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 Recipients
This year’s recipients are Luke Nyatteng and Mridula Shanker. Luke will be attending Penn State University and has an interest in finance. Luke hopes to “educate people on how to manage their money so that they can financially independent and have time to spend with their families.” Mridula was accepted into an eight year Combined Medical Degree program at Union College / Albany Medical College. Mridula has completed many volunteer and internship positions in the healthcare field, and writes, “The simple thought of making a positive impact in people’s lives motivates me to stay in healthcare.”
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’s recipient is Riccy Gonzales. Riccy came to Great Valley in 2019 from Honduras. Brian Staley, ESL teacher at GVHS writes “As she talks about her past – her country, her family – her mom, Riccy still smiles. It is a wistful smile, but also a proud one, a smile of a person who holds much more wisdom than any 18-year-old should… I would like her to know that Great Valley is smiling back because we are happy to have had her laughter in our halls. I would like her to know that we are smiling back because we found inspiration in the way she confronts life’s toughest challenges with joy. I want Riccy to know that we are smiling back because, just as her family is and her mom surely would be, we are proud of all that she has accomplished.”