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!
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.
Troy WilbonHarrison Park School
Stephen LovellHarrison Park School
KSSN Community School Coordinator(Habla español) firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis BransonWestwood Middle School
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Nataša KarićWestwood Middle School
KSSN Community School Coordinatornatasakaric@kentssn.org
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 DavisWestside Collaborative
Isabel Lopez SlatteryWestside Collaborative
Director of Education and Leadership Development(Habla español) email@example.com
Karl WilliamsWestside Collaborative
Director of Community Resourceskarl@westsidecollaborative.org
They say that it takes a village to raise a child. We agree.
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.
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.
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.
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.