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GVSU RISE receives $1 million National Science Foundation grant

Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University is the recipient of a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The money is dedicated to a new project assisting high performing, low-income students pursuing degrees in science or engineering programs.

GVSU has created a program called Retaining and Inspiring students in Science and Engineering. On campus, it’s better known as RISE. The university will assist approximately 50 low-income students pursuing science or engineering degrees who may not be able to afford a college education.

The $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program will support faculty mentors, internships, summer research projects and the enlistment of local community colleges enlisting potential RISE students and preparing them for enrollment.

GVSU explains, “the RISE project team will investigate the structures of the program that help support student retention and graduation, road blocks to graduation for students coming from low-income households, and student perceptions of the value of the different elements of RISE’s experiential learning opportunities.”

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.