Challenge Scholars helps reinvigorate West Side

Harrison sixth grader Anthony Wilson and his mother, Shareeda Wilson.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) The Grand Rapids Public School’s Challenge Scholars program is making a difference in the West Grand neighborhood. The program kicked off in 2011 by providing students at Harrison Park and Westwood Middle schools with math and literacy coaches and career guidance counselors to make college a real possibility.

Ulises Garcia, 9, receives congratulations from Gwen Heatley, school career/college pathways coordinator at Harrison Park
Ulises Garcia, 9, receives congratulations from Gwen Heatley, school career/college pathways coordinator at Harrison Park

Challenge Scholars promises to pay college tuition after all other options are exhausted for students who sign a pledge to graduate from high school on time and seek a college degree or vocational certification.

>>> See how Challenge Scholars is making a difference

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