Possibilities are endless when the promise of hope meets the power of partnership.
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Aiming to increase the number of first-generation college-goers who successfully complete a college degree or high quality credential, Grand Rapids Community Foundation enrolled the first class of Challenge Scholars in 2014.
Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS)
Working closely together, the Community Foundation and GRPS staff designed a highly targeted, ambitious program for students attending Harrison Park, Westwood Middle School and Union High School. Each school has both tremendous need and great potential.
Students & Families
Enrollling in Challenge Scholars in 6th grade, Challenge Scholars have big dreams and work hard. Challenge Scholars recognizes that hard work and so do our community partners at the West Side Collaborative.
Challenge Scholars Champions are caring adults from the community who serve as the chief motivators and key spokespeople for Challenge Scholars. They inform other parents about how to enroll their child, giving feedback on Challenge Scholars and help out with events.
Higher Education Partners
Aquinas College, Cornerstone University, Ferris State University, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University have each created special scholarship packages for future Challenge Scholars. Other colleges support Challenge Scholars in a variety of ways, from summer enrichment activities to adopting school hallways.
Challenge Scholars College/Career Coordinators, instructional coaches, and KSSN coordinators are central to making sure all Challenge Scholars graduate Union High School prepared for post-secondary education.