Rockford student awarded GVSU scholarship 

Eric Henderson of Rockford has been named a recipient of a Faculty Scholarship to Grand Valley State University (GVSU). A recent graduate of Rockford High School, Henderson is the son of Phil and Laura Henderson.

To be considered for a Faculty Scholarship, the recipient must have a 3.6 high school grade-point average (GPA), a minimum ACT score of 29, and attend a scholarship competition. The award is renewable for three additional years with a minimum 3.5 GPA.

GVSU is dedicated to providing a rich learning environment for students, offering a wide range of majors and hands-on research opportunities. Highly credentialed and responsive faculty and individual advisors and mentors promote a liberal arts emphasis that teaches students critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Albano named to Niagara Dean’s List 

Marie Albano of Rockford was named to the Niagara University academic dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester. To qualify, students must attain a 3.25 academic grade-point average for the semester.

Founded in 1856, Niagara University is a comprehensive master’s institution sponsored by the Vincentian Community, an order of priests and brothers founded by St. Vincent de Paul. Located on the Niagara River at the northern boundary of the city of Niagara Falls, N.Y., the university enrolls more than 4,000 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs in its four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education, Business Administration, and Hospitality and Tourism Management. It also offers programs in teacher education and graduate education in the Toronto and York regions of Ontario. For more information on programs and offerings, visit

Bialkowski graduates from Montreat College 

Kathryn Bialkowski of Rockford graduated from Montreat College’s School of Professional and Adult Studies in May with a master of arts degree in education.

Montreat College is a Christ-centered liberal arts institution with its main campus for four-year traditional students in Montreat. The accelerated School of Professional and Adult Studies program has campuses in Asheville, Charlotte and Black Mountain, with courses being taught in Cherokee, Murphy and other N.C. locations.

Herbel named to Dean’s List 

Andrew Herbel of Sparta is on the Dean’s List for spring semester 2011 at Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind. He graduated May 22 with a degree in chemistry, and is also a graduate of Kent City High School.

To achieve the Dean’s List distinction, students must earn a semester grade point of 3.5 or higher and have completed at least 12 semester hours.

For more information on the programs and opportunities at Manchester College, visit

Hope athletes named to MIAA Academic Honor Roll 

The 2010/2011 Academic Honor Roll of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) includes 192 student-athletes from Hope College. Those student-athletes include Rachel Doud (soccer), a sophomore from Rockford; Brett May (cross country and track), a senior from Belmont; and Zachary Vossen (track), a junior from Belmont. This is May’s and Vossen’s first year being named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll, and Doud’s second.

The academic awards program is administered by the faculty representatives of the MIAA member colleges. The 22nd annual Academic Honor Roll consists of student-athletes who maintained a minimum 3.5 grade-point average for the year.





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