Santana Mahone, from the Admissions office, gives a presentation for
charter school students during College Prep Week in July. The GVSU
Charter Schools Office invited junior and senior high school students
from GVSU-authorized charter schools to participate in a week of
academic and cultural exploration.
A study released by the National Association of Charter School
Authorizers highlighted Grand Valley for its work and commitment to
its charter school students.
NACSA’s report examined higher education institutions that act as
authorizers for charter schools in their state and, in Grand Valley’s
case, what programs are used to continue educational opportunities for students.
Grand Valley was featured by the NACSA for its College
Prep Week, which brings more than 100 students to campus each
summer to get their first experience of life as a college student.
The NASCA also focused on the GV
Charter School Alumni Scholarship, which awards $1,000 a year to
a graduate of one of its public charter high schools to attend Grand
Valley. Graduates of University Prep charter high schools can receive
an additional $1,000 per year.
“Each student in each public school that Grand Valley charters is a
part of the Laker community, and we are committed to their lifelong
education,” said President Philomena V. Mantella. “We are proud to
create more pathways that make college accessible for more Michigan
students, and we are excited to add the scholarship to the robust
support systems that are already in place for our learners.”