Alan R. Ryan Scholarship

Scholarship Description

The scholarship was established in 2013 by Alan and Margaret Ryan to provide tuition assistance during 9th through 12th grade to attend a Catholic high school within Kent County, Michigan. The goal of the scholarship program is to encourage academic accomplishment and community leadership. The scholarship is administered by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

Scholarship Award Recipients will receive financial assistance in 9th through 12th grade. Upon acceptance to and entrance into Aquinas College for undergraduate studies, the scholarship will continue for a total of four years of undergraduate studies. Awards will generally be $2,000.

Application and Selection Process Applicants must:

1) Be completing 8th grade at a school located within Kent County Michigan

2) Be entering 9th grade at Catholic Central or West Catholic High Schools

3) Be a Kent County resident

4) Demonstrate financial need by completing a financial form

5) Have an expressed intent to attend Aquinas College for post-secondary education

6) Demonstrate a B average or above academic record

7) Complete an essay that includes the applicant’s definition of leadership as part of the application form

8) Submit two recommendation letters (500 words or less), one being from a teacher


Click Here for the Alan R. Ryan Scholarship Application 

Submit the application along with your essay and two recommendation letters by March 1 by email to Direct any inquiries to Ruth Bishop, Education Program Officer 616-284-4903 Email: