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Incoming Transfer Merit Scholarships


Consideration for scholarships are based on a complete admissions application submitted by March 1 for fall admission (unless otherwise noted). Documents received after the deadline will not be used for scholarship consideration. 

Award for Excellence Transfer Scholarship
Award amount: $2,000 (renewable up to a total of two consecutive years)

  • Must have only attended an accredited community college in Michigan and completed 30 college credit hours at the time of application review. All credits earned must be from a Michigan Community College.
  • Must have earned a cumulative community college grade point average of 3.5 or greater
  • Must maintain 3.25 grade point average and Satisfactory Academic Progress at Grand Valley
  • Requires full-time enrollment
  • Deadline for consideration is March 1 for fall admission
  • Total award value: $4,000

Transfer Student Urban Schools Scholarship
Award amount: $3,000 (renewable up to a total of two consecutive years)

  • Awarded at application review specifically to students from select urban high schools.
  • Select schools from the following areas are included:
    • Grand Rapids Public Schools
    • Detroit Public Schools
    • Additional Michigan High Schools: Arthur Hill, Benton Harbor High School, Detroit High School of Fine and Performing Arts, Detroit University Prep Academy, Flint Northern High School, Flint Northwestern High School, Flint Southwestern Classical Academy, John Pershing, JW Sexton, Northwestern, Pontiac Central, Pontiac Northern, Saginaw High School, Southfield Lathrup, Southfield Senior High, and Western International
    • Non-Michigan High Schools: Chicago High School Agricultural, Curie, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hillcrest, Hyde Park Academy, John Hope College Preparatory, Jones College Prep, Kenwood Academy, Lane Tech, Morgan Park, Percy Julian, Proviso East, Proviso West, South Shore International College Prep High School,Thornridge, Thornton Fractional North High School, Thornwood, Westinghouse High School and Whitney Young 
  • Must have a 3.0 cumulative community college grade point average and completed 30 college credit hours at the time of application review
  • Cannot be combined with the Transfer Student Early Awareness Scholarship or a Native American Tuition Grant
  • Must maintain 2.5 grade point average and Satisfactory Academic Progress at Grand Valley
  • Requires full-time enrollment
  • Students receiving this scholarship are also encouraged to participate in one of the structured student success programs on campus
  • Total award value: $6,000

Transfer Student Early Awareness Scholarship
Award amount: $3,000 (renewable up to a total of two consecutive years)

  • Recipients of this scholarship will have at least two years of participation in one of the following programs:
    • The Detroit Compact
    • Wade H. McCree, Jr. Incentive Scholarship
    • Introspect Youth Services, Inc.
    • Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.
    • TRiO Upward Bound
    • TRiO Talent Search
    • GEAR UP
  • Must have a 3.0 cumulative community college grade point average and completed 30 college credit hours at the time of review
  • Cannot be combined with the Transfer Student Urban Schools Scholarship or a Native American Tuition Grant
  • Must maintain 2.5 grade point average and Satisfactory Academic Progress at Grand Valley
  • Requires full-time enrollment
  • Students receiving this scholarship are also encouraged to participate in one of the structured student success programs on campus
  • Total award value: $6,000

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Award amount: up to $1,200 (renewable up to a total of two consecutive years)

  • Recognizes the outstanding members of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society at Michigan community colleges
  • Must have a total cumulative community college grade point average of 3.5 or higher and be a member of the PTK Honor Society
  • Must be a graduate of an accredited community college in Michigan and have earned an associate's degree
  • Must be admitted to GVSU as a new, full-time student for fall enrollment
  • Must maintain 3.5 grade point average at Grand Valley and complete 25 Grand Valley credits to renew the scholarship
  • Requires full-time enrollment
  • Must complete a separate application by March 1 to be considered. Visit myScholarships to apply. 

Distinguished Community College Graduate Scholarship
Award amount: $1,000 (renewable up to a total of two consecutive years)

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited community college in Michigan and have earned an associate's degree
  • Must have a cumulative community college grade point average of 3.5 or higher
  • Grand Valley must be the first institution attended after the student has earned an associate's degree
  • Must maintain a 3.25 or better grade point average and Satisfactory Academic Progress at Grand Valley
  • Requires full-time enrollment
  • Total award value: $2,000

Additional Requirements

  • A complete admissions application submitted by March 1 for fall admission which consists of the following:
  • Official transcripts
  • Results of the ACT or SAT test
  • $30.00 application fee
  • Admissions application submitted either online or by paper
  • Must be enrolled full-time, four consecutive fall/winter semesters, and meet the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards