Support Scholarships

Scholarships help ensure that the best and brightest students can access a Grand Valley education and enrich our campus, regardless of their socioeconomic situation. Nine out of ten Grand Valley students need financial support from donors like you to complete their education.


  • Need-Based Scholarships
    These scholarships reduce the financial pressure on our students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to qualified students with financial need. There are two categories of need-based scholarships. Both ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth.
    • Supplements to federal grants:  these scholarships go to the students with the greatest overall financial need.
    • Support for moderate income students: these scholarships provide a pathway to graduation for moderate-income students who do not qualify for federal grants, but are still unable to fully finance a college education. Grand Valley's Pathway Scholarships are designed to help fill the gap between savings and financial aid for middle-income students. Nearly 30% of all Grand Valley students and their families qualify for Pathway Scholarships. Without donor-funded scholarships, these students often borrow more, graduate with greater debt, and work more hours while attending school than their classmates. They are the students who most often have to drop out of college for financial reasons.
  • Academic Merit Awards
    These scholarships, based on a student’s academic achievements, help attract and retain talented students to Grand Valley and West Michigan. Offering Academic Merit Awards to incoming freshmen and transfer students helps us continue drawing the best and brightest minds to West Michigan and keeping these talented individuals as part of our community and our state.

Types of Scholarships

  • Endowed Scholarships
    A permanent fund that is invested with the university's greater endowment fund. The earnings will be used to help students every year in perpetuity.
  • Annual Scholarships
    A fund that is created from a gift each year, ensuring annual support for students. The funds are used in full to help students and do not carry forward into future years.

Gifts to the Opportunity Fund for Access and Affordability are distributed annually to provide additional funding where it is most needed in scholarships and financial aid for students. Gifts of any size are welcome and will help students immediately.

To create your own scholarship, please contact University Development at (616) 331-6000 or

We currently have more than 527 donor-funded scholarships that you can contribute to. Visit the Fund Finder to support an area you are passionate about.  

Funding Options

There are different options to fund your scholarship:

  • Make an outright gift of cash or stock
  • Make a pledge over one to five years
  • Designate a gift through your will or estate


Briette Bryant Phillips ’08
Development Officer for Scholarship and Fellowship Giving
(616) 331-6529