Grand Valley highlighted by national charter schools association for commitment to students

October 25, 2022 (Volume 46, Number 5)
Article by Brian Vernellis

man standing giving presentation to high school students who are seated at a round table filling out paperwork

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.

Photo Credit: Kendra Stanley-Mills

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.”



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This article was last edited on October 25, 2022 at 12:26 p.m.

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