GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (GRPS) – Four scholars from Grand Rapids Public Schools were honored on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the prestigious "Inherit the Dream" scholarship. 

A ceremony recognizing the scholars for their achievements took place at Fountain Street Church.

The scholarship is given to seniors who are first-generation college students or belong to historically underserved and underrepresented communities. 

Scholarship winners have shown they are actively involved in their communities and support diversity and inclusion efforts within the Kent Intermediate School District.

The recognized students are:

  • Tyreeze Buchanan, Ottawa Hills High School
  • Jordan Hampton, Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy
  • Meissin Monterroso-Mazariegos, Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy
  • Diane Vazquez, Southwest Middle High School

“These scholars embody the GRPS spirit and we couldn’t be more proud to see their work recognized with such a prestigious award,” Superintendent Dr. Leadriane Roby said. “Their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion will serve all of us well as they prepare to graduate and become leaders in our community.”

The selection committee included representatives from Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University, and Grand Valley State University. The scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $2,000.

These scholars will be acknowledged and congratulated by district leadership at the Grand Rapids Board of Education meeting on January 22.