Nearly 400 new students have enrolled at Grand Valley this year largely because of the generosity of a Detroit couple who have expanded access to education for students from working-class families.
The new students create a current cohort of 1,250 Thompson Scholarship recipients at Grand Valley. It's the university's largest scholarship program, funded by Bob and Ellen Thompson and their foundation.
The Thompsons established their first scholarship program for Grand Valley students who graduated from Detroit's University Prep Academy in 2008. They have since expanded programs to include transfer students, first-year students and sophomores who meet the criteria.