Scholarships

Grand Valley offers 400+ endowed and department scholarships. The majority of scholarship deadlines fall between February 15 and March 1Students can begin to submit applications for the 2020-2021 academic year in early October of 2019.   These scholarships vary and may be based on interests, academic performance, special talents or major. Many of these scholarships are made possible through generous donations. Students may apply for these scholarships each year through myScholarships. To apply for scholarships, complete the general application. To view a comprehensive list of all GVSU scholarships without logging in, please access Our Opportunities.

Below, you will find some information on scholarships specifically for first-generation college students. If you need assistance finding scholarships or have any questions, please reach out to a TRIO advisor so we can help! 

GVSU Undergraduate Scholarships

All Program Scholarships & Awards

Recipients for this scholarship must have been accepted for admission to GVSU and must have freshman or sophomore standing during the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded.

  • Must be undergraduate students who are a member of an underrepresented group
  • Must be a resident of the Michigan counties of Wayne, Oakland or Genesee
  • Must be first-generation member of their family to attend university

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

The Thomas and Joyce Wisner Engineering Scholarship was established to provide maximum impact in the field of engineering today and in the future.

1. Nontraditional Students: Candidates and/or recipients, as applicable, for this scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  •  Candidates and recipients will be “nontraditional” students who are returning students, or students who are “retooling” and pursuing a second degree, or those who interrupted their education before completing a degree and are at least 24 years of age.
  • Candidates must have applied to and be accepted by Grand Valley State University for enrollment in the subsequent academic year.
  • Recipients must be enrolled with full-time or part-time status as a pre-engineering or declared engineering degree-seeking student in the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing.
  • Extra consideration will be given to scholarship candidates who have financial need. For financial need to be considered, candidates must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

2. First Generation Students: Candidates and/or recipients, as applicable, for this scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be the first person in his or her immediate family to pursue a college degree (neither parent/guardian(s) has a four-year degree).
  • Candidates must have applied to and be accepted by Grand Valley State University for enrollment.
  • Recipients must be enrolled with full-time status as a pre-engineering or declared engineering degree-seeking student

Award: Varies 

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The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage and assist students who are the first in their family to earn a four year degree.

To qualify students must:

  • Be accepted for or currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University (GVSU)
  • Be an undergraduate student enrolled for 12 credit hours or more
  • Have a declared major in chemistry
  • Have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA

Preference will be given to students who are first in their family to earn a four year degree (first generation).

Award: Varies 

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This scholarship was created to encourage and assist students pursuing careers in education who are the first in their family to earn a four-year degree.

  • Recipients must be accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Must be an undergraduate junior or senior and enrolled for 12 credit hours or more in the College of Education
  • Must have a cumulative 2.8 GPA or higher
  • Must be identified on their admissions application as students who are the first in their family (First Generation) to earn a four-year degree

Award: Varies 

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The English Faculty Scholarship for New Majors is awarded to two English majors annually. This scholarship has been made possible by the generosity of faculty members of the Grand Valley State University English Department.

  • Applicants must be declared English majors at time of application
  • Currently-enrolled student with fewer than 60 credit hours completed (1st or 2nd year student) during semester of application
  • Cumulative 2.5 grade point average or better
  • First-generation college student

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students with the cost of their education, increase awareness of careers in hospitality and tourism management, and promote diversity in the field. Recipients for this scholarship should:

  • Be accepted for or currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University (GVSU)
  • Must be an undergraduate enrolled for 12 credit hours or more in any course of study with priority given to students majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater and meet satisfactory academic progress standards.
  • Candidates must represent a minority status. Multiracial candidates may also qualify for this scholarship.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are the first in their family to earn a four-year degree (First Generation)

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

The purpose of this scholarship is to support first generation students pursuing a degree in education.

To qualify students must:

  • have been accepted or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • be an undergraduate student enrolled for 12 credit hours or more
  • be in the College or Education

Students shall be maintaining satisfactory academic progress (SAP) according to the norms established by the university and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

This scholarship is established to help first generation college students.

  • Must be the first person in his or her immediate family to pursue a college degree (neither parent/guardian(s) has a four year degree) as demonstrated on the application for admission.
  • Candidates must have applied to and be accepted by Grand Valley State University for enrollment in the Frederik Meijer Honors College.
  • Must be enrolled full time in the Frederik Meijer Honors College
  • Students who participate in the Faculty or Presidential Award of Distinction scholarship competition and are admitted to the Frederik Meijer Honors College will be considered

There is no application for this scholarship. However, students must apply for admission into the Frederik Meijer Honors College by December 31 to be considered.

Award: Varies (Full tuition: 12-15 credits per semester)

APPLY HERE 

This scholarship was created to assist First Generation students who are the first in their family to pursue and earn a four-year degree.

  • Applicants must be an undergraduate enrolled for 12 credit hours or more
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • Must be the first person in his or her immediate family to pursue a college degree

Financial need may be considered, and shall be demonstrated by the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist first generation students who have a parent that has previously been or currently incarcerated (defined as time spent in jail or prison). To be eligible for this scholarship recipients must:

  • Be accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Be an undergraduate student (including transfer students)
  • Be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more) in any course of study
  • Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress according to the norms established by the University
  • Preference will be given to students who are the first in their family to earn a four-year degree (first generation)

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

This scholarship is awarded in the spirit with hope that the minority recipients will use their education and a portion of their blessings to positively impact the lives of others.

  • Candidates must be accepted or currently attending GVSU
  • First year students must have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.1 or higher and an ACT composite score of at least a 20 or SAT score of at least 1040
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be a full-time student
  • Candidates must declare their minority status in their response to admissions application form questions regarding their racial/ethnic origins. Multiracial candidates may also qualify for this scholarship. Racial/ethnic origins categories, which qualify, are black/non-Hispanic, Hispanic, American Indian or Aleut, Asian or Pacific Islander
  • First priority will be given to otherwise qualified students candidates whose familial residence is the greater Holland-Zealand, MI area

Award: $3,000

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The purpose of scholarship is to reduce the financial stress on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth.

  • Must be accepted or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Must be undergraduate student junior or senior enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more)
  • Must be the first person in their immediate family to pursue a college degree (first generation)
  • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards as determined by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to women pursing a degree at GVSU.

  • Must be accepted or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Must be undergraduate student enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more) in any course of study
  • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Preference will be given to women who are the first in their family to earn a four year degree (first generation)

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist African American students who are the first in their family to earn a four year degree (first generation). This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth.

