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Aquinas College Scholarships

Stella Ferris Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Stella Ferris, who graduated from Aquinas College in 1988 and from 1989 through 2002 worked as its multicultural director. Trips with Aquinas students took her to Haiti, Mexico and Appalachia to serve others in need. This scholarship offered annually to minority Aquinas College students who demonstrate caring and consideration towards service learning projects.

Father Bernard A. Hall Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of the Rev. Bernard Hall, a Catholic priest who helped establish the African American Apostolate for Grand Rapids. It is offered annually to minority non-traditional Aquinas College students who have an interest in theological studies and other human service programs, i.e., pastoral ministry, social work, nursing, teaching.

Myrtle Moore Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was created in loving memory of Mrs. Myrtle Moore by Peter M. Wege. It offers financial assistance to minority Aquinas College students who demonstrate caring and consideration towards others.

Noel P. and Dorothy A. Fox Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1990 by the late U.S. District Court Judge Noel P. Fox and his wife Dorothy. This scholarship is designed to assist minority students with demonstrated financial need. Candidates must show evidence of community leadership and involvement and be making satisfactory academic progress towards a degree. To be eligible for annual renewal, the awardee must carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and continue community service.

Harry J. and Beatrice I. Kelley Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Kelley family in memory of their parents and brother, Harry J. Kelley. It is designed to assist an Aquinas College minority student with demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to a resident of Grand Rapids. The amount varies from year to year.

Raymond K. Tardy Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is meant to assist Aquinas College students from Kent County Michigan, particularly those of minority status, who wish to pursue a career in social service and/or education. Recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, make satisfactory academic progress, and demonstrate financial need. This scholarship may be renewed at the discretion of the Office of Financial Aid.

Charles L. and Lita K. Wimbley Scholarship
This scholarship was developed to assist African-American students primarily from the greater Grand Rapids area and Kalamazoo, Michigan, area schools with financial support to pursue an undergraduate degree at Aquinas College. Recipients must possess evidence of high integrity, Christian values, and leadership. Recipients must also be in good academic standing. Final determination is made by the Office of Financial Aid.

How to Apply for Aquinas College Scholarships

Application and Selection Process

  • Interested students can apply online using "Award Spring" located on the financial aid website.
  • The above scholarships are supported by specific donors and awarded as funds are available. 
  • After applying, a selection committee, made up of Aquinas faculty and staff, will oversee the award selection. 
  • These scholarships are open to both traditional and adult students unless noted.

Other Scholarships

FastWEB,, FastWEB is a free, online database of over 40,000 scholarship opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Scholarships and Grants,, Scholarships and Grants is an online resource for numerous student aid opportunities where one or more is waiting to make your career dream a reality.

Sallie Mae,, Sallie Mae gives exclusive Internet access to College Aid Sources for Higher Education, which is a comprehensive database of all sorts of resources related to financial assistance and funding.

Coca Cola Scholars Program,, Each year high school students are designated as Coca-Cola Scholars and receive achievement based scholarships for college.

The Gates Millennium Scholars,, Provides outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest.

Microsoft Scholarship Program,, Microsoft encourages students from groups currently underrepresented in the field of computer science to pursue technical degrees and will offer scholarships for women, minorities and students with disabilities for the 2014-2015 academic year.

AICPA - American Institute of Certified Public Accountants,, This scholarship program provides awards of up to $5,000 to outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession.

American Opportunity Tax Credit: ,, The AOTC is worth up to $2,500 in tax credits for four years of post-secondary education.

American Political Science Association,, APSA in conjunction with Non-ASPA organizations offers grants and internships open to members of minority groups based on interests and academic excellence.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship,, Supports students looking to become a part of public service leadership.

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund,, The nations largest non-profit devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and pacific Islanders (AAPI)

Asian Women in Business Scholarship Fund,, Provides students of Asian or Pacific Islander descent scholarships of up to $2,500 to cover college expenses.

Upakar Indian-American Scholarship,, Jan Upakar Foundation gives up to 20 four-year renewable scholarships to Indian-American students to help them realize their college dreams.

American Indian College Fund,, Provides Native student with scholarships and financial support.

Native Vision Scholarship,, Awarded to all US citizens or legal residents who are currently enrolled as members in a recognized tribe.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship,, Native American students pursuing education in tribal public policy or health care are eligible for scholarships of up to $5,000.

League of Latin American Citizens Scholarship Fund,, LULAC offers a variety of scholarships for high school seniors, undergraduate & graduate college students through our educational arm, the LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC).

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund,, The largest provider of college financial aid for Latino students.

Black Excel African American Student Scholarship Guide, 200-plus scholarships for African-American students.

Ron Brown Scholar Program,, Award is open to any African-American high school senior with an exemplary academic record and background in community leadership.

United Negro College Fund,, Awards 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarships and internship programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books, room and board.