As a community partner, we believe it is important to recognize and empower high school graduates who strive to continue their education. We aim to identify and honor graduates that have consistently met academic requirements of GVSD (growth and progress are of particular interest), exemplified good school citizenship, had a significant role in providing financial or other support for their family and volunteered or worked in community organizations that help others.
New for the 2020/21 school year, this scholarship provides financial assistance to graduating Great Valley School District high school seniors. Two $1,500 scholarships will be awarded annually to a graduating senior who, despite facing obstacles that make achieving their future goals more difficult, has maintained a decent GPA, has a strong work ethic, is cooperative and shows kindness, and has financial needs. The scholarship is available for seniors who enroll in post-secondary school programs, be it a 4-year college and university, community college, technical or trade school, law enforcement or the military.
This Year's Recipient
This year one scholarship was awarded to Ryan Harris. Ryan is a terrific match for our scholarship’s requirements. As his Honors English teacher stated, “Ryan’s academic accomplishments are noteworthy; however, it is his overall attitude and demeanor that truly make him distinguishable.” Both Ryan’s teachers and coaches commented on his work ethic that impressively combines discipline with a genuinely positive approach.
Outstanding English Language Learner Award
This award has been presented for the last ten years, and beginning last year, GVSDEF began sponsoring the Outstanding English Language Learner Award, a scholarship presented to a graduating senior who has made outstanding progress in English as a Second language (ESL) program at Great Valley High School. Their accomplishments exemplify the characteristics this award represents which are academic achievement, development of the English language, strong character, leadership skills, and a willingness to help other students in the program and/or serve in the community.
This Year's Recipient
This year Johnathan Castro was awarded this scholarship. To put it simply, nothing stops Jonathan. Brian Staley, English as Second Language teacher at GVHS, states that “Jonathan is the hardest-working student I have ever taught (and that’s saying something because I’m kinda old and have taught a lot of kids). Honestly, I don’t know how he does it. Nothing stops Jonathan.”