brian VanEe
  • Douglas DeBoer Memorial Fund**
  • GE Foundation - Matching Gifts Program
  • John and Gwen Hibbard
  • Courtney P. Jones and Ora M. Jones
  • Paul and Suzanne Keep
  • The Keller Foundation
  • Cris and Tom Kutzli
  • Jeff Schad and Marilyn Lankfer
  • Norman J. Leven Family Foundation
  • Miller Johnson
  • Marcia L. Rapp
  • Triangle Associates, Inc.
  • Gary and Nancy Vandenberg
  • Roger and Jacquelyn Vander Laan Family Fund**
  • Jill and Sean Welsh
  • C. John Gill and Rita Williams Family Fund**
  • Marilyn and Garrett Zack

Good Apple ($2,500 to $4,999)

  • Jay Cooper and Eva Aguirre Cooper
  • Anonymous (1)
  • Ruth E. Bishop
  • George and Jill Bosnjak
  • Robert D. and Katherine M. Brower
  • Susan M. Cleland and Jane M. Gietzen
  • Jill Henemyer and Dotti Clune
  • Laurie and Crawford Craft
  • Gene and Tubie Gilmore
  • Timothy and Charlene Hill
  • Jeannie Hosey and Tony Travis
  • Eugene G. and Jean P. Lyons Family Fund**
  • Daniel W. Miller and Susan L. Wright-Miller Fund**
  • Teresa Weatherall Neal and Dennis Neal
  • Dan and Ann O'Keefe
  • PNC Foundation Matching Gift Program
  • Dr. Jack and Lija Romence Children's Fund**
  • Kate Schmid
  • Scott Group Custom Carpets Inc. in honor of Char Hill
  • Shaun and Ruth Shira
  • Wayne Titche Donor Advised Fund**

A+ ($1,000 to $2,499)

  • ABLE Manufacturing
  • Mark and Wendy Anderson
  • Anonymous (2)
  • Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation
  • David and Janice Bailey
  • Todd and Rhonda Belden
  • Johnny M. Brann Jr.
  • James and Sharon Breuker
  • Wayman and Dinah Britt
  • Mark and Lisa Brown
  • Gary and Bonnie Bultsma
  • Mr. and Mrs. Doug Buyce
  • Kyle Caldwell
  • Brian Cloyd and Agnes Kempker-Cloyd
  • Bob and Ann Cooper
  • Delbert (Del) Crowe
  • Ron and Jeanne DeWaard
  • Paul and Celeste Doyle
  • Vernon & Johanna Ehlers Community Scholarship
  • Donna Ewigleben
  • Srik Gopalakrishnan
  • Grand Rapids Trolley Co.
  • Beverly F. Grant
  • Rená and Gary Guttrich
  • Kevin and Laura Harmelink
  • John Helmholdt
  • Anne and Rich Hiskes
  • Keith and Mary Kay Hopkins
  • Robert Hughes
  • Matthew Kutsche Memorial Fund**
  • Michael and Jaimie Lomonaco
  • Elias and Ruth Lumpkins
  • Kate and John  McGarry
  • Charles Harrison and Pamela Meier
  • Bonnie K. Miller
  • Mitten Brewing Company
  • John and Ann Puckett
  • Andrew Maternowski and Monica Randles
  • Dale and Sherri Remmelts
  • Founder's Fund** in honor of Helen Hutchins Rossano
  • SecurAlarm Systems, Inc
  • Rebecca and Steve Steketee
  • Judy Subar
  • Andy and Tracy Van Solkema
  • Selene Van Vleck Charitable Fund**
  • Robert and Deborah White
  • Allen, Jonse, & Austin Young

Donor (all gifts up to $999)

