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36th Economic Club Annual Essay Contest Co-Sponsored by: Grand Valley State University

For all area High Schoolers – see contest rules below
Winners will be announced at the Econ Club Luncheon April 21, 2014

[two_third] Topic
What is the Impact of Diversity and Inclusion on the Economic Success of Businesses and Communities?Prizes
1st Place iPad* + $2,000
2nd Place iPad* + $1,000
3rd Place iPad* + $500
4th Place $250 Each (10 Winners)

*Choose the tablet of your choice with a $500 Meijer Gift Card.

By the end of March 2014, the students chosen will receive an invitation via regular mail or email to The Economic Club of Grand Rapids Awards Luncheon. The winners will be announced at this non luncheon on April 21, 2014 at the JW Marriot. These students, their parents and teacher representative will all be invited to attend.

Contest Rules



Contest Winners

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Scholarship Opportunities

The Economic Club established a fund in 2000 to provide financial assistance to students pursuing study abroad in business, managed by The Grand Rapids Foundation. One (or more) scholarships of $2,500 will be awarded annually. The applicant must meet the following criteria:

Sophomore or above standing in a business program at any public college or university. Applicant must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Applicant must be a resident of Kent, Allegan, Ottawa or Muskegon counties or be a resident student at a public college or university in the West Michigan area. Foreign study programs must be endorsed and accepted as a part of or credit course in the applicant’s degree granting college or university. Funds must be administered through the home college/university financial aid office.

These scholarships have been instituted to honor the late George J. Slykhouse, founder of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids. He was involved in numerous activities to better our community and was particularly dedicated to developing and educating our youth…our future.

Two $2500 scholarships are awarded each year.
The Grand Rapids Community Foundation includes the opportunity in it’s application process.
Applicants must meet established criteria for financial need, overall GPA, extra-curricular activity, and essay.

In 2003, the Economic Club created an endowment to support Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes program. Additionally, The Economic Club of Grand Rapids members have volunteered to deliver the “JA Economics of Staying in School” program to middle school students in the Grand Rapids Public School System. This program stresses the importance of education in achieving success in the work world. JA programs are continually updated for today’s students. Over the next two years, the “JA Economics of Staying in School” program will transition to the new and improved “JA Economics for Success.” This program continues the message of the importance of staying in school with up-to-date real world information and examples to positively impact GRPS middle school students at this critical time.

For more information regarding scholarships contact Grand Rapids Community Foundation at 616-454-1751

Scholarship Winners

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