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Rachel Schwallier

Grand Valley alumna to study carnivorous plants in Asia

Rachel Schwallier, ’04, has received a prestigious P.E.O. Scholar Award to support her doctoral work at Leiden University and Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands. Read more


Craig Russo

Grand Valley Senior Participates in Harvard Stem Cell Program

Grand Valley senior Craig Russo was just one of 44 undergraduate students from across the country to take part in the highly competitive Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program over the summer of 2013. Russo spent 10 weeks from June through August at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Regenerative Medicine where he conducted research on the neural mechanisms underlying psychiatric illnesses. Read more

Allie Bouza

Grand Valley Student Attends Specialized MIT Program 

Allie Bouza, a junior chemistry major at Grand Valley State University, was selected to take part in the prestigious ACCESS program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in September. The ACCESS program at MIT is intended to increase the diversity of qualified applicants to doctorate programs in chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science throughout the U.S. Read more

Xinyi Ou

Grand Valley Student Named Point Foundation Scholar 

Grand Valley student Xinyi Ou is one of 29 students in the U.S. to receive a scholarship from Point Foundation, an organization that provides financial support and leadership training to students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Ou, a double major in history and sociology, joins fellow scholar students from universities across the country, such as Harvard, Columbia, Stanford and Dartmouth. Read more

Carlee Hollenbeck

Student earns Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship 

When Carlee Hollenbeck was in elementary school, her parents would give her math problems to keep her entertained and busy. While they couldn't know it at that time, those problems planted seeds that served as the start of Hollenbeck's lifelong passion for mathematics. Read More

Kate Coveney

Math Major Earns Prestigious Scholarship 

Kate Coveney, an applied mathematics major, received a competitive scholarship sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Coveney, from Indianapolis, Indiana, received an $8,000 award for the next two years plus $6,500 to attend a 10-week summer session at a NOAA facility. Read more

Zoe Kilbourne

Grand Valley alumna Zoe Kilbourne, from East Grand Rapids, is currently working in Denmark, thanks in part to earning the Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Scholarship. Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate studies and career development for active Phi Kappa Phi members. Only 147 awards are given each year nationally.

Kris Cortez

Grand Valley alumnus Kris Cortez, 11, 13, has been accepted as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar in the Transcultural European Outdoor Studies program from the University of Marburg, Germany, and the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo, Norway.

The study program will begin at the University of Cumbria in Ambleside, UK, in September, and will continue at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and the University of Marburg through August 2015.

Cortez will receive full funding for his studies, including tuition, fees, travel, insurance, and living expenses. He was one of only two Americans to receive the prestigious award.

The aim of the program is to provide a well-rounded education in three central traditions of the philosophy behind teaching about the outdoors from Norway, Germany, and the UK. The program is also intended to allow students to learn about cultural transitions between the three national concepts.

The European Unions Erasmus Mundus scholarship is a merit scholarship designed to attract the best students to Europe to study in masters and doctoral programs and enhance quality in higher education through scholarships and academic cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world.

Applicants are accepted based upon grades, course prerequisites, language proficiency, and professor recommendations. No more than two scholarships are given per nationality.