Costs/Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial Aid

You should become familiar with all of your financial aid options.

To determine eligibility for federal grants (Pell Grant), loans, and work study, be sure to complete your Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA): https://fafsa.ed.gov/.  If awarded, the Pell Grant funds will be added to your GI Bill and scholarships providing additional dollars to your account. 

  • Click on Financial Aid for more complete information or call 616-331-3234 for assistance. 

Scholarships

GVSU Scholarships

  • Fredrick S. Singer Memorial Veterans Endowed Scholarship: Assists US Military veterans with the cost of a GVSU degree. 
  • WGVU LZ Michigan Scholarship Endowment. 
  • Lt. William Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship Endowment: Benefits students who serve in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, active or reserve, and for any honorably discharged veterans.  

Follow the link to find a scholarshiphttp://www.gvsu.edu/financialaid/scholarships-157.htm

West Michigan Scholarships

West Michigan Alliance for Veterans (WMA4V) Housing Assistance Program

The West Michigan Alliance for Veterans provides financial support to Veterans who reside in Grand Rapids and surrounding communities, including their Veterans Housing Assistance Program. This program can provide up to $800 per month toward rent or mortgage payments for honorably discharged veterans with demonstrated financial need who are enrolled full-time. This is a tangible way for the West Michigan Alliance for Veterans to make a difference in the lives of veterans (and their families) pursuing a higher education degree or skilled trades certification. The program is open to full-time/degree-seeking students, with an honorable discharge and demonstrated financial need attending GVSU, GRCC, and other institutions located in West Michigan, as determined by the WMA4V Board of Directors.  

Application

Information/Eligibility To prove financial need, you may submit a copy of your FAFSA - if your income is included; otherwise, you will need to furnish a copy of your most recent tax return.

FERPA Permission to Release Information

 

West Michigan Veterans Coalition Armed Forces Scholarship 

The West Michigan Veterans Coalition Veterans Armed Forces Scholarship of $1000 is available to currently serving, retired, and honorably discharged Service Members of the United States Military including those who have served in the National Guard or /Reserves. There are fifteen (15) scholarships to be awarded, on a first-come first-served basis, for applications that satisfy the eligibility requirements and application criteria. 

2019-2020 applications will be accepted until Sept 15, 2019.

This scholarship can be used to support school expenses such as books, tuition, transportation, housing, etc. The WMVC Armed Forces Scholarship is available to residents of Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, and Ottawa Counties. 

Instructions, eligibility, and application are available at https://podio.com/webforms/22387540/1575880.

Questions: Contact West Michigan Veterans Coalition, C/O Deb Unseld, PO Box 355, Hudsonville, MI 49426 or email - info@westmichiganveterans.com 

 

West Michigan Veterans Coalition Armed Forces Dependent Scholarship 

The West Michigan Veterans Coalition Armed Forces Dependent Scholarship of $500 is available to Spouses and Dependent Children (up to age 26) of Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, Retired and honorable Discharged Service Members. The scholarship may be used to support school expenses such as books, tuition, transportation, housing, etc.  

This scholarship can be used to support school expenses such as books, tuition, transportation, housing, etc. The WMVC Armed Forces Dependent Scholarship is available to residents of Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, and Ottawa Counties. 

2019-2020 applications and related documentation must be submitted by May 31, 2019.

For additional information or to apply, go to https://podio.com/webforms/22387883/1575900

 

National Guard Association of Michigan (NGAM) Veteran Support Grant (VSG)  

The use of a National Guard Association of Michigan (NGAM) Veteran Support Grant (VSG) is intended to assist veterans in need. Veterans; families and organizations that support veterans of Michigan (directly or indirectly); current members of NGAM; and other currently serving military members of Michigan may apply. To see if you qualify, please follow the steps below.

Virtually all approved grant funding will fall into at least one of the following categories:

  • Funding for medical bills
  • Funding for utilities and other normal monthly bills
  • Funding for necessary home and automobile repairs

It may be worth seeking other sources of assistance if your request does not fall into one of the categories above, although we welcome any and all applicants.

For additional information or to apply, go to https://www.ngam.org/veteran-support-grant/

 

Folds of Honor Scholarship 

This scholarship is intended for students who have an immediate family member (spouse or parent) who has been killed in the line of duty while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

  • Must be a resident of the State of Michigan
  • Must annually file the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA)
  • Must be a full-time student and be meeting satisfactory academic progress

Renewal Criteria: Scholarship is renewable for a maximum of eight consecutive semesters provided the recipient maintains eligibility.

 

Guy M. Wilson/William D. & Jewell Brewer Scholarship – Children of Veterans

Purpose: One-time award of $500 each for undergraduate use at a Michigan college. Must be resident of Michigan and the son or daughter of a veteran, living or deceased. Must submit copy of veteran’s honorable discharge. Must have minimum 2.5 GPA.

Qualify: High school students considered. Award available to U.S. citizens.

Funds Avail.: Minimum award amount: $500. No. and Amount Awarded Last Calendar Year: 15 scholarship(s), totaling $7,500. To Apply: Required: application form; transcript; test scores; financial need analysis; essay.

Contact: Deanna Clark, Programs Secretary, 517-371-4720 ext. 25,  programs@michiganlegion.org.

