Financial Aid at Aquinas College

John F. Donnelly Scholarship

John F. Donnelly Scholarship

(Continuing Education and Graduate Students may apply)

In addition, one must be employed with a participating school district or area corporation. If received, the scholarship is available for seven consecutive years or until graduation, whichever occurs sooner, as long as one remains an employee. The scholarship may be used whether or not you qualify for employer tuition reimbursement. It can be used by both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students in any field and can also be used in non-consecutive semesters. Post-traditional learners approximately 23 years or older are eligible to apply.

If you work for one of the organizations listed below, contact your human resources department for further information regarding the Donnelly Scholarship.  You may also address questions to Aquinas College by emailing

School Districts Participating in the Donnelly Program

Belding Area Schools

Byron Center Public Schools

Caledonia Community Schools

Cedar Springs Public Schools

Comstock Park Public Schools

Coopersville Area Public Schools

Diocese of Grand Rapids

Diocese of Kalamazoo

East Grand Rapids Public Schools


Forest Hills Public Schools

Godfrey Lee Public Schools

Godwin Heights Public Schools

Grand Haven Area Public Schools

Grand Rapids Christian Schools

Grand Rapids Public Schools

Grandville Calvin Christian Schools

Grandville Public Schools

Grant Public Schools

Greenville Public Schools

Holland Christian Schools

Holland Public Schools

Hudsonville Public Schools

Ionia ISD

Jenison Public Schools

Kelloggsville Public Schools

Kenowa Hills Public Schools

Kent City Community Schools

Kent Intermediate School District

Kentwood Public Schools

Lakewood Public Schools

Lowell Area Schools

Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System

Muskegon Public Schools

National Heritage Academies

Newaygo Public Schools

Northview Public Schools

Pentwater Public Schools

Reeths-Puffer Schools

Rockford Public Schools

Saranac Community Schools

Sparta Area Schools

Spring Lake Public Schools

The Center for Sound Literacy

Thornapple-Kellogg Schools

Tri County Area Schools

Wayland Union Schools

West Ottawa Public Schools

Wyoming Public Schools

Zeeland Christian School

Zeeland Public Schools


Companies Participating in the Donnelly Program:

Advance Local


Autodie, LLC


Borgess Health Alliance

Butterball Farms, Inc.

Cascade Engineering

Catholic Charities West Michigan

Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo

Cherry Health

City of Grand Rapids

Consumers Energy

Credit Union ONE

Dean Transportation


Diocese of Grand Rapids

Diocese of Kalamazoo

Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids (Associates, Employees, Former Members, Sisters)

East Grand Rapids Public Safety


Eisele Connectors, Inc.

Farmers Insurance Group

Federal-Mogul, LLC

Feyen Zylstra, LLC

Fifth Third Bank

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Gill Industries, Inc.

Gordon Food Service

Grand Rapids Fire Department

Grand Rapids Public Library

Grand Valley Health Plan



Heart of West Michigan United Way

Hope Network

Irwin Seating Company

Kent County

Kent District Library

Knape & Vogt

L3Harris Commercial Avionics

Lacks Enterprises, Inc.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

Marywood Health Corporation

Meijer, Inc.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

Michigan Family Resources/Head Start for Kent County




Oliver Healthcare Packaging


Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Progressive AE

Rapid Engineering

Rapidparts, Inc.

The Salvation Army Grand Rapids Kroc Center

Schuler Books

Sparrow Health Systems


Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health Pennock

Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital



The Center for Sound Literacy

Trinity Health Medical Group West Michigan

Trinity Health Saint Mary's Grand Rapids

United Bank

University of Michigan Health - West

Van Andel Institute

Wedgwood Christian Services

Williams Group

Wolverine World Wide, Inc.