Scholarships are a great resource to help reduce your reliance on student loans. Grand Valley has a wide variety of scholarships available to new and returning students. To begin your scholarship search select one of the options listed below or contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at, (616) 331-3234, or toll-free at (800) 748-0246.

Admissions Scholarships

Opportunities for new freshman & transfer students based on academic merit


GVSU specific opportunities for new and current students based on academic merit, financial need, major, and more

Outside Scholarship Search

Local and national opportunities for all students based on various criteria

Scholarship Tips

Know your deadlines

For Grand Valley scholarships there are several important deadlines to remember.

Do your research

It is best to start your scholarship search the year before you need the scholarships. For incoming students, high school guidance offices are good sources of scholarship information. You may also wish to check with local organizations, businesses, churches and your parents' employers. Remember, you should never have to pay for financial aid or scholarship searches.

Start early & stay organized

To be considered for as many scholarships as possible, start your search at least one year in advance. The majority of scholarship deadlines will be between December and March for the upcoming year. Make a file of the scholarships and their deadlines so you apply on time. Make a copy of the application and any attachments. Also make sure to find a contact number or name to follow up with the scholarship donor.

Be patient

Sometimes it will be months before you know you have been chosen to receive a scholarship. If you are awarded a Grand Valley scholarship you will be notified by mail. Awards are typically made in late spring prior to the upcoming academic year.

Always Write a Thank You Letter

Scholarship donors are generous people who give to support the educational endeavors of students like you. Receiving a well written thank you letter from a student is always special and lets the donor know that his or her scholarship was greatly appreciated.  We encourage you to take the time to express your gratitude and remind them why students appreciate their gifts!