 

Children of Veterans Tuition Grant (CVTG) State of Michigan

The Children of Veterans Tuition Grant (CVTG) was previously called Education of Children of Veterans, Public Act 245 of 1935 and was administered and funded by the Michigan Trust Fund. In 2005, CVTG was established under Public Act 248 to provide an undergraduate tuition program for children of certain deceased or disabled members of the armed forces of the United States.

Eligibility

The program is designed to provide undergraduate tuition assistance to certain children older than 16 and less than 26 years of age who have been Michigan residents for the 12 months prior to application. To be eligible, a student must be the natural or adopted child of a Michigan veteran. Stepchildren of the veteran are not eligible. The veteran must have been a legal resident of Michigan immediately before entering military service and must not have later resided outside of Michigan for more than two years; or the veteran must have established legal residency in Michigan after entering military service.

Students may receive scholarship assistance for up to four academic years for a total of up to $11,200. Awards are for an academic year with the amount determined by the student’s enrollment status. Full-time students can receive up to a maximum of $2,800 per academic year.

Contact: Student Scholarships and Grants (888) 447-2678 michigan.gov/ssg

 

Grants for Veterans, Military Science Students, or Dependents (MSU Libraries) 

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP FAQs

What is myScholarships?

myScholarships is a free, online scholarship application system that allows GVSU students to apply to 400+ endowed and departmental scholarships and is accessed on the GVSU scholarships webpage.

 

When should I begin searching for scholarships?

October 1 is generally a good time to begin exploring scholarships for the following academic year. This is also when myScholarships opens each year.

 

How do I know if an Outside Scholarship is legitimate?

Organizations offering scholarships should not ask you for personal information, such as your social security number or banking information. Do not apply if there are any fees connected to the application.

 

When is the deadline to apply for scholarships?

Most scholarships in GVSU’s myScholarships have an annual deadline of March 1; however, Non-GVSU Scholarships vary and will be listed along with other requirements.

 

What are External/Outside Scholarships?

External/Outside Scholarships are scholarships that have no affiliation to GVSU and can be accessed on the GVSU Scholarships webpage.

 

How do I know if I qualify for a particular scholarship?

All scholarships should have an “eligibility requirements” section that outlines the qualifications for prospective applicants. Make sure that you meet all of the eligibility requirements before applying.

 

How many scholarships can I apply for?

There is no limit to the number of scholarships for which you can apply to increase your chances to receive funding.

 

If I am a scholarship recipient at GVSU, how will this be applied to my GVSU bill?

Awards through myScholarships and External/Outside Scholarships will be split between both fall and winter semesters - unless otherwise stated in the scholarship guidelines.

 

VETERAN-SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIPS - EXTERNAL

AFCEA War Veterans Scholarship

Amount: $2,500 (Deadline: November 16)

afcea.org/site/foundation/scholarships/war-veterans

 

The Amvets Scholarship

Amount: $4,000 (Deadline: April 30)

amvets.org/scholarships

 

The Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Family Foundation Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $12,000 (Deadline: April 30)

amvets.org/scholarships

 

The Henry G. Huestis Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 (Deadline: April 30)

amvets.org/scholarships

 

Military Veterans Scholarship Program

Amount: $2,000-$4,000 (Deadline: April 30)

foundation.aapg.org/programs/military.cfm

 

CCME Veteran Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 (Deadline: November 1)

ccmeonline.org/scholarships

 

The H&P Veterans Helping Veterans Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 (Deadline: May 1 & November 1)

hillandponton.com/veterans-scholarship

 

Veterans & Military Family Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 (Deadline: June 15)

sinklaw.com/veterans-military-family-scholarship

 

Patrick M. Hughes Retired Inspiration Scholarship

Amount: $500 (Deadline: January 31)

lintcenter.org/scholarships

 

Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton, Jr. Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 (Deadline: January 31)

lintcenter.org/scholarships

 

Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship

Amount: $500 (Deadline: January 31)

lintcenter.org/scholarships

 

The Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarship

Amount: ~$10,000 (2019 Deadline: February 28)

pattillmanfoundation.org/apply-to-be-a-scholar

 

2019 Google – SVA Scholarship

Amount: $10,000 (Deadline: November 1)

studentveterans.org/programs/scholarships

 

TonaLaw Veteran’s Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 (Deadline: July 31 & November 30)

tonalaw.com/scholarship

 

VFW – SportClips Help A Hero Scholarship

Amount: up to $50,000 (Deadline: April 30 & November 15)

vfw.org/assistance/student-veterans-support

 

Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

Amount: up to $50,000 (Deadline: 2019 TBA)

enhancelives.com/scholarships?

 

 

 

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

1 Campus Drive

100 Student Services Building

Allendale, MI 49401

 

Have more questions? Email scholarships@gvsu.edu or call (616) 331-3234, gvsu.edu/scholarships

 

*All scholarship information provided may be subject to change and has been cited as accurately as possible.

 

**PLEASE NOTE: These are external scholarships. Grand Valley State University does not have any affiliation with these scholarship agencies and does not take part in the selection of these scholarships. Please remember that GVSU does not endorse any specific website nor is GVSU responsible for the content on the various websites. We are simply providing these links as a courtesy to you.