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All Priorities

This is a dynamic listing and will be periodically updated based on current needs. Please check back with us regularly for the most updated list.


Academic Merit Scholarships
Support scholarships for students that are primarily based on academic achievement to attract and retain talented students.

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Academic Programs and Centers
Support the highest priorities for academic programs and academic centers.

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Application Fees and National Grants
Help more high-achieving students apply for nationally prestigious awards, such as Fulbright or Rhodes Scholarships, through the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships.

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Brooks College for Interdisciplinary Studies
Support Brooks College students and programs in the highest areas of need.

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Campus Leaders Retreat
Support LeaderShape, a training retreat to provide student campus leaders the opportunity to discover their strengths and learn how to maximize their skills in current and future leadership roles.

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Career Selection Testing
Provide one student the chance to establish their career goals with selection testing, simulated interviews, and professional development through the GVSU Career Center.

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College of Education
Support student experiences that prepare highly skilled educators and programs with the greatest need in the college.

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College of Health Professions
Support student experiences and program areas of highest need in the health professions.

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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Support CLAS students, faculty, and specialty programs in the areas of highest merit and excellence.

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Communications Classroom Technology
Support the purchase of advanced technology within communications and journalism to give students the most current experience as they prepare for graduation.   

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Create a Scholarship
Start your own endowed or annual scholarship to support GVSU students for years to come. Learn more.        

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Emergency Support
Help a student in a time of unexpected economic or personal hardship through the Student Support Fund.

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Experiential Learning
Provides high-impact experiences for students such as internships, co-ops and clinical placements.

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First Generation Student Development
Support one week of academic and personal development counseling to help first generation college students stay at Grand Valley through graduation.        

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Formula SAE Car
Support the GVSU Formula SAE Race Team by supporting students and enabling them to apply classroom theories, engineering design, and project management skills in a challenging competition.

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Grand Finish Grant 
Support and encourage the Grand Finish, an incentive program for students to graduate in four years. Learn more.

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Greatest Needs for Academic Relevance
Support the greatest needs for academic programs, centers, and capital projects to meet changing employment needs.

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Greatest Needs for Athletic Facilities
Provides immediate and available resources for upgrades to athletic facilities.

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Greatest Needs in Financial Aid
Provide additional funding where it is most needed in scholarships and financial aid for students.

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Greatest Needs for Student Success
Support greatest needs in any of Grand Valley's student success programs.

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Health Campus Expansion/Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall
Support Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, the first step in the expansion of the university's health campus.

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Improved Performing Arts Space
Support materials, equipment, instruments, and opportunities for performing arts students.

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Interfaith Student Ambassador
Support a student ambassador in the Kaufman Interfaith Institute and Campus Interfaith Resources who will engage positively across lines of religious difference, promoting dialogue on shared values and action toward the common good in the community.

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Johnson Center Research Student
Support a student researcher within the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy to develop models and provide data for nonprofits, foundations, and others seeking to transform their communities for the public good.   

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Kirkhof College of Nursing
Support rigorous, patient-centered programs and experiences for nursing students.

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Laker Effect Fund
Support the priorities of the Laker Effect campaign.

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Leadership Development

Provide one student a full year of leadership training, assessment, and practice designed to instill leadership excellence at the Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy.

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Named and Endowed Faculty Positions
Support faculty positions of highest priority across all academic programs and units.

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Need-Based Scholarships
Support scholarships for students that are primarily based on financial need through supplements to federal grants and support for moderate income students.

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One Hour of Counseling
Provide one hour of counseling for one student in need of psychological services to keep them on track for graduation.     

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One Hour of Tutoring
Provide one hour of academic tutoring in the Student Success Center for one student in any subject to assist in achieving academic and personal goals.

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One Undergraduate Class
Provide an undergraduate student with tuition for a 3-credit course or a share of a course.      


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Pediatric Simulation
Help health professions and nursing students receive hands-on learning about the health needs of children by supporting infant and child simulators in the GVSU Simulation Center.

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Post Season Travel Expenses for Laker Marching Band (2017-18)
Support the Laker Marching Band and their travel expenses during the post season.

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Research Supplies
Support the materials needed for student research and presentations through the Summer Scholars Program.      

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School of Public and Nonprofit Administration
Support student learning opportunities in public, nonprofit, and health administration programs.

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Seidman College of Business
Support the highest academic priorities of Seidman business students.

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Seymour & Esther Padnos School of Engineering  and Computing Expansion
Support the expansion of facilities and educational experiences for the Engineering program.

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Stipend for Unpaid Internships/Clinicals
Provide a stipend for one student to cover the extra living and transportation expenses associated with internships, co-ops, and clinicals that are not covered by unpaid internships.

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Student Competitions
Support local, regional, and national student competitions in all majors by providing travel expense for extracurricular events beyond the classroom.

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Student Support Services
Enhance and expand support programs including academic advising and career counseling. 

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Supplies for Replenish Food Pantry
Support the student food pantry to provide students with food and personal care items to meet short-term challenges.        

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Sylvia and Richard Kaufman Interfaith Institute
This fund is committed to facilitating mutual respect and greater interfaith understanding in West Michigan and beyond, particularly through educational opportunities in the community and on campus.

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Textbooks for One Semester
Directly support students in the classroom by providing textbooks for one semester. 

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Water Resources Graduate Researcher
Support an appointed graduate researcher for the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute to help enhance and preserve our freshwater resources.

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Writing Center Peer Mentoring
Provide peer mentoring for students working with the Frederik Meijer Center for Writing & Michigan Authors to develop strategies and skills for building awareness of and confidence in their own writing process.

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