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  • August 25, 2017 by Challenge Scholars Staff

    Student Feature: Cody Garrison

    When Kara Garrison first heard about the Challenge Scholars program, her son Cody was a fifth grade student at Harrison Park School. “It was the number one factor in sending him on to Westwood Middle School and now Union High School. I couldn’t wait to learn more about Challenge Scholars. It takes a huge load off of us and has really given him motivation,” she said. Cody is now a freshman at Union and is very focused on the years ahead. “Challenge Scholars makes college so attainable. All you...

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  • August 25, 2017 by Rebecca Back, Challenge Scholars College and Career Coordinator at Westwood Middle School

    Challenge Scholars Staff: Meet Rebecca Back

    Hi, my name is Rebecca Back and I am the Challenge Scholars College and Career Coordinator at Westwood Middle School. I am originally from Kalamazoo, and graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Psychology and Spanish. I previously worked at Catholic Charities for the Healthy Start program. I am bilingual in English and Spanish. I love experiencing new cultures and lived in Costa Rica for four months during college.  I am passionate about working one-on-one with students,...

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  • April 27, 2017 by Challenge Scholars Staff

    Why is Community College Important for Your Student?

    When you think about going to college, you might think about dorms and big college campuses. While many people choose to take that route, others find that path to be too expensive or too far from home or work. Or for others, they are still trying to figure out what they'd like to do after graduation. It makes sense for these students to find their passion at a community college which has a broad range of opportunities. In Grand Rapids, we have Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), right in the...

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  • January 22, 2017 by Challenge Scholars Staff

    Challenge Scholars is now for everyone at Union High School

    Challenge Scholars started three years ago with students from Harrison Park School (PK-8) and Westwood Middle School. Since then we’ve watched students grow and achieve. This year, the first class of Challenge Scholars are freshmen at Union High School. To be more equitable, Challenge Scholars has expanded to include all incoming students at Union High School. This means that anyone who attends Union High School starting as a 9th grader, keeps their grades up, and shows good behavior can be a...

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