To be eligible for this scholarship applicants:

  • Must be accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Must be an undergraduate, first generation student enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more) in any course of study
  • Must identify as “African American” in their response to the admissions application form questions regarding racial/ethic origins
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress according to the norms established by the University
  • Preference will be given to graduates of Grand Rapids Public Schools and/or students who have lost one or both parent(s) or guardian(s)

Award: $3,000

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The purpose of this scholarship is to not only honor Mark A. Warren’s greatest attributes and accomplishments but to support future chemistry students in completing their journey in education and establishing a career filled with meaning and purpose as well as a future filled with hope and happiness.

  • Must be enrolled full-time
  • Must be a junior or senior
  • Must be a Chemistry major
  • Must have a 3.4 GPA or greater
  • Preference will be given to first generation college students
  • Preference will be given to those who demonstrate financial need by filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist student participants in University-approved internship opportunities in Washington, D.C.

To qualify students must:

  • Be accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Be an undergraduate student
  • Be enrolled in a University-approved internship opportunity in Washington, DC.
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by the University and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Preference will be given to candidates who are the first in their family to earn a four year degree (first generation).

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

This scholarship was created to encourage and assist students pursuing careers in education who are the first in their family to earn a four-year degree.

  • Students must be undergraduate junior or senior enrolled in 12 or more credit hours in the College of Education
  • Must have an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Preference will be given to first generation students

Award: Varies 

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The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students who are the first in their family to earn a four year degree (First Generation) and promote diversity at GVSU.

Recipients must:

  • Accepted and currently enrolled at GVSU
  • An undergraduate senior
  • Enrolled 12 or more credits
  • Any course of study
  • Shall be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) according to the norms established by the University and the Office or Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Candidates must be from underrepresented ethnic groups and must declare their minority status in their response to admissions application form questions regarding their racial/ethnic origins
  • Preference will be given to students who are the first in their family to earn a four year degree

Award: $2,000

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This scholarship is available to first year entering freshman who are accepted by GVSU into one of the many visual arts programs offered through Art and Design.

  • Must be a resident of Michigan
  • Preference given to residents of Ada Township, Cascade Township, Grand Rapids Township or Vergennes Township
  • Demonstration of financial need is not required, although should the top candidates have equal academic qualifications, it may be considered. Must file FAFSA for financial need consideration.

Award: $500

APPLY HERE 

The purpose of this scholarship is to promote and encourage careers in Geology and Earth Sciences and assist first generation college students and students from underrepresented groups with the costs of their education at Grand Valley State University (GVSU).

Recipients of this scholarship must:

  • Be accepted for or currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University (GVSU)
  • Be an undergraduate enrolled for 12 credit hours or more in the Geology or Earth Science major
  • Have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA in high school, or a cumulative Transfer or GVSU grade point average of 2.5 or greater
  • Be meeting satisfactory academic progress (https://www.gvsu.edu/financialaid/satisfactory-academic-progress-sap-17.htm)

Preference will be given to candidates who are the first in their family to earn a four year degree (First Generation) and/or be a member of underrepresented groups in the fields of Geology or Earth Science

Award: $3,000

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The purpose of this scholarship is to award a scholarship to a student that best exemplifies what Teri was most passionate about at GVSU. Preference will be given to students who fit into one or more of the following criteria: first generation, challenged with Crohn’s or Colitis, involved in performing and/or visual arts/music at GVSU, comes from a working class family and is considered middle-income and/or a non-traditional student.

To qualify you must:

  • Have been accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Must be an undergraduate student enrolled at least part-time
  • Must be making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by the University

Preference will be given to students who fit into one or more of the following criteria: first generation, challenged with Crohn’s or Colitis, involved in performing and/or visual arts/music at GVSU, comes from a working class family and is considered middle-income, and/or a non-traditional student.

Award: Varies 

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The scholarship was created to assist students from the Metropolitan Detroit Area who are the first in their family to earn a four-year degree.

  • Recipients must be undergraduate
  • Must have permanent residence in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Lapeer, Genesee, Livingston, Washtenaw, or Monroe counties
  • Must be enrolled for 12 credit hours or more
  • Preference given to students who are their first in their family to earn a four-year degree
  • Financial need may be considered

Award: $5,000

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The purpose of this scholarship is to assist student from Michigan, who are the first in their families to earn a four year degree, with the costs of a Grand Valley degree, and to encourage and reward students who are on track to graduate in four years.

To be eligible, student must:

  • Be an undergraduate junior or senior at GVSU
  • Be enrolled for 15 credit hour or more in any course of study
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Student must be a permanent resident of the State of Michigan

US citizenship is not required. Preference will be given to students who are the first in their family to earn a four year degree. Financial need may be considered.

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

The General Dynamics Land Systems Engineering Scholarship is given to qualified Grand Valley State University students who are pursuing a degree in engineering.

  • Must submit a complete admissions application and be accepted to Grand Valley State University by February 1st
  • May be incoming freshman, transfer or upper-class student
  • Must be enrolled full-time as pre-engineering or have declared engineering as a major
  • High School and transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 either in high school (if first year student) in another accredited college or university (if transfer student)
    *Returning students must have 3.0 Grand Valley GPA
  • Must have a math sub score of at least 27 ACT/ 665 SAT and composite of at least 25 ACT/ 1210 SAT
  • Must have successfully completed at least 6 units of high school mathematics and science courses
  • Must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). First priority will be given to scholarship candidates that have financial need.

Award: Up to $1,500 

APPLY HERE 

This scholarship was made available for those who have participated in the TRiO Upward Bound Program, a TRiO program within GVSU followed by those from TRiO programs in Grand Rapids Public Schools.

  • Candidates who have participated in the Upward Bound Program, a TRiO program incorporated within the Advising Resources & Special Programs unit at Grand Valley State will be given preference
  • Must be enrolled full or part-time in a degree-seeking major
  • Students must have a GPA of 3.0 and an ACT score of 18 or better, or SAT score of 970 or better
  • Students must demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA
  • Transfer students must have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Transfer students Must be GRPS grads with an Associates Degree from Grand Rapids Community College

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

This scholarship was made available to help out fellow students with the rising cost of college tuition.

  • Undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year
  • Must be enrolled full time with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Available to both U.S. and International students
  • Must be currently involved in the community (on or off campus, volunteer or philanthropic activities.)
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need
  • Transfer candidates must be accepted by GVSU for enrollment and be attending the university

Award: $500 - $1,000 

APPLY HERE 

This scholarship will assist non-traditional students who have no parental support to count toward the cost of their education and would benefit greatly from additional scholarship support. Non-traditional students include students who did not begin pursuing a bachelor’s degree immediately following high school graduation and/or may have family or work responsibilities to balance in addition to their studies at Grand Valley. To be eligible for this scholarship:

  • Recipients shall have been accepted for or currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University (GVSU).
  • They must be an undergraduate junior or senior and enrolled for 12 credit hours or more in any course of study
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of (3.0) or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Preference will be given to non-traditional students who may be balancing work or family responsibilities in addition to pursuing a degree

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

This scholarship was created to assist incoming freshmen or transfers students, as well as students currently attending GVSU. This scholarship is specifically for African-American students who demonstrate a high level of interest in pursuing a career in business and/or entrepreneurship.

  • Applicants must be African-American students in any major
  • Freshman, transfer and current students who are attending GVSU are eligible to apply
  • Student must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Award: Up to 3,000 

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This scholarship was created to advance and support persons of color in their pursuit of an undergraduate degree from the Seidman School of Business.

  • Must be going in to their junior year
  • Transfer students must have Associate’s degree from accredited institution, or be of junior status
  • Recipients must be enrolled with full-time status as a degree-seeking student in the GVSU Seidman School of Business
  • Must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA or better and be making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by the University and Seidman School of Business
  • Must declare to be a person of color in their response to scholarship application form questions regarding their racial/ethnic origins (Black/non-Hispanic, Hispanic, Native American, or Aleut, Asian or Pacific Islander)
  • Financial need as demonstrated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required

Award: Up to $1,500 

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This scholarship was established to assist students who might not be able to attend and finish college because of family financial situations. It is intended for a student not initially selected for the Thompson Working Family Scholarship program as an incoming Freshman, but has demonstrated significant academic progress in their freshman year at GVSU. This scholarship is $5,000 per year, and is renewable for 2 additional years for a total award of $15,000.

  • Second-year GVSU student, originally admitted as an incoming Freshman
  • Must have graduate from a Michigan high school
  • Admitted as a degree-seeking, full time student
  • Have a demonstrated need for financial assistance, a completed FAFSA is required
  • Must have applied for all available federal, state and local assistance, work is included
  • Considered as a member of a working family, not necessarily urban or poor
  • Preference will be given to students with the largest gap between eligible aid and tuition
  • Veterans of any full time U.S. or National Guard military service in excess of one year will have the new first year criteria waived and will have special attention in the process
  • Each recipient will be required to perform a minimum of ten hours of community service per semester.

Award: $5,000 

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The purpose of this scholarship is to assist and encourage students with financial need who are graduates of urban schools or who participated in Upward Bound/TRiO programs.

  • Recipients of this scholarship shall have been accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU.
  • Must be an undergraduate entering his/her senior year
  • Enrolled for 12 credit hours or more in any course of study
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater meet satisfactory academic progress standards
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are graduates of urban schools as identified by admissions and candidates who participated in Upward Bound/TRiO programs.

Award: $1,000

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The original intent of this scholarship was to assist African-American women in developing and achieving their academic goals. Today, this scholarship is offered to any GVSU student who demonstrates a successful service contribution to African American women and girls and/or a demonstrated personal commitment to African American Women’s issues.

  • This scholarship is open to all student applicants regardless of their race, creed, color, gender or sexual orientation
  • Preference to part or full-time, re-entering or non-traditional applicants.
  • Students who are studying abroad are encouraged to apply

Award: Varies 

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This scholarship was established to help African-American students who are seeking a degree in business management.

  • Recipients for this scholarship shall have been accepted for or currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University (GVSU)
  • Must be an undergraduate African-American student majoring in Business Management
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more)
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA after completing 15 credits at Grand Valley
  • Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards

Award: Up to $1,000

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The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and assist African American students from Wayne County with the costs of earning their degree in business at Grand Valley State University.

  • Candidates must be accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Candidates must be a junior, senior, or transfer undergraduate student
  • Must be enrolled full-time in the Seidman College of Business
  • Must be making satisfactory academic progress
  • Preference will be given to students from Wayne County

Award: $1,500 

APPLY HERE 

 

This scholarship is awarded based on minority status as defined by being a person of color and the student’s ability to articulate their commitment to advocating for social justice for minority populations in their community.

  • MSW applicants must have degree-seeking status and have completed four core courses or have Advanced Standing
  • BSW applicants must have degree-seeking status and be a second semester junior or have senior status
  • Must have GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be Black/Non-Hispanic, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander or Native American

Award: Up to $1,000 

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This scholarship was initially established to encourage Asian Americans to advance their higher education and offer some financial assistance. Students must be current students at GVSU with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Award: $1,000

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Freshmen & Transfer Student Scholarships

The First Generation Urban Schools Scholarship was established to provide opportunities for new incoming students who are the first in their families to attend college and may receive little encouragement and financial support to attend.

  • Must be the first person in his or her immediate family to pursue a college degree (neither parent/guardian has a four year degree), as reported on their admissions application.
  • Must be a graduate of a high school identified as a urban school or additional schools identified by the financial aid office (please contact financial aid office for full listing).
  • Incoming transfer students are eligible, including those transferring from the community college in Michigan, and who are also graduates of a listed urban high school.
  • Recipients must maintain an minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and be making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by the University
  • Preference will be given to graduates from Michigan Urban Schools
  • Candidates must be accepted by Grand Valley State University for enrollment and recipients must be attending GVSU as full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students to be eligible to receive this scholarship
  • Must have financial need as demonstrated by Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Award: Varies 

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The purpose of this scholarship is to annually provide scholarships to one or more undergraduate students attending GVSU who have the intent to pursue a degree in business. Recipients for this scholarship must have been accepted for admission to GVSU and must have freshman or sophomore standing during the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded.

  • Must be undergraduate students who are a member of an underrepresented group
  • Must be a resident of the Michigan counties of Wayne, Oakland or Genesee
  • Must be first-generation member of their family to attend university

Award: Varies 

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The English Faculty Scholarship for New Majors is awarded to two English majors annually. This scholarship has been made possible by the generosity of faculty members of the Grand Valley State University English Department.