  • Andrew and Sonja Acosta
  • E. Adelman
  • Gerardo Aguilar
  • Emily Ambs
  • American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Elizabeth Anderson
  • Anonymous (14)
  • Mr. Frederick Antczak and Mrs. Deborah J. Hughes
  • Don and Ellen Arlinsky
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan Chapter
  • Mel Atkins II and Anna Atkins
  • Jack and Nancy Austhof
  • Bob and Patty Ayars
  • Joanne Ayotte
  • Dr. Mayda Gunnell and John Gunnell
  • Jamie Bair
  • Carl and Claudia Bajema
  • Lori J. Baker
  • Tony Baker
  • Brian Bakker
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation Matching Gifts Program
  • Billy and Rachel Baumann
  • Darlene Berghorst
  • Bob and Val Bernecker
  • Darlene J. Beyer
  • R. Wayne Bickel
  • Rick and Kimerlee Billings
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Ben Boerkoel
  • Madeira BooydeGraaff
  • Stephen and Cheryl Boshoven
  • Rebecca Boven
  • William and Gari Lynn Bowling
  • Otto Brannum
  • Brett Brinker and Heather Slay
  • Jim and Donna Brooks
  • Jan Burns
  • Business Development Resource Inc.
  • Thomas and Cheryl Butcher
  • George Buth and Nancy Buth
  • Jim and Sandy Byrne
  • C U Chapter Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO)
  • Laura Caprara
  • Florence Carbonneau
  • Jack and Carol Carter
  •  Keith Harrison and Connie Carter-Harrison
  • Mr. and Mrs. Philip Catlett
  • Tom and Molly Charles
  • The Bank of Holland
  • Marc and Karen Chircop
  • Sergio Cira-Reyes
  • John Considine and Patrice Vrona
  • Consumers Energy Foundation
  • Kevin and Diana Cook
  • Janean and Michael Couch
  • Kay Courtney
  • Ed and Linda Cox
  • Carol Crawford
  • Lynwood and Sandra Cudney
  • John and Rene Darling
  • Mary Davie
  • Kathy Davis Parker
  • Julie Davis
  • Dr. Gerald and Gwen Dawkins
  • Eileen Deamer
  • Eric and Sharai DeLong
  • Jolene DeLuca
  • Pete and Tuti DeMaagd
  • Leslie Dennis
  • Danielle DeWitt
  • Arelis E. Diaz
  • Brad and Kim Ditmar
  • Douglas and Dana Donnell
  • Shavon Doyle-Holton and Jason Holton
  • Win and Kyle Irwin
  • Richard and Linda Durell
  • Kost and Candy Elisevich
  • Emergency Care Specialists, PC
  • Jeanne Englehart and Jack Novick
  • Carolyn Evans
  • Gail and James Fahner
  • Wendy VerHage Falb
  • Jim and Peggy Falk
  • Diane S. Farage
  • Bill and Kay Farr
  • Meredith Fennema
  • Bryn A. and Suzanne M. Fick
  • Lawrence and Donna Foody
  • Mary and Bill Ford
  • Barb and Mike Forseman
  • Happy Fox
  • John and Kristine Fox
  • Roger and Kathy Fries
  • Deb Fritsch
  • Marjorie Gallert
  • Eleanore Gallina
  • Brian Gamm
  • Jeff and Sue Gartner
  • Dan and Lou Ann Gaydou
  • Robert and Nancy Gleffe
  • Meg Goebel
  • Arturo González Vargas
  • Darrow and Flip Goodspeed
  • Philip and Jane Goodspeed
  • Ron and Melissa Gorman
  • Great Lakes Health Connect
  • Betty Burton Groce
  • Anna P. Hagerman
  • Bob and Diane Hall
  • Diane Hamstra
  • Terri Handlin
  • Harrison Park Teacher
  • Richard and Karen Harrison
  • E. Michael Hartke
  • Chris and Patty Hastings
  • Jeffrey and Marilyn Hawkins
  • Heart of West Michigan United Way
  • David and Gwen Heatley
  • Steve and Susan Heyne
  • Dan and Diane Hickey
  • Jeff and Laura Hill
  • Diane Hoekstra
  • John and Diane Hogan
  • David and Susan Hojnacki
  • Matthew and Laura Holman
  • Jane Hondelink
  • Lisa Honeycutt
  • David Howard and Eve Ricketts
  • Barb and David Huyser
  • The Image Gallery
  • Halima Ismail
  • ITW Foundation
  • Richard S. Jackson Jr.
  • Mark and Lauren Jacoby
  • Matthew and Keri Jaynes
  • Ingrid Jensen
  • Janet Jensen
  • Claudia Jimenez
  • Keith and Cindy Johnson
  • Larry and Christina Johnson
  • Terry Johnston
  • Michael and Cara Jones
  • Tom and Margy Jones
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Joseph and Elizabeth Junewick
  • Ray and Mamie Kalliel
  • Paul and Kristen Kam
