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Grand Rapids Area College Fair at Aquinas College Grand Rapids Area College Fair at Aquinas College, Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center

Your Community Is All In—We Support You!

Getting ready for college requires hard work, but you're not alone. Your community is here to support you every step along the way. Here are the people who know the Challenge Scholars program. They're ready to answer your questions and help you stay on track.

GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Community Foundation and Grand Rapids Public Schools created Challenge Scholars together. We provide funding for the program, organize events and award the scholarships. Our staff is dedicated to helping students succeed.

GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC SCHOOLS (GRPS)

Working closely with the Community Foundation, GRPS helped design Challenge Scholars and select the participating schools. Harrison Park, Westwood Middle and Union High School benefit from additional staff and resources to help students achieve.

CHALLENGE SCHOLARS CHAMPIONS

Challenge Scholars Champions are a special group of people who have gone above and beyond to learn all the ins and outs of the program. They are motivators, spokespeople, volunteers and more.

  • Jim Davis

    Jim Davis

    Westside Collaborative

    Director

  • Isabel Garcia

    Isabel Garcia

    Westside Collaborative

    Community Connector

    (Habla español) 616-275-0311
  • Andrew Sisson

    Andrew Sisson

    Westside Collaborative

    Community Connector

    616-275-0311
  • Karl Williams 1

    Karl Williams

    Westside Collaborative

    Community Connector

    616-275-0311

They say that it takes a village to raise a child. We agree.

One cool part of Challenge Scholars is that everyone can be part of it—parents, donors, volunteers, school staff, alumni, teachers and the list goes on. We are all working together to ensure students succeed. We are all in this together!

  • IN SCHOOL

    We already have terrific teachers, principals and school staff. To make that school team even better, we added Challenge Scholars Coordinators to help students explore college and career options and KSSN Community School Coordinators to help families access services in schools.

  • PARENTS/FAMILIES

    Families are students first and best teachers. They attend family nights, ensure their students are in school everyday, and stay up to date on their grades and progress. Families also connect with one another and the community, creating a network of support for Challenge Scholars.

  • COMMUNITY

    Countless organizations, businesses and individuals support Challenge Scholars by giving their time, talent and treasure. Community members volunteer, mentor, speak to classes and offer field trips. Together they are saying we believe in our community's children—they are our future and we want what's best for them.

  • STUDENTS

    Parents, teachers and the community can show their support, but students have to do the work. Our Challenge Scholars dream big, come to school everyday and study hard. They are bright, dynamic and eager to succeed—without a doubt, they are up to the challenge.