  • Applicants must be declared English majors at time of application
  • Currently-enrolled student with fewer than 60 credit hours completed (1st or 2nd year student) during semester of application
  • Cumulative 2.5 grade point average or better
  • First-generation college student

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist and encourage students of color who are pursuing higher education in information technology fields.

To qualify, students must:

  • Be accepted for or currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University (GVSU)
  • Declare their minority status on their admissions application questions regarding their racial/ethnic origins
  • Be a graduate of a public high school in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Oakland, Wayne or Macomb county
  • Be an incoming freshman enrolled 12 credit hours or more
  • Be majoring in computer science, information systems, or information technology

Preference will be given to students who are graduates of urban schools identified by the financial aid office and first generation students.

Award: Varies

APPLY HERE 

The General Dynamics Land Systems Engineering Scholarship is given to qualified Grand Valley State University students who are pursuing a degree in engineering.

  • Must submit a complete admissions application and be accepted to Grand Valley State University by February 1st
  • May be incoming freshman, transfer or upper-class student
  • Must be enrolled full-time as pre-engineering or have declared engineering as a major
  • High School and transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 either in high school (if first year student) in another accredited college or university (if transfer student)
    *Returning students must have 3.0 Grand Valley GPA
  • Must have a math sub score of at least 27 ACT/ 665 SAT and composite of at least 25 ACT/ 1210 SAT
  • Must have successfully completed at least 6 units of high school mathematics and science courses
  • Must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). First priority will be given to scholarship candidates that have financial need.

Award: Up to $1,500

APPLY HERE 

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students to help with the cost of their education at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). To be eligible for this scholarship:

  • Recipients shall have been accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Must be an undergraduate enrolled for 12 credit hours or more
  • Must be making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by the University
  • Preference will be given to those who transferred from Grand Rapids Community College

Award: Varies 

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Carl and Claudia Bajema created this scholarship in order to provide GRPS graduates who are Grand Rapids residents with the opportunity to access a Grand Valley education.

  • Recipients of this scholarship must be graduates of GRPS and accepted at GVSU.
  • Candidates must have at least a 3.5 high school GPA and 24 ACT or 1180 SAT
  • If the recipient is enrolled for fewer than 12 hours, the award will be prorated.
  • Transfer students are also eligible for this scholarship if they are graduates of a GRPS high school, residents of Grand Rapids at the time of graduation from the GRPS high school, and meet the high school GPA and ACT score requirements specified above.
  • Financial need will be considered based on FAFSA.

Award: Varies 

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The purpose of this scholarship is to reduce financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley Education accessible to students from all background. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth.

  • Recipients shall be accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Must be an undergraduate transfer from Grand Rapids Community College
  • Must have an Associates of Art or Associates of Science degree
  • Must be enrolled in 12 credit hours or more in any course of study
  • Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide opportunities for graduates of the Grand Rapids Public Schools to attend college. The scholarship is designated to also benefit student who have participated in the TRiO Upward Bound program.

  • Candidates who have participated in the Upward Bound Program, a TRiO program incorporated within the Advising Resources & Special Programs unit at Grand Valley State will be given preference*
  • Candidates from other TRiO programs who have graduated from Grand Rapids Public Schools may be considered if no one in the GVSU program applies
  • Must be an entering new freshman or transfer student from Grand Rapids Community College who have earned an Associate’s Degree
  • Entering freshmen must have a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA and a minimum ACT composite score of 18 or SAT composite score of 970. Transfer students must have a prior college GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Full-time student
  • Must demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Award: Varies 

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The purpose of this scholarship is to assist transfer students from GRCC and reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth.

To qualify students must

  • have been accepted or be currently enrolled at GVSU
  • be a transfer student from GRCC
  • enrolled as an undergraduate for 12 hours or more in any course of study
  • be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) according to the norms established by the University and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Preference will be given to students who identify their minority status in their response to the admissions application form questions regarding their racial/ethnics origins.

Award: $3,000

APPLY HERE 

This scholarship was created to assist incoming freshmen or transfers students, as well as students currently attending GVSU. This scholarship is specifically for African-American students who demonstrate a high level of interest in pursuing a career in business and/or entrepreneurship.

  • Applicants must be African-American students in any major
  • Freshman, transfer and current students who are attending GVSU are eligible to apply
  • Student must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Award: Up to $3,000 

APPLY HERE 

The Mayor George K. Heartwell Through College Scholarship was established to support students who graduate from a Grand Rapids Public High School.

  • Must be a graduate of a Grand Rapids Public High School
  • Transfer students who transferred directly from Grand Rapids Community College and graduated from a GRPS high school are eligible
  • Must be at junior or senior status

Award: $3,000

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The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize the outstanding members of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society at Michigan community colleges at time of application for admission.

  • Must have a total cumulative 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 new, full time transfer student for fall enrollment

Award: Up to $1,500

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This scholarship was created to advance and support persons of color in their pursuit of an undergraduate degree from the Seidman School of Business.

  • Must be going in to their junior year
  • Transfer students must have Associate’s degree from accredited institution, or be of junior status
  • Recipients must be enrolled with full-time status as a degree-seeking student in the GVSU Seidman School of Business
  • Must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA or better and be making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by the University and Seidman School of Business
  • Must declare to be a person of color in their response to scholarship application form questions regarding their racial/ethnic origins (Black/non-Hispanic, Hispanic, Native American, or Aleut, Asian or Pacific Islander)
  • Financial need as demonstrated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required

Award: Up to $1,500 

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This scholarship was made available for those who have participated in the TRiO Upward Bound Program, a TRiO program within GVSU followed by those from TRiO programs in Grand Rapids Public Schools.

  • Candidates who have participated in the Upward Bound Program, a TRiO program incorporated within the Advising Resources & Special Programs unit at Grand Valley State will be given preference
  • Must be enrolled full or part-time in a degree-seeking major
  • Students must have a GPA of 3.0 and an ACT score of 18 or better, or SAT score of 970 or better
  • Students must demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA
  • Transfer students must have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Transfer students Must be GRPS grads with an Associates Degree from Grand Rapids Community College

Award: Varies 

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This scholarship was made available to help out fellow students with the rising cost of college tuition.

  • Undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year
  • Must be enrolled full time with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Available to both U.S. and International students
  • Must be currently involved in the community (on or off campus, volunteer or philanthropic activities.)
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need
  • Transfer candidates must be accepted by GVSU for enrollment and be attending the university

Award: $500 - $1,000 

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This scholarship was established to assist students who might not be able to attend and finish college because of family financial situations. This scholarship is $5,000 per year, and is renewable for 1 additional year for a total award of $10,000.