  • Mary Karrip
  • The McFarland Family
  • Denise Keil
  • Kent Association of Retired School Personnel
  • Kent County Medical Society
  • Eunice Kimm
  • Roberta F. King and Mike J. Miesch
  • Kristi Klomp Charitable Fund
  • Kenneth Klomparens
  • Diana Kniowski and Gary Saulter
  • Mara Knuble
  • Ron and Jeanne Koehler
  • Nicholas and Gloria Kroeze
  • Carrie Lachniet
  • Virginia LaGrand
  • Tom and Barb LeBrun
  • Jessica I. Ledesma
  • Dallas and Senita Lenear
  • Jessica Lewis
  • Mack and Teresita Long
  • Carol and Perry Lopucki
  • Karen Loth
  • Mary Loupee
  • Marty and Cheri Luchtefeld
  • Allison Lugo Knapp
  • John and Tammy Lundeen
  • Michael and Heather Lunt
  • Genie and Dick Lyman
  • Jessica Maat
  • Katelyn Mack
  • Deborah L. Macy
  • John and Sally Malnor
  • Stephen T. Margulis
  • Jarrett Martus
  • Eldon and Donna Mathews
  • Bradford and Andola Mathis
  • Jerry and Terri Matthews
  • Lee Ann McGarry
  • McInerney & Associates, LLC
  • Brenda McKean
  • Richard* and Mary McNeece
  • Medical Advantage Group
  • Ross and Paula Meehan
  • Virgina Meeker
  • Jeff and Jennifer Mesler
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Clark B. and Lois M. Miller
  • Nathaniel and Laura Moody
  • Muskegon Yacht Club
  • Robert and Phyllis Myers
  • Mike and Pam Nassar
  • Joe and June Nelson
  • Rick Noel
  • Carol Hennessy and Ken Nysson
  • Oasis of Hope Center
  • Jon O'Connor
  • Patrick and Maria O'Hare
  • Patricia Oldt
  • Mark and Judy Olesnavage
  • Ken and Jan Oosterhouse
  • Terry and Maureen O'Rourke
  • David Osborn
  • Tim Pacaud
  • Joan Pawloski - Union High School
  • Mark and Barb Periard
  • Steven and Alicia Pestka
  • Julie Petrie
  • Lynn and Matt Porter
  • Jason and Susan Proctor and Family
  • Purple Pen LLC
  • Robert and Ruth Raiman
  • Fred and Linda Reyelts
  • Robert K. Richards and Ethel Z. Stears
  • Susan L. Rickson
  • David Rispler
  • Dr. and Mrs. James A. Robbins
  • Barbara A. Robinson
  • Deborah Rockman and Courtny Richter
  • Ron and Deb Roden
  • M. Ande Roeser
  • Gail and Jim Rogers
  • Raynard Ross
  • Abraham G. and Anne L. Rossi
  • Holly Salas
  •  Lynne Pope and Carlos Sanchez
  • Mike Santoski and Melissa Anderson
  • Micalene Savage
  • John and Joan Scalabrino
  • Mark and Gayle Schaub
  • Joe and Tricia Schetz
  • Cindy and Dan Schneider
  • Mark and Debra Schremp
  • Gladys K. Schuil*
  • Jim and Susie Sebastian
  • Fred Sebulske
  • Tim and Terry Selgo
  • Eugene and Connie Shatz
  • Mark F. Sherwood and Saralyn Coupe
  • Eva Sitek
  • Maureen Quinn Slade
  • Brent and Diane Slay
  • Ryan Slusarzyk
  • Rob and Connie Smith
  • Stacy Spitler
  • Jake Spruit III
  • Amanda and Ryan St. Pierre
  • Jackie Stacy
  • Standard Computer Systems Inc.
  • Stewart McKelvey
  • Wendy Stock
  • Ronald and Margaret Story
  • Bill and Janet Stuart
  • Jim and Annie Stuursma
  • Laura and Jamie Stuursma
  • Jerome P. Subar Foundation
  • Sundance Scholars
  • Julie Swanson
  • Anessia Tala-Clark
  • Jacqueline D. Taylor
  • Jill and Art Tiefenbach
  • Mrs. and Mr. Caitlin & Paul Townsend Lamb
  • Benjamin Trentham
  • Laura and Steve Triezenberg
  • Lyle and Annalieda Tuck
  • John and Christine Twichell
  • Richard and Mary Van Allsburg
  • Roger Vanderlaan
  • Don and Barbara VanOstenberg
  • Gay and Sally Vanotteren
  • The Vazquez-Romero Family
  • Gary and Karen Vitale
  • Phil and Kathleen Vogelsang
  • The W. K. Kellogg Foundation Matching Gifts Program
  • Kimberly and Jon Waalkes
  • Nancy Weller
  • Pam Wells-Marcusse
  • David and Kathryn Westphal
  • Michael Whalen
  • Larry Whipple and Susan Morley Whipple
  • Judy and Allen Whipps
  • Troy Wilbon
  • Elizabeth B. Willey
  • E. Miles Wilson
  • Keith A. Winn
  • Charles Winslow and Judy Sopeland
  • Wittenbach Wellness, Inc.
  • Paul and Joan Witting
  • Cindy Woller
  • John Zadvinskis
  • Mary Zwaanstra

