GRPS Alumni

GRPS Foundation is dedicated to connecting alumni, teachers, parents, and other friends of the Grand Rapids Public Schools, and we invite you to join GRPS Alumni today! We are your trusted source of information about everything Grand Rapids – what’s happening with your fellow grads, reunions and events, as well as celebrations of current and alumni students and staff.


GRPS General Fund

Your gift today says our community cares about each and every student’s success.

Special Initiative

GRPS Alumni Network

Connect with other Alumni and and share your stories!

Special Initiative

UHS Building Champions

The goal of the program is to promote well-rounded student-athletes in the Grand Rapids Public Schools.


Planned Giving — Leave a Legacy

The Scholars Society make an impact and leave a legacy here in Grand Rapids. 

Special Initiative

Great Sports, Great Kids

The goal of the program is to promote well-rounded student-athletes in the Grand Rapids Public Schools.

GRPS Alumni profiles

Anita Gilleo

By Anita Wallgren, Hillcrest Elementary Class of 1966, Central High School Class of 1972

As I made plans to visit Grand Rapids for my 50th class reunion, I decided to reach out to a woman who had been part of an indelible childhood memory: Anita Gilleo. “I’m 198 years old,” she said on the phone when I called. I smiled and thought, “she means 98 – but she’s sharp as a tack” as we made plans to meet.


Established as an independent non-profit organization in 1993, the Foundation started as a vehicle for private funding to support athletics. Today, the Foundation has grown to support programs and projects that impact every aspect of a student’s education.

How It Works

Our goal is to raise, grow, and steward funds for GRPS. Funds are split between unrestricted, donor advised, special initiatives, and named funds. All grants are reviewed annually by GRPSF board members.

Looking to Apply for a Grant or Fund?

If you are a GRPS educator or partner looking for financial support – note that all funds and grants are distributed through GRPS, not the GRPS Foundation. For those requesting funding, you can learn more by visiting the link below.