Are you a GVSU faculty, staff, student, seeking to make a difference in your community? Do you have a great idea you need funded? A research project? A collaborative project?


The Laker Effect Challenge builds on the idea of collective impact of the GVSU community on individual students, West Michigan, our state, and beyond. Lakers are driven by our passion for learning and using knowledge for the common good. We make a difference by focusing on others and making lasting contributions.

Submission should be from individuals or groups at GVSU working in collaboration with a community partner. Projects should be aimed at solving a real problem, and demonstrate leadership and advocacy aimed at shaping the future. The projects with the top votes will be invited to present their idea in five minutesJudges will determine how the $5,000 prize will be split among winners.

Important Dates

Submissions Open: February 1 to March 11, 2019

Voting Opens: March 12 to March 25, 2019

Presenters Announced: March 27, 2019

Challenge Day: April 11 2019, doors open at 5:30PM Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium

Access the Save the Date  here!

Challenge Presentation

Challenge Judge

Challenge Winners


Four Projects won a total of $5,000 at the Spring 2018 Challenge!

“DECA Blazers: Youth Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship & Innovation”
Zee Kandanga, Ben Parsell, Luciano Hernandez, and Shorouq Almallah, all of Center for Entrepreneurship, Seidman College of Business/Innovation with Innovation Central High School

Harrison Park Uniform Project:
Steven Sholten, Liberal Studies with Harrison Park Elementary & Middle School

Cultivating the Garden of Eatin’: The Greenhouse Initiative
K'mystry Taylor-Jackson, Erika Vanderlaan, Ines Koenig, Nadia Bowman, Rachel Wayne, Belinda Fordjour, Jonathan DeVries, K’mystry Taylor-Jackson, Elaine Jarzeboski  & Dr. Lori Houghton-Rahrig  Kirkhof College of Nursing in collaboration with The Other Way Ministries

Ride Your Way, LLC: Non-Emergent Medical Transportation
Thomas and Brandyn Sikkema, Kirkhof College of Nursing and Mary Free Bed Sub-Acute Rehabilitation


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