College grants allow students who may not otherwise be able to pay for an eduction to attend an institute of higher learning beyond high school. Unlike loans, grants do not have to be paid back. All federal benefit programs are listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. On the federal level, there are two basic types of grants:
This is generally the first place a student should start in terms of finding a grant. The Pell Grantis directly tied to a student’s financial situation. The Pell Grant provides a current maximum amount of $5,550 per year per student.
The Pell Grant is based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a form a student is required to fill out and submit to considered for most grants, especially those based on need. The questions are fairly simple, such as mailing address and adjusted gross income of the student or their parents.
Before a student starts the application process for Michigan college grants, some information must be gathered to make the application process easier. A student is likely going to be applying for multiple grants. There is no restriction on how many grants a student can apply for while seeking funding. Here is a checklist of what most students need to get started with the application process.
The application deadlines for most of these grants vary per school year. As a general rule of thumb, most grant applications should be filled out within six months of the semester to which funds will be applied.
The applicant must resident of any state except Ohio to qualify for this grant. The Heidelberg College Out of State Grant is renewable for four years. It is contingent on a student making satisfactory academic progress.
The Michigan Tuition Grant program is available to Michigan residents who plan to attend a degree-granting program at an eligible institution of higher learning in the state of Michigan. Eligible students must show financial need to qualify. Additional eligibility requirements include:
The grant value is up to $2,100 per academic year. The grant may be applied tuition fees and other related academic expenses towards the student’s university or college of choice. Funding and availability vary since this is a government-funded program dependent upon budgetary appropriation.
For renewal of the grant, a student must meet their institution’s satisfactory academic progress policy by demonstrating sufficient academic performance. Participating institutions are listed online.
Children of Veterans Tuition Grants are specifically set aside for the children of eligible military veterans in the state of Michigan. Eligible applicants should apply to the State of Michigan Office of Scholarships and Grants as early as their sixteenth birthday. The veteran and student must meet certain qualifications.
The Grand Rapids Community Fund is a non-profit organization that provides a privately-funded grant for eligible students to attend a college or other institute of higher learning in the state of Michigan.
The awarding of grants is generally limited to students from Kent County. There are a few exceptions, but mostly grants are restricted to Kent County applicants. The online application also enters students into various scholarship contests.
The deadline for submission various, but generally applications may be filed starting on January 1st of each year. While the grants are restricted to a certain county, each scholarship has different eligibility rules and award amounts.
The Michigan Tuition Incentive Program is a program designed to encourage students to complete their high school degree and attend an institute of higher learning in the state following graduation from high school.
Eligible students must have 24 months of Medicaid coverage. The Michigan Office of Scholarship and Grants notifies students via letter if they are eligible for the program. Many community colleges, public institutions and state universities are among the eligible schools. Requirements include:
The first phase of the program covers tuition fees and additional mandatory fees associated with the particular institution. This includes fees for books and other required supplies.
The second phase of the program provides eligible students with tuition assistance up to $2,000 towards the completion of a four-year degree program. Funds from Phase II must be applied only towards tuition expenses. Additional restrictions and stipulations may apply.
The Michigan Educational Opportunity Grant is geared towards students who display the most financial need. Students need to attend a community or technical college at least half time to qualify. Academic progress is a factor in continuing the funding. Grants are available up to $1,000. Students may apply through the school they plan to attend and must complete the FAFSA.
The Michigan Merit Award focuses on student performance before attending college. This program recognizes high school seniors with outstanding scores on an aptitude test. Recipients of this financial award may earn up to $3,000. A student may apply the funds to any eligible college or university in the state.
These grants are designed for students who pursue a specific major. Awarding of a grant is contingent upon a student selecting a certain major. Some of these grants also require a student to work in a specific field for a period of time following graduation or while they are pursing their degree. Some specialized grants require an academic progress report from the student’s school.
These grants are geared towards encouraging students to become nurse practitioners. They are available to existing academy members who plan on entering graduate school. The award amount varies.
These grants are very competitive with grants extended to one senior high school student each school year.
Small and large grants are offered. Recipients must be members of the association.
Those already practicing nursing who wish to attend graduate school may qualify for this grant. Some grants are awarded to those just entering school who plan to major in nursing.
Research grants are offered to current nursing students with the purpose of providing funds for a specific university research project or students who require additional funding to complete their eduction.
Grants are offered to students who are currently seeking a nursing degree in emergency care.
Grants are extended to nursing students with the requirement that they major in gerontology.
Grants are offered to nurses in graduate school with the stipulation that recipients specialize in oncology.
The Michigan Department of Education provides information on available education and teaching grants and scholarships in the state of Michigan. Some of the available grants are contingent upon a student pursuing a teaching or education-related career.
The TEACH Grant provides up to $4,000 per academic year or $16,000 in total if the student pursues an undergraduate program and $8,000 in total for graduate studies. Recipients are required to be full-time students. Additionally, the recipient must plan to teach full-time in what are deemed high-need subject areas at schools that serve low-income families.
