Success Stories

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


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



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

Freeman-ASIA Scholarship awarded to Grand Valley student 

Grand Valley student Megan DeKievit, of Jenison, has received a nationally competitive Freeman-ASIA Scholarship to study music in Taiwan at the Mahidol University College of Music. She will spend both summer and fall semesters at the college, which was established with an aim to produce music students of high quality, with good taste and with a social conscience. Read more



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

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



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