  • New student transferring from a Michigan Community College with at least 30 semester credits
  • Admitted as a degree-seeking student who will enroll as a full time student
  • Have a demonstrated need for financial assistance, a completed FAFSA is required
  • Must have applied for all available federal, state and local assistance, work is included
  • Considered as a member of a working family, not necessarily urban or poor
  • Preference will be given to students with the largest gap between eligible aid and tuition
  • Veterans of any full time U.S. or National Guard military service in excess of one year will have the new first year criteria waived and will have special attention in the process
  • Each recipient will be required to perform a minimum of ten hours of community service per semester

Award: $5,000

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Scholarships are available to a limited number of incoming first-year students who have indicated an interest in majoring in either computer science or information systems. These scholarships are available to a select group of students who meet the minimum requirements. The scholarship is dependent on maintaining certain academic standards while at GVSU.

  • Applicants must be admitted to Grand Valley State University and have declared the intent to major in either Computer Science or Information Systems
  • The student must have at least a high school GPA of 3.5 and a 28 ACT/ 1310 SAT or better
  • The student must be enrolling at GVSU as a full-time student

Award: Varies

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This scholarship is intended to be awarded to students who participated in the TRiO Upward Bound program with a dream to receive a college degree.

  • Candidates who have participated in the Upward Bound Program, a TRiO program incorporated within the Advising Resources & Special Programs unit at Grand Valley State University, will be given preference
  • Candidates who have participated in other TRiO programs offered in Grand Rapids or nationally will be considered if no participant from the GVSU Upward Bound Program applies
  • Incoming freshman who have participated in the TRiO Upward Bound program will be given preference. However, students at any undergraduate level may apply for this scholarship if they meet the criteria outlined herein.
  • Candidates must be accepted to GVSU, be degree seeking, attending GVSU and making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Financial need as defined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required

Award: Varies 

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This scholarship was designed for incoming freshman who plan to enroll in the Padnos College of Engineering.

  • Entering engineering freshman applying for admission by December 31
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA and a minimum composite test score of 23 ACT/ 1140 SAT with a math score of 26 ACT/650 SAT or better
  • Must have six units of high school math and science.
  • Be enrolled full time 

Award: $1,000 - $2,000 

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This scholarship is designed to support incoming freshmen business majors at GVSU.

  • Applicants must be entering freshman majoring in business
  • Must have a 3.5 GPA and a minimum 29 ACT composite score or 1340 SAT for non-Michigan residents
  • Be enrolled full time.
  • Must remain a business major in the Seidman College of Business.

Award: $1,000 

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The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to minority students who show a strong desire to pursue a career in the field of engineering.

  • Entering freshmen and transfer students must complete application for admission by February 1 and be accepted by GVSU
  • Must be enrolled with full-time status as pre-engineering or declared engineering degree-seeking student in the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, School of Engineering
  • Must possess a strong desire to pursue an education in engineering. Experience in the field via an internship, co-op, or other work related experience is preferred and the recipient must demonstrate academic potential for success in the engineering program
  • Entering freshmen must have completed at least 6 units of high school mathematics and science courses
  • Candidates must also demonstrate financial need as determined by filing the FAFSA

Award: Varies 

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The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize and assist African American students from Wayne County with the costs of earning their degree in business at Grand Valley State University.

  • Candidates must be accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Candidates must be a junior, senior, or transfer undergraduate student
  • Must be enrolled full-time in the Seidman College of Business
  • Must be making satisfactory academic progress
  • Preference will be given to students from Wayne County

Award: $1,500 

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The purpose of this scholarship is to assist Hispanic/Latino students (including undocumented students and dependents of migrant farm workers) with the cost of earning a degree at GVSU. To qualify for this scholarship, students must:

  • Must be undergraduate entering freshman with a Hispanic or Latino racial/ethnic background (including undocumented students or dependents of migrant farm workers)
  • Must be enrolled for 12 credit hours or more in any course of study
  • Must be making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by Grand Valley State University

Award: Varies 

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More than 100 incoming Freshmen will be selected each year to receive this $2,000 scholarship, which can be used towards a GVSU approved study abroad program anytime during their 4 years at GVSU. Study abroad is the opportunity to study outside of the United States while earning GVSU credit.

To apply, write a compelling essay (200-500 words) about where you would want to study abroad and why. We encourage you to include how studying abroad would impact you on a personal, professional or academic level. The essay will be the primary consideration for awarding the scholarship, so the committee encourages you to put thought and time into it.

Over 100 scholarships awarded per year.

Eligibility Information:

  • Available only to new incoming Freshman undergraduate applicants
  • Scholarship requires full-time enrollment and GVSU must be first institution attending after high school
  • Awardees are still eligible for additional study abroad scholarships
  • To access scholarships after enrollment, awardee must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress at Grand Valley
  • Scholarship must be used within four years after initial enrollment at GVSU, and may only be used on a GVSU-approved, for-credit study abroad program

Award: $2,000 

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Study Abroad

This scholarship is designed to support students interested in pursuing a full-time internship abroad for a minimum of 8 weeks. Students must complete the scholarship application by the deadline. Late applications will not be considered. Priority will be given to students with financial need. Priority will also be given to students who have not already had a significant academic or internship abroad experience. Students need to demonstrate financial need by filing the FAFSA.

To be considered, student must:

  • Be participating in an internship abroad with a minimum internship period of 8 weeks
  • Students must be earning credit for the internship
  • This scholarship is designed for those participating in a full-time internship. This is not available to students who are participating in a study abroad + internship combination.
  • Must have a completed OASIS application in by the priority deadline for the semester you plan to be abroad.

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

This scholarship is part of the Seidman College of Business Study Abroad Scholarship program. It provides financial support and recognition to business students who study in a foreign country.

Winter Semester Study Abroad: Apply by November 1

Spring/Summer and Fall Semester Study Abroad: Apply to the Seidman College of Business Study Abroad Scholarship (Spring/Summer, Fall and Academic Year). Application period opens November 1 through March 1.