Students are able to attend less than full-time. However, they will receive a reduced grant amount. Students attending three-quarters of full-time may be eligible for up to $3,000. Half-time students may be eligible for $2,000. Students going less than half-time may be eligible for up to $1,000.
Note: Students who receive the TEACH Grant and do not fulfill all requirements will be required to pay back the money as a loan with interest at the same rate as the federal Stafford Loan compounded from the date the grant was first awarded. It is estimated that only 20 percent of students accepted for this grant fulfill all obligations with about 80 percent of grant recipients repaying it as a loan.
Many businesses in Michigan offer grants and other financial award programs for enterprising students. Common requirements include financial need, being from a certain area or pursuing a specific degree. Some funding programs require community service. Amounts and deadlines vary. The applications for most of these grants are found on the company’s website.
A full listing of corporate grants is available here. Keep in mind that some of these grants have limited funding, meaning it is best to apply early to get a share of the available grant money.
Typical grants range from $1,000-$2,500 and are not renewable. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Nancy Lear (Manager) Community Affairs
7-Eleven, Inc., P. O. Box 711
Dallas, Texas 75221
The Allen Foundation makes grants available for projects that specifically benefit human nutrition with a focus on education, training and research.
Contact Info: Not available, apply via website.
Most financial awards focus on the arts and culture, education and health and human services with an emphasis on the Grand Rapids area.
Contact Info: Not available, see website.
Most contributions, sponsorships and related programs support educational and youth-focused initiatives.
American Axle & Manufacturing
1 Manufacturing Way
Three Rivers, Michigan 49093
Phone: (269) 278-0211
This company has a long history of community support and charity efforts which has included grants. Specific information on amounts awarded is not available.
26777 Halsted Road
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48331-3586
Phone: (800) 257-1900
Funds are granted based on artistic merit.
Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo
359 S Kalamazoo Mall
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007-4844
Phone: (269) 342-5059
Best Buy provides various community grants. As for specific education-related purposes, the company offers scholarships for current high school students in grades 9-12. Students must be planning to attend a full-time undergraduate course of study.
The school must be an accredited two or four-year institution. This includes vocational-technical schools. Interested eligible students should apply early. Best Buy annually awards 1,000 students scholarships of $1,000. The deadline is February 16th annually. Requirements include:
P.O. Box 9312
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55440
More than $1 million is available annually for grants set aside for academic, community nonprofit and health service delivery organizations. Funds and award amounts vary.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
c/o Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
P.O. Box 311528
Detroit, MI 48231
The foundation provides educational grants to students attending conservative schools who plan to attend institutions of higher learning. The school a student selects must promote high moral, education and conservative ideals.
The Hilda E. Bretzlaff Foundation
1550 N. Milford Road, Suite 101
Milford, Michigan 48381
Phone: (248) 684-3408
The foundation has provided hundreds of grants over the years. The main requirement is that a student be enrolled in either a two or four-year institution. Award amounts and application deadlines vary.
The Chrysler Foundation
c/o Brian G. Glowiak, Vice President and Secretary
1000 Chrysler Drive
Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326
Phone: (248) 512-2500
Citizens offers a scholarship program valued at up to $7,500. Grants are not directly awarded by the bank for educational purposes. However, Citizens Bank does recommend the following sources of state grant/scholarship funds:
328 S. Saginaw Street
Flint, Michigan 48502
Phone: (800) 708-6684
The foundation provides a $1,000 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship available to eligible high school seniors from the Comcast Foundation. The foundation has a history of sponsoring education-related programs throughout the United States.
The Comcast Foundation
c/o Diane Dietz, Executive Director
1500 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102-2148
Phone: (215) 665-1700
The company offers the Dow Chemical Premier Scholarship Program, which awards up to $3,000 to eligible students who major in engineering.
Dow Chemical Company
2030 Dow Center
Midland, Michigan 48674
Phone: (989) 636-1000
The Foundation Scholarship Program targets the Detroit metropolitan area and provides necessary funding to eligible students in that area.
Ewald Foundation (H.T.)
15450 E. Jefferson Ave., Ste. 180
Grosse Pointe, Michigan 48230-2031
Phone: (313) 821-1278
The foundation provides scholarships to students from at-risk backgrounds to attend Michigan universities. Programs also include summer employment opportunities for students planning to pursue education beyond high school.
Sergei Fedorov Foundation
322 N. Old Woodward Ave.
Birmingham, MI 48009-5321
Phone: (248) 646-8292
The company provides a variety of grants and scholarships. The amounts vary. Some grants are sent to certain schools with others made available directly to students as part of a fund.
Ford Motor Company
1 American Road
P.O. Box 6248
Dearborn, Michigan 48126-2798
Phone: (313) 322-3000
The company offers a variety of scholarship opportunities, including some funding up to $10,000 for eligible students. Students may apply online. Deadlines vary.
General Motors Foundation
c/o Vivian Rogers Pickard, president
300 Renaissance Center
Detroit, Michigan 48265
Phone: (313) 665-4085
The Foundation provides financial assistance as grants, scholarships and other financial assistance. No application is required.