Gifts In Memory of Dr. John Mackeigan

  • American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Billy and Rachel Baumann
  • Bob and Val Bernecker
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • William and Gari Lynn Bowling
  • Jim and Sandy Byrne
  • Jack and Carol Carter
  • Marc and Karen Chircop
  • John and Rene Darling
  • Mary Davie
  • Kathy Davis Parker
  • Brad and Kim Ditmar
  • Richard and Linda Durell
  • Emergency Care Specialists, PC
  • Gail and James Fahner
  • Happy Fox
  • Eleanore Gallina
  • Meg Goebel
  • Philip and Jane Goodspeed
  • Great Lakes Health Connect
  • Bob and Diane Hall
  • John and Gwen Hibbard
  • Matthew and Laura Holman
  • Keith and Cindy Johnson
  • Tom and Margy Jones
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Joseph and Elizabeth Junewick
  • Kent County Medical Society
  • Mara Knuble
  • Tom and Barb LeBrun
  • Marty and Cheri Luchtefeld
  • Genie and Dick Lyman
  • Suzie Mackeigan
  • John and Sally Malnor
  • Jerry and Terri Matthews
  • McInerney & Associates, LLC
  • Medical Advantage Group
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Muskegon Yacht Club
  • Tim Pacaud
  • Dr. and Mrs. James A. Robbins
  • Cindy and Dan Schneider
  • Jim and Susie Sebastian
  • Brent and Diane Slay
  • Stewart McKelvey
  • Jim and Annie Stuursma
  • Laura and Jamie Stuursma
  • John and Christine Twichell
  • Michael and Kathryn Van Haren
  • Kimberly and Jon Waalkes
  • Michael Whalen
  • Charles Winslow and Judy Sopeland
  • Wittenbach Wellness, Inc.
  • Paul and Joan Witting
  • Cindy Woller

Gifts in Honor of Meg Miller Willit

  • James and Shirley Balk
  • Jim and Donna Brooks
  • Paul and Celeste Doyle
  • Gail and James Fahner
  • Roger and Kathy Fries
  • Dan and Lou Ann Gaydou
  • David and Susan Hojnacki
  • Diana Kniowski and Gary Saulter
  • Karen Loth
  • Ross and Paula Meehan
  • Jeff and Jennifer Mesler
  • Dale and Sherri Remmelts
  • Stacy Spitler
  • Mike and Gayle VanGessel
  • Jill and Sean Welsh

*Deceased

** Funds held at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation

This list includes all donors who have given gifts to Challenge Scholars through November 15, 2016.