Nearly 20 seniors from Battle Creek Central High School received partial or full scholarships to attend Grand Valley in the Fall 2021 semester, spurred by the continuing partnership among the university, Battle Creek Public Schools and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
This is the second cohort of students to receive the BCPS Health and Teacher Education Pipeline Scholarships. In 2019, Grand Valley received a $15.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to partner with BCPS and transform education in the district. Funding for the scholarship program comes from WKKF as additional support for students.
The students have expressed interest in pursuing education, nursing or health profession careers. Elias Dunakin, Abdul-qadir "Quadri" Jubril, Nani Leakehe, Eduardo Romero, Zadia Torres and Anahi Villeda received funding to cover tuition, fees, housing and dining, plus a book stipend for eight semesters. Eleven other students received partial, renewable scholarships.
Jean Nagelkerk, vice provost for health, said she is pleased to offer scholarships to such a large group of students.
"The first cohort of students from Battle Creek Central High School enjoyed their academic and co-curricular experiences at Grand Valley last year, despite challenges from the pandemic," Nagelkerk said. "These students, too, will be successful because of the services and resources in place to make sure that all incoming students are set up to flourish."