  • Full-time undergraduate or full-time/part-time graduate business majors
  • Must have completed a minimum of 12 credits at GVSU
  • Study abroad application must be accepted by the Padnos International Center
  • Good academic standing / Strong academic credentials
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Students must be willing to promote study abroad when they return to GVSU

Award: Varies 

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More than 100 incoming Freshmen will be selected each year to receive this $2,000 scholarship, which can be used towards a GVSU approved study abroad program anytime during their 4 years at GVSU. Study abroad is the opportunity to study outside of the United States while earning GVSU credit.

To apply, write a compelling essay (200-500 words) about where you would want to study abroad and why. We encourage you to include how studying abroad would impact you on a personal, professional or academic level. The essay will be the primary consideration for awarding the scholarship, so the committee encourages you to put thought and time into it.

Over 100 scholarships awarded per year.

Eligibility Information:

  • Available only to new incoming Freshman undergraduate applicants
  • Scholarship requires full-time enrollment and GVSU must be first institution attending after high school
  • Awardees are still eligible for additional study abroad scholarships
  • To access scholarships after enrollment, awardee must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress at Grand Valley
  • Scholarship must be used within four years after initial enrollment at GVSU, and may only be used on a GVSU-approved, for-credit study abroad program

Award: $2,000 

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The Barbara H. Padnos International Scholars program is intended to support substantive study abroad programs for GVSU undergraduates. Recognizing the benefit that long-term study abroad can provide to students throughout their lifetimes, the Barbara H. Padnos International Scholars program provides opportunities for students to engage in long-term study, thereby acquiring an in-depth understanding of the language, culture, and values of another country. Ideally, Padnos scholars will spend as much time as possible in the host country/culture. Therefore, only students studying abroad for two semesters or an academic year at one location will be considered eligible, with special consideration for students who have a plan to spend more than 10 months abroad (up to and beyond a full calendar year).

The Padnos Scholar selection process is meant to identify the most promising applicants: those who demonstrate great potential for success through study abroad, as well as those who will positively share their year-abroad experience with others.

  • Student must be full time, degree seeking students attending a full year overseas study program (two semesters, one location)
  • Student must have earned a minimum of 24 credits by time of application
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Students must be planning to spend at least two full semesters in the host country/culture, ideally a full calendar year
  • Students must be happy to be identified in publicity by Padnos International Center as an awardee
  • Students must be making satisfactory academic progress and working toward a degree
  • Preference is given to students in the Arts and Humanities

Award: $5,000 - $15,000

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This scholarship is designed to support students interested in pursuing a full-time internship abroad for a minimum of 8 weeks. Students must complete the scholarship application by the deadline. Late applications will not be considered. Priority will be given to students with financial need. Priority will also be given to students who have not already had a significant academic or internship abroad experience. Students need to demonstrate financial need by filing the FAFSA.

To be considered, student must:

  • Be participating in an internship abroad with a minimum internship period of 8 weeks
  • Students must be earning credit for the internship
  • This scholarship is designed for those participating in a full-time internship. This is not available to students who are participating in a study abroad + internship combination.
  • Must have a completed OASIS application in by the priority deadline for the semester you plan to be abroad.

Award: Varies 

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The Mark A. & Elizabeth C. Murray Scholarship for Study Abroad is intended to support students who wish to study outside of the United States but without this fund would otherwise not be able to afford to do so.

  • Students must be enrolled full-time as degree-seeking students and making satisfactory academic progress. Recipients must be taking for credit coursework outside of the United States of America
  • Must demonstrate need for financial assistance with travel expenses (airfare, passports, etc.) and show that international study for them would be impossible without such assistance
  • Filing a FAFSA will help demonstrate financial need. Must have a current FAFSA form on file with GVSU’s Financial Aid office, in order to help demonstrate appropriate financial need
  • Students must also be planning on participating on an approved for-credit Study Abroad program that involves overseas study for no fewer than 8 weeks
  • Must have 14 GVSU credit hours and 2.8 GPA or higher

Award: $1,500 - $5,000

APPLY HERE 

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in a short-term study abroad program of less than eight-weeks, including but not limited to faculty-led programs and overseas internships.

  • Recipients of this scholarship must be currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University (GVSU)
  • Must be accepted to or enrolled in a University approved short-term study abroad program
  • Must be meeting satisfactory academic progress standards
  • Preference will be given to past recipients of the Mary and Wilhelm Seeger Scholarship

Financial need may be considered, and shall be demonstrated by the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Award: $2,000

APPLY HERE 

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide a scholarship in spring/summer semester for student-athletes who have financial need and have not had the opportunity to pursue study abroad previously.

To qualify students must:
*be accepted for or currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University (GVSU)
*be an undergraduate NCAA student-athlete enrolled for 3 credit hours or more in an officially sponsored academic program abroad, approved by GVSU’s Padnos International Center, which involves a course that counts towards their GVSU degree.
*be meeting satisfactory academic progress (https://www.gvsu.edu/financialaid/satisfactory-academic-progress-sap-17.htm)

Renewal Criteria: This scholarship may not be renewed.

*Financial need is required, and shall be demonstrated by the completion of the Free Application fro Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Award: Varies

APPLY HERE 

Brooks College Scholarship for Study Abroad

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students with the costs of study abroad programs and to encourage students to seek out study abroad experiences that provide a transformational experience in the classroom and in the community.

  • Recipients for this scholarship shall have been accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Must be an undergraduate junior or senior with a declared major or minor in one of the programs offered by Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies or a junior or senior in good standing in the Honors College.
  • Must have completed at least two core courses of the major or minor
  • Must be meeting satisfactory progress according to the norms established by the University
  • Preference will be given to students who have been accepted into any faculty-led study abroad program that includes service learning

Award: Varies 

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The purpose of this scholarship is to assist HTM students with the cost of their study abroad program.

  • Must be an undergraduate student enrolled for three credits hours or more with a declared major in HTM.
  • Must be accepted to participate in an HTM filed study course with an international component and/or a HTM faculty-led study abroad program
  • Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

Scholarships are available to CS and IS majors who study abroad at an institution of higher learning in another country. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide students with greater opportunities in their study of computer science or information systems.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a CS or IS major
  • Must plan to study abroad during the next academic year
  • Have 45 credit hours completed
  • Have 14 credit hours in the major completed at GVSU
  • Have a GPA of 3.2 overall or better

Award: Varies 

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The purpose of this scholarship is to make study abroad opportunities attainable to students who want to learn and experience new cultures.

