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GVL Staff

Physician assistant students earn federal scholarships

Four Grand Valley State University physician assistant studies students were awarded federal grants for $22,000 each year for the next two years.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded GVSU the grant, worth a total of $1.79 million. The grant has been used for the four students (Joanne Trembley, Haley Crites, Gina Doman and Erin Meehan), along with providing additional funding for more faculty members.

Next year, seven scholarships will be awarded instead of four.

MichBio Student Career Day partners with CHS and Van Andel

The MichBio Student Career Day this year is being operated by Grand Valley State University’s nursing and health professions colleges, along with the Van Andel Institute.

On Nov. 1, more than 250 high school juniors and seniors will participate in the event in order to expose students to research being conducted in West Michigan. The Kirkhof College of Nursing and College of Health Professions students and faculty members will lead sessions during the event.

Philanthropy director given nonprofit professional award

The program director of nonprofit services at Grand Valley State University’s Johnson Center for Philanthrophy was awarded the Young Nonpfoti Professional of the Year award by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids.

Matthew Downey, who has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit field, received the award on Nov. 3.

According to the YNPN, the Professional of the Year award goes to someone “who excels in their work, always goes above and beyond for their cause, is always looking for a new way to make a nonprofit service better, and is an overall fabulous young professional.”