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Inspirational night at ‘Students Inspiring Students’

May 13, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Thursday night was the first time the 100 “Students Inspiring Students” scholarship recipients all were in the same place at one time, and you already could see the value of a program that promises to be a game-changer in inner-city schools. “It acknowledges our students in urban education in a way that’s incredibly meaningful,” said Claudio Coria, principal at Alhambra High School. There were emotional speeches and lots of happy faces.

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GCU helped Mendoza find his true purpose

May 10, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

When Juan Mendoza arrived on campus, he came with the original purpose of earning a degree to enter the health care system. In the process, however, he was able to develop faith in the Lord and began to recognize all the great things the Lord had done for him.

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College of Nursing commits to opioid education

May 09, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU is part of a national movement against abuse of opioids, the highly addictive medications that relieve pain. The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions will implement “A Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into its pharmacology course, a requirement for all nurse practitioners starting this month.

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Scholarships are like gold to Washington students

May 06, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The Students Inspiring Students initiative has had a remarkable effect this week. Thursday, Washington High was one of three schools to receive full-tuition rides that day – 14, to be exact. The life-changing opportunity was a shock for assistant principal Jeff Parsons and the students.

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Alhambra students earn 25 full-tuition scholarships

May 05, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The new Students Inspiring Students initiative was in full celebration Wednesday night at Alhambra High, which received more full-tuition rides (25) than any other school. It was yet another indication of how far Alhambra has come in Claudio Coria’s tenure as principal, but it also was an obvious sign to Coria, parents and students how much GCU has helped, too.

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GCU employees pledge $1.5 million to Donate to Elevate program

May 04, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Karina Sahagun and her sisters were adrift after tragedy struck their family, but GCU’s Donate to Elevate helped fund tuition at Bourgade Catholic High School, which helped provide stability. Paint was peeling from Nancy Medina’s four-bedroom house before volunteers from Habitat for Humanity, funded in part by Donate to Elevate, gave her house a new coat of paint. This year, GCU employees pledged a record of more than $1.5 million to Donate to Elevate, which will in turn help even more families like the Sahaguns and the Medinas.

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100 students receiving full-tuition scholarships as part of GCU’s K-12 initiative

May 03, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU this week began giving out full-tuition scholarships to the first of 100 incoming freshmen as part of its new, pay-it-forward initiative called Students Inspiring Students. Seniors at Maryvale and Betty Fairfax high schools were all smiles after receiving the scholarships. At at its core, the initiative is about students helping students and the impact it can have in inner-city schools in Arizona.

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Gov. Ducey praises Arizona youth leaders at GCU leadership event

April 29, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Ariz. Gov. Doug Ducey visited Grand Canyon University on Friday to give a keynote address at the 10th annual Youth Leadership Day. He praised more than 600 high school leaders from across Arizona for setting a high bar, tackling tough issues and dedicating hours of time and energy to providing service to others and generally making Arizona a better place.

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Learning Lounge cited for contribution to public education

April 28, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

  Story and photo by Jeannette Cruz GCU News Bureau It takes a lot of work, dedication and collaboration to make a difference in a community, and Grand Canyon University’s Learning Lounge is all for it. Wednesday, the Learning Lounge received an Award of Excellence in Individual, Business, Foundation or Civic/Community Organization for Contributions to Public Education, presented by the Arizona School Public Relations Association, during the ASPRA*tions Awards at the Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria. The Learning Lounge was developed in partnership with nearby Alhambra High School in 2012 as part of GCU’s Strategic Educational Alliances Department and the University’s five-point plan to revitalize west Phoenix. The program provides free academic assistance and meals to students of any grade level and pairs them with GCU student mentors for one-on-one and small-group learning sessions. The results thus far have been remarkable. Alhambra, a D-rated school by the Arizona Department of Education three years ago, is now nine points away from being a “B” school. The number of high school graduates at Alhambra increased from 417 in 2013-14 to 536 in 2014-15 Alhambra seniors earned $2.7 million in college scholarships in 2014-15, up from $1.2 million in 2013-14 And the number of students taking advanced placement exams […]

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World-class swimmer finds another passion as GCU grad

April 28, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Former world-class swimmer Dagny Knutson earned her highest honor Friday when she graduated from GCU with a bachelor’s in sports management. GCU coach Steve Schaffer helped Knutson get a scholarship, despite her ineligibility to swim competitively in college, because he was moved by her story. Today, Knutson is filled with gratitude for GCU and hopes to return to get her master’s degree here.

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