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Catalyst Radio: Challenge Scholars program uniting around advanced education for children's future

In its early stages, Challenge Scholars is drawing together community partners that include funders, public schools, higher education institutions and businesses.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

The Challenge Scholars program is preparing children for higher education.

The Challenge Scholars program is preparing children for higher education. /GRCF

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Challenge Scholars, a new and innovative program of Grand Rapids Community Foundation and Grand Rapids Public Schools, is succeeding in uniting local community partners for the purpose of supporting children to achieve their full potential through, in part, higher education opportunities.  The support comes in the form of programs for young students beginning in elementary school, and for their families, and also includes the possibilities for free college or trade school education.

In uniting the local community around investing in human capital – the community’s children – the program also is working to build a more vital and rewarding career experience that will affect a more skilled workforce to fuel the region’s economy.

In studio to talk about recent fund raising partnership successes, as well as some of the program efforts of  Challenge Scholars now getting underway are Gina Bovee of Grand Rapids Community Foundation and Gwen Heatley, college/career coordinator at one of the partner schools Harrison Park School.



Music featured in this episode of Catalyst Radio is from local band Vox Vidorra, with the recent release Promise Land. It’s the song “All In One Place.”

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