  • Recipients of this scholarship shall have been accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Must be an undergraduate junior or senior enrolled in a university approved study abroad program
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or greater
  • Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards
  • Financial need may be considered, and shall be demonstrated by the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Award: $1,000

APPLY HERE 

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students studying history or social studies with the costs of studying abroad to enhance their education at GVSU.

  • Recipients of this scholarships shall have been accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Must be an undergraduate junior or senior and enrolled for 12 credit hours
  • Must be a History or Social Studies major with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have been accepted for an approved semester or year-long study abroad program

Award: Varies 

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This scholarship provides financial support and recognition to business students who study in a foreign country. The scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate business majors. With support from this scholarship, students can prepare for a global workplace, and position themselves for success in a world that is more diverse, complex, and interdependent.

  • Candidates must be full-time undergraduate or full-time/part-time graduate business students
  • Must have completed a minimum of 12 credits at GVSU
  • Study abroad application must be accepted by the Padnos International Center
  • Good academic standing / Strong academic credentials
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Students must be willing to promote study abroad when they return to GVSU

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

The purpose of this scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad or complete an internship abroad.

  • Must be accepted and currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Must be an undergraduate enrolled in a faculty led study abroad program or internship abroad
  • Must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial need is required, and will be demonstrated by the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Award: Varies 

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This scholarship was established to provide encouragement and financial assistance to Spanish majors who have desire to promote cultural understanding among Spanish speaking populations. Ideal candidates would be students who plan to study abroad and have engaged in service learning projects or activities that increase intercultural awareness of Spanish speaking countries.

  • Must be accepted for or are currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Must be an undergraduate enrolled as a full-time junior or senior student with a major in Spanish, and be making satisfactory academic progress
  • Must demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA

Award: $3,000

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The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad.

  • Must be enrolled at GVSU
  • Must be an undergraduate accepted for enrollment in a faculty-led study abroad program
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial need is required, and will be demonstrated by the completion of the Free Application for the Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Award: Varies 

APPLY HERE 

The purpose of the Johnson Leadership Scholarship is to provide financial support for students interested in traveling abroad to advance their leadership skills in any career or area of interest. The scholarship will encourage students who are committed to lifelong learning, developing a global perspective and making a difference. By encouraging study abroad, they hope that students will aspire to what is called `Arete, Greek word meaning to live up to one’s full potential and greatest effectiveness.

  • Recipients for this scholarship should be accepted or fully enrolled at GVSU
  • They must be an undergraduate and enrolled as a full-time junior, senior, or transfer student
  • Must demonstrate financial need by completing the FAFSA, and shall be making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by the University
  • Preference will be given to candidates enrolled in a semester long study abroad program approved by the Padnos International Center at GVSU, and students from Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties

Award: Varies 

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This scholarship is designed to encourage and assist students pursuing degrees in accounting to take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad.

  • Candidates must undergraduate or graduate students admitted to the Seidman College of Business—School of Accounting
  • Candidates must be attending full-time and making satisfactory academic progress
  • Candidates must be accepted to a study abroad program that is approved by Seidman College of Business—International Business Program
  • Preference will be given to candidates enrolled in a semester-long study abroad program. If there are no eligible applicants enrolled in a full semester study abroad program then preference will be given to an accounting student participating in a spring or summer study abroad program

Award: $1,200 

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The original intent of this scholarship was to assist African-American women in developing and achieving their academic goals. Today, this scholarship is offered to any GVSU student who demonstrates a successful service contribution to African American women and girls and/or a demonstrated personal commitment to African American Women’s issues.

  • This scholarship is open to all student applicants regardless of their race, creed, color, gender or sexual orientation
  • Preference to part or full-time, re-entering or non-traditional applicants.
  • Students who are studying abroad are encouraged to apply

Award: Varies 

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This scholarship is part of the Seidman College of Business Study Abroad Scholarship program. It provides financial support and recognition to business students who study in a foreign country.

  • Full-time undergraduate or full-time/part-time graduate business majors
  • Must have completed a minimum of 12 credits at GVSU
  • Study abroad application must be accepted by the Padnos International Center
  • Good academic standing / Strong academic credentials
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Students must be willing to promote study abroad when they return to GVSU

Award: Varies 

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The purpose of this scholarship is to assist students who demonstrate an interest in wildlife ecology, conservation, or animal behavior with the costs of studying abroad or scholarship that will enhance their educational experience at GVSU.

  • Recipients of this scholarship shall have been accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Must be an undergraduate student, enrolled in 6 credit hours or more (part-time or full-time status) in any course of study
  • Must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards
  • Preference will be given to students enrolled in a university approved study abroad program and/or students who demonstrate involvement in scholarship outside of the classroom that will enhance their educational experience

Award: Varies

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The purpose of this scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth. This scholarship will make study abroad opportunities possible for students majoring or minoring in international relations that have never traveled outside of North America.

  • Be accepted for or currently enrolled at GVSU
  • Be an undergraduate enrolled for 12 credit hours or more
  • Be pursing a major or minor in international relations
  • Be accepted for enrollment in a faculty-led or approved study abroad program
  • Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress According to the norms established by the University

Financial need may be considered, and shall be demonstrated by the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). First priority will be given to students with financial need and second priority will be given to students from middle-income families.

Award: $3,000

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Graduate Scholarships and Awards

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist graduate students in the Occupational Therapy program with the cost of their education.

To qualify students must:

  • have been accepted for or currently enrolled at Grand Valley State University
  • be a graduate student enrolled in Occupational Therapy

Preference will be given to those who are first generation college graduates.

Students shall be making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by the University and the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Award: $1,000

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Additional External Scholarships and Opportunities

Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation partnered with UNCF to provide a scholarship opportunity for students from the state of Michigan. The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation was founded by Mrs. Eda U. Gerstacker in 1957, in memory of her husband. Its primary purpose is to carry on, indefinitely, financial aid to charities of all types supported by Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Gerstacker during their lifetimes.

To be eligible for this scholarship opportunity, candidates must:

  • Be from the state of Michigan
  • Attend an accredited 4-year college or university in the United States
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

Award: varies 

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The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, they invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field.

Eligibility: 

  • A New American (a green card holder or naturalized citizen if born abroad; a child of parents who were not U.S citizens at the time of their births; someone born outside of the U.S and adopted by U.S citizens; a DACA recipient) 
  • Not yet 31 years old as of the application deadline 
  • A college senior or holder of a bachelor's degree. Not beyond second year -if already enrolled- in the graduate degree program

Award: Provides up to $90,000 in support towards living expenses and tuition over two years.