Hal and Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation
c/o Neil A. McLean, President
Phone: (517) 482-3800
A trust has been established to provide scholarship and other academic-related funds to students who pursue an agricultural-based education. As a condition to accepting funds, students must agree to work for a MABA member during summer months.
Michigan Agri-Business Association Educational Trust
1501 North Shore Dr., Suite A
East Lansing, Michigan 48823-1759
Phone: (517) 336-0223
Besides providing grants to the Lansing, Michigan community, the foundation provides scholarships to undergraduates studying marketing and management.
Michigan Retailers Foundation
603 S Washington Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
Target provides grant money to certain communities, some of which goes towards education-related expenses. The Target All-Around Scholarships provide millions of dollars in educational funding each year. Candidates for these scholarships may be either graduating high school seniors or undergraduate college students. An emphasis is on community involvement.
1000 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Phone: (800) 775-3110
The program includes the Walton Family Foundation Scholarship. The application deadline is January 31st annually. In order to qualify, a student must meet the following criteria:
c/o WalMart Community Giving Program
Attention: Julie Gehrki, Senior Manager, Walmart Foundation
702 S.W. 8th Street Dept. 8687 #0555.
Bentonville, Arizona 72716-0555
Program sponsors four-year, renewable scholarships. Each scholarship is payable in $4,000 increments per academic year. The focuses primarily on assisting minority youth in the Detroit area. Eligible students can apply online. The deadline varies.
Coleman A. Young Foundation
2111 Woodward Ave # 600
Detroit, Michigan 48201-3473
Phone: (313) 962-2200
The American Floral Endowment provides research grants focusing on management of horticultural plants. Amounts vary. Students are required to be enrolled in a horticultural program.
Research grants are provided to qualifying students studying rhodi-specific topics such as genetics, pest control and fertilization. Eligible students should contact their local ARS chapter in Michigan. Amounts vary.
Grants are available from the National FFA Organization to help support FFA chapters, including the
Michigan FFA chapter. To apply, a student should contact their local chapter for information on available grants and scholarships. Amounts vary.
This fellowship, named after former Michigan State University professor Dr. Ruth Simms Hamilton, supports “cutting-edge” research for graduate-level students in African Studies.
Research Fellowship Processing
PO Box 23737
Nashville, Tennessee 37202-3737
Phone: (615) 320-3149
This grant provides fund for students specializing in studies in paleontology, biology, archaeology, oceanography or anthropology as a field of study. Available grant funds vary. Students should contact their local chapter for the National Geographic Society for details pertaining to schools in Michigan.
National Geographic Society
P.O. Box 98199
Washington, DC 20090-8199
These grants are geared towards art students doing graduate level work in painting or mixed media. Grants are available to students throughout the United States.
Alpha Delta Kappa
International Honorary Organization for Women Educators
1615 West 92nd. Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Phone: (816) 363-5525
Funding is available for Ph.D. students working towards a dissertation focusing on cartoon and caricature. Grant amounts are up to $15,000 a year toward a doctoral degree. Most universities and colleges in Michigan with the applicable courses should accent funding from this grant.
Prints and Photographs Division
Library of Congress
c/o Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20540
This grant is geared toward students pursing strength conditioning and related fields. Grants are available for undergraduate, graduate and research students.
NSCA, 1885 Bob Johnson Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906
Phone: (719) 632-6722
NRPA awards $500 Student Initiative Grants to undergraduate students who major in Recreation and Park Management or similar fields.
National Recreation and Park Association
22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Ashburn, Virginia 20148
Phone: (703) 858-0784
Grants are provided for students pursuing education-related fields.
Note: The Michigan Association of CPAs Teams provides scholarship funds in association with the Detroit Red Wings.
Funding is available for students who are dependents of a veteran who was previously awarded the Purple Heart. Eligible students must be pursuing a business degree. Recipients may receive up to $1,000 for full-time study.
Military Order of the Purple Heart
477 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Phone: (313) 964-6888
Funding is intended to encourage more minority students to pursue law and criminal justice careers.
American Society of Criminology
1314 Kinnear Road, Suite 212
Columbus, Ohio 43212-1156
Phone: (614) 292-9207
Provides fellowships, awards, research and travel grants. Some scholarships sponsored by the AMS are specific to Michigan schools.
Scholarships and grants are offered to Kent county residents with approximately $500,000 in awards each year. Grants are also available for nearby counties.
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
185 Oakes Street SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Phone: (616) 454-1751
Funding is provided to Lutheran students who meet eligibility requirements. Amounts vary.
Michigan Regional Financial Office
6200 State St., Suite 3
Saginaw, Michigan 48603
Phone: (989) 792-2067
To be eligible for the organization’s financial aid program, a student must be affiliated with the American Baptist Church.
Annual grants are sponsors with award amounts up to $2,000 to be used toward thesis research.
These grants are for biology students specializing in malacology (the study of mollusks).