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Local philanthropist Armen Oumedian grew up on the west side. He attended Harrison Park and graduated from Union High School in 1941. He went to college and became a successful engineer. Armen gives to support Challenge Scholars and now you can too!

Donate

When a community unites, the possibilities are endless. Your gift of any size can make a tremendous difference for Challenge Scholars students. We've raised $33 million for this effort already, but more is needed to ensure this program can go on for west side students well into the future. If you'd like to make a gift today, access our donation page below. If you'd like to include Challenge Scholars in your long-term giving plans via a will or estate gift, please contact our development team at (616) 454-1751 to discuss your gift.

Volunteer

Sharing your time with Challenge Scholars can come in many different forms. Want to learn more? Start with a tour. Interested in working with children? Share your special talent with a classroom, become a mentor or volunteer regularly in a classroom. Donating materials more of your thing? Our Challenge Scholars schools are always looking for school uniform items, socks, underwear, hygiene products, packaged foods and bus tickets. Learn how to connect by calling Giuliana Fuentes, Challenge Scholars Assistant at (616) 454-1751.

BE PART OF CHALLENGE SCHOLARS

Make a donation today to help students succeed.

Our Current Supporters

  • Champion Supporters

    $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**
    *Deceased
  • Valedictorian

    $500,000
    • Steelcase Foundation
    *Deceased
  • 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**
    *Deceased
  • Mentor

    $100,000 to $249,999
    • Anonymous (1)
    • 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
    *Deceased
  • Class President

    $50,000 to $99,999
    • James and Shirley Balk
    • John and Marie Canepa
    • Terry McGovern and Carol Paine-McGovern
    • Armen Oumedian Challenge Scholars Fund**
    • Paine Family Foundation
    • Terry McGovern and Carol Paine-McGovern
    • Robert E and Marcia L Schaub Foundation
    • Michael and Michelle Van Dyke
    • Mrs. Barbara Whittenberger*
    *Deceased
  • 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
    • Dr. Jack and Katy Lukens Family Fund**
    • James and Marie Preston
    • Michael and Christina Rosloniec Family
    • Bob and Marcy Roth
    • Diana R. Sieger
    • Mike and Gayle VanGessel
    *Deceased
  • Honor Roll

    $15,000 to $24,999
    • Baldwin Foundation
    • Anne H. Copps*
    • Richard and Linda Gillett
    • Mark and Wendy Holtvluwer
    • 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**
    • Suzie Mackeigan
    • Old National Bank
    • Open Systems Technologies Inc.
    • Virgil and Louise Phelps Advised Fund**
    • Triangle Associates
    • Robert and Jane Williams Founders of Williams Distributing Company
    *Deceased
  • 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
    • GE Foundation - Matching Gifts Program
    • Virginia Gearhart
    • Thomas and Sally Gleason
    • Janet A. Haynes and Kelsey Haynes Advised Fund**
    • Steve and Brenda Heacock
    • Paul B Henry Foundation
    • Rockford Construction
    • Nancy and Doug Slade Dynamic Donor Advised Fund**
    • Michael and Kathryn Van Haren
    • Lynn White
    • Dick and Barbara Young Fund**
    *Deceased
  • 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**
    • 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
    • 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
    *Deceased
  • 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
    • Ron and Jeanne DeWaard
    • Gene and Tubie Gilmore
    • Timothy and Charlene Hill
    • Jeannie Hosey and Tony Travis
    • Robert L. Hughes
    • 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
    • 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**
    *Deceased
  • A+

    $1,000 to $2,4999
    • Baldwin Foundation
    • Anne H. Copps*
    • Richard and Linda Gillett
    • Mark and Wendy Holtvluwer
    • 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**
    • Suzie Mackeigan
    • Old National Bank
    • Open Systems Technologies Inc.
    • Virgil and Louise Phelps Advised Fund**
    • Triangle Associates
    • Robert and Jane Williams Founders of Williams Distributing Company
    *Deceased
  • 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) 
    • 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 
    • Billy and Rachel Baumann 
    • Darlene Berghorst 
    • Bob and Val Bernecker 
    • Darlene J. Beyer 
    • R. Wayne Bickel 
    • Kimerlee and Rick 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 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 
    • Phil and Caroll Catlett 
    • Tom and Molly Charles 
    • The Bank of Holland 
    • Marc and Karen Chircop 
    • Sergio Cira-Reyes 
    • Harrison Park Teacher 
    • Andrew Claucherty and Alyssa Meyer 
    • 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 
    • Democracy Fund, Inc 
    • Leslie Dennis 
    • Danielle DeWitt 
    • Arelis E. Diaz 
    • Brad and Kim Ditmar 
    • Douglas and Dana Donnell 
    • Shavon Doyle-Holton and Jason Holton 
    • Richard and Linda Durell 
    • Kost and Candy Elisevich 
    • Emergency Care Specialists, PC 
    • Jeanne Englehart and Jack Novick 
    • Carolyn Evans 
    • Jennifer Faber 
    • Gail and James Fahner 
    • Wendy VerHage Falb 
    • Jim and Peggy Falk 
    • Diane S. Farage 
    • Bill and Kay Farr 
    • Meredith Fennema 
    • Bryn and Sue 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 
    • Grand Rapids Trolley Co. 
    • Great Lakes Health Connect 
    • Betty Burton Groce 
    • Anna P. Hagerman 
    • Bob and Diane Hall 
    • Diane Hamstra 
    • Terri Handlin-Mulligan 
    • Richard and Karen Harrison 
    • E. Michael Hartke 
    • Chris and Patty Hastings 
    • Jeffrey and Marilyn Hawkins 
    • David and Gwen Heatley 
    • Steve and Susan Heyne 
    • Dan and Diane Hickey 
    • Bert Pettis and Gary Hill 
    • Jeff and Laura Hill 
    • Diane Hoekstra 
    • Mary Hofmann 
    • 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 
    • Win and Kyle Irwin 
    • 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 
    • Mamie Kalliel 
    • Paul and Kristen Kam 
    • Mary Karrip 
    • The McFarland Family 
    • Denise Keil 
    • The W. K. Kellogg Foundation 
    • 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 
    • Tom and Barb LeBrun 
    • Jessica I. Ledesma 
    • Dallas and Senita Lenear 
    • Jessica Lewis
    • Mack and Teresita Long 
    • Carol and Perry Lopucki 
    • Karen Loth 
    • 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 
    • Dr. Brandy Lovelady Mitchell and Mr. Marc Mitchell 
    • Nathaniel and Laura Moody 
    • Dorothy Munson 
    • 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 
    • Dave and Laura Radle 
    • 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 
    • Alison Scalabrino 
    • John and Joan Scalabrino 
    • 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. 
    • Steven A. Starnes 
    • Wendy Stock Ronald and Margaret Story 
    • Janet E. Stuart 
    • Jim and Annie Stuursma 
    • Laura and Jamie Stuursma 
    • Jerome P. Subar Foundation 
    • Sundance Scholars 
    • Julie and Jim Swanson 
    • Anessia Tala-Clark 
    • Jacqueline D. Taylor 
    • Jill and Art Tiefenbach 
    • Caitlin and 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 
    • Ben and Emily VerWys 
    • Visualhero Design Co. 
    • Gary and Karen Vitale 
    • 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 
    • Susan Wittenbach 
    • Paul and Joan Witting 
    • Cindy Woller 
    • John Zadvinskis 
    • Mary Zwaanstra
    *Deceased

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