APPLY HERE 

 

The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is a merit-based program that helps students fulfill their dreams of a higher education. The scholarship is named for Gen and Kelly Tanabe, best-selling authors on education, whose generous donations fund this program.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be 9th-12th grade high school, college, or graduate student including adult students.
  • US citizen or legal resident of the U.S.
  • Currently in school or planning to start school within the next 12 months

Winners are chosen by committee, which bases its decision primarily on a brief 250-word essay. The first place award is a $1,000 scholarship. The award can be used for tuition, room and board, required fees or any educational expense.

Award: $1,000

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Microsoft awards tuition and conference scholarships each year to encourage students to further their learnings in Computer Science and related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. Recipients for the scholarship will be awarded in recognition of their demonstrated passion for technology, academic excellence, and leadership while working to push the software industry forward. The Scholarship program is especially committed to offering scholarships to those individuals from backgrounds that may have historically been underrepresented in the technical field and who demonstrate exceptional leadership work in the promotion of diversity in STEM disciplines at their university.

Eligibility:

  • • Be enrolled full time in a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university in the United States, Canada or Mexico at the time you submit the application.
  • • A demonstrated record of academic achievement/excellence. Because the scholarship is merit-based, you must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0, or a 4.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 5.0.
  • • Show satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering or a related STEM discipline.

Award: Varies 

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The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Los Angeles, was established in 1998 by Mr. Kim L. Hunter to address the lack of diversity in the advertising, marketing and public relations fields. TLF provides scholarships, career development workshops, professional development, mentors and internships to African American/Black, American Indian/Native American, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or DACA recipient
  • Must be a member of one of the following ethnic groups: African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino or Native American/Alaska Native
  • Must be a full-time student at a four-year, accredited institution within the U.S., carrying a total of 12 units or more per semester/quarter
  • *Must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA (if you do not meet this requirement, please see the application checklist below)
  • MUST major in a field of study that has an emphasis on advertising, marketing or public relations
  • Must have at least one year to complete his/her degree from the time the scholarships are awarded in May 2021
  • Recipients MUST be available to participate in the scholarship activities . If chosen, the applicant MUST attend TLF's scholarship activities to receive the scholarship. The applicant must make a one-year commitment to maintain contact with TLF to receive professional guidance and academic support.

Award: $2,500

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The Hispanic College Scholarship Fund is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to: Graduating High School Seniors, Community College Transfer Students, Undergraduate Students and Graduate Students. 

Eligibility: 

  • Must be of Hispanic heritage

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students

  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for undergraduate and graduate students

  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the US, for the 2020-2021 academic year

  • US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)

  • Complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable)

Award: $500 - $5,000 

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Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s landmark “I Have a Dream” speech, Frank C. Carr, founder of INROADS, quit his executive-level corporate day job and committed to taking swift and decisive action to increase ethnically diverse employees in corporate management in the U.S., and to help change the way these candidates gained entry into the business world. For over four decades, INROADS has helped businesses gain greater access to diverse talent through continuous leadership development of outstanding ethnically diverse students and placement of those students in internships at many of North America’s top corporations, firms and organizations.

Eligibility: 

  • Attending Regionally Accredited Colleges/Universities
  • Full-Time Undergraduate College Student with at least 1 summer or 27 credit hours remaining before graduating college
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher. First Semester College Freshman apply with a 0.0
  • Major or Career Interest in Business, Finance, Accounting, Economics, Engineering (STEM), Software Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Computer Science/MIS, Healthcare, Retail Management and Liberal Arts

Award: Paid multi-year internship with a top company 

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Scholarship awards range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards. APIA Scholars provides scholarships to underserved APIA students with a special focus on those who:

  • Live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status;
  • Are the first in their families to attend college;
  • Are representative of the APIA community’s diversity, (geographically and ethnically}, especially those ethnicities that have been underrepresented on college campuses due to limited access and opportunity; and
  • Have placed a strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as solid academic achievement.

Eligibility: 

  • Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
  • Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply
  • Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2020.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED
  • Must apply for federal financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic year using the Free Application for the Federal Student Aid (FASFA) by early April 2020
  • Submit one letter of recommendation online

Award: one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000

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The American Indian Graduate Center provide financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education, and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The program partner with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships.

Eligibility: 

  • Must be enrolled in a federally recognized American Indian/ Alaska Native Tribe. 
  • Must display academic excellence, demonstrated leadership ability, commitment to preserving American Indian culture and communities.  
  • Must be majoring in a specific major determined by the scholarship/organization

Award: Varies

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Brown and Caldwell value diversity in the workplace, supporting organizations like the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers. Brown and Caldwell also offer a $5,000 Minority Scholarship to support students who identify as minorities and are interested in pursuing a career in the environmental profession.

Eligibility:

  • A United States citizen or permanent resident.
  • A full-time student enrolled in his/her Junior, Senior year or graduate program at an accredited college/university.
  • Declared major in civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical or environmental engineering or one of the environmental sciences (e.g. geology, hydrogeology, ecology).
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on a 5.0 scale).
  • Identify as a member of a minority group (e.g. African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific American or Alaska Native).

Award: $5,000 

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The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Eligibility: 

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • An undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions);
  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or provide proof that they will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of their study abroad program or internship;
  • In the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program of at least two weeks for community college students and three weeks for students from four-year institutions, eligible for credit from the student’s home institution. Multi-country, multi-area, and multi-city programs are eligible and have no minimum requirement on length of time spent in one country, city, or area.  The entirety of the program abroad must be at least two weeks (14 days) for community college students and three weeks (21 days) for students from four-year institutions.
  • Applying for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country or area with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System. However, certain locations within these countries or areas may be designated within the Travel Advisory as either “Do not travel to” (Level 4) or “Reconsider travel to” (Level 3) locations, as such; students will not be allowed to travel to these specific locations. Moreover, students are not eligible to apply for programs in a country or area with an overall Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory.

Award: up to $5,000 for up to one academic year of undergraduate study abroad.

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UNCF manages various scholarship programs and awards more than $100 million a year in scholarships to more than 10,000 students at more than 1,100 schools across the country, including our prestigious network of 37 member HBCUs. 

Eligibility: 

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Full-time enrollment in a college or university, presently or prospectively
  • FAFSA application filed
  • Financial need verified by the financial aid director of the college or university you wish to attend

Award: Varies

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