Truman Heartland Community Foundation (THCF) is pleased to announce more than $470,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 235 area students this year.
Scholarship recipients include Grain Valley students:
Blue Springs Rotary Club Scholarship and Walters-Magee Scholarship
Independence Young Matrons Scholarship
Forrest and Marjorie Martin Undergrad Scholarship
Council of Clubs Undergraduate Scholarship
Truman Heartland awards scholarships to students based on criteria set by their donors to support students pursuing a variety of educational disciplines.
This year, the Community Foundation reviewed 926 completed scholarship applications and awarded 326 scholarship awards to 235 area students. Since 1982, Truman Heartland has awarded more than $4.6 million in scholarships.
To view the full list of scholarship funds and recipients, visit www.thcf.org/Grant-Scholarship-Seekers/Scholarship-Recipients
In a June 22nd email to parents and community members, Grain Valley Schools announced a state budget shortfall of $1,086,997 for the district for the budget year ending June 30th. The shortfall in revenue is attributed to the impact of the stay at home orders instituted due to COVID-19.
The district stated it anticipates continued cuts in funding in the “foreseeable future”, and will take steps to review spending, including not filling some open staff positions in the coming school year.
The Jackson County Health Department will host traveling immunization clinics throughout Eastern Jackson County in an effort to make required school immunizations more accessible for families and students during COVID-19.
From July 7th through August 19th, Jackson County Health Department nurses will travel to different cities each week and provide immunizations to students. The clinics will be open Tuesday through Friday from 8:30am to 6:00pm.
A separate clinic for kindergarten students will be available at the Jackson County Health Department in Independence from July 7th through August 21st, Tuesday through Friday, 8:00am—6:30pm.
Missouri law requires students to be up-to-date on immunizations. The state of Missouri does not plan to waive this requirement to provide extra time to get vaccinated as of June 10th. If immunizations or waivers are not completed before the start of the school year, students cannot attend school until the requirements are met.
“As we navigate COVID-19, it remains essential for families to stay up-to-date on school immunizations,” Jackson County Health Department Director Bridgette Shaffer said.
“Although immunization clinics will look different this year, our staff is committed to providing resources to help students and families.”
For both kindergarten and traveling clinics, registration must be completed at least one week before the scheduled visit. Walk-ins will not be taken. The health department can’t guarantee a second appointment if the first is missed.
To ensure the safety of staff and patients, early arrivals will not be permitted to wait in the clinic. It is recommended that parents and students show up no more than five minutes before their appointment and wear a mask or cloth covering. Students may only be accompanied by one parent or guardian.
These will be the only clinics provided by the health department for the back-to-school season. Parents are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to secure their desired date and time. The full schedule and registration links can be found at jacohd.org/events.
Stay up-to-date on back-to-school immunization schedules and sign-ups by following the Jackson County Health Department social media accounts (@jacksoncountyhd) or signing up for updates on their website (jacohd.org).
Each semester, students at Missouri State University who attain academic excellence are named to the dean’s list. The following students from Grain Valley were named to the Spring 2020 Dean’s List:
For undergraduate students, criteria include enrollment in at least 12 credit hours during the fall semester and at least a 3.50 grade point average (on a 4.00 scale).
Metropolitan Community College has released the Dean's List for the Spring 2020 semester. The 3,265 students who received Dean's List recognition this semester earned a GPA of at least 3.5 while being enrolled in six or more credit hours.
Gregory Allen Armstrong
Julia Marie Bagby
Cortnee Jean Barnett
Taffy Ann Beachner
Stephanie Sue Branson
Bailey Michelle Burney
Amanda Nicole Cole
Morgan Elizabeth Crozier
Ryan Leann Erwin
Elizabeth Louise Favor
Alana Maria Gorman
Matt Ryan Green
Ethan L Grisham
Kyle R Hammond
Jackson Adam Hoover
Andrea Marie James
Brittney Rose Konko
Lisa Kay Kutzner
Payton Rylee Lawhead
Jacquelyn Renae Lowe
Aby Leann Miller
Hayden Dallas Mitchell
Andy Andres Reyes
Allison Ericka Riker
Maria Cruz Ruiz Albor
Jake Anthony Spangler
Peyton William Temple
Jill Breanne Wenger
Hillary Danielle Wheeler
Robert Hayden White
Adam Christopher Williams
Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) has released its Deans List for the spring 2020 semester.
The students qualified for the honor by earning a grade point average of 3.75 or above on a 4.0 scale while enrolled in 12 or more credit hours.
Brady R. Garmon
Alyssa M. Lampe
Garmon, a pre-med student at MSSU, was also honored as a spring 2020 Glenn Dolence Leadership Award honoree.
The awards are named in honor of Dr. Glenn D. Dolence, former vice president for Student Services at Missouri Southern, who retired from MSSU in 1996 after 27 years of service and was a founding member of the Golden Crest Circle of ODK. He later served as mayor of Webb City, Mo., and has held a variety of other posts in the community.
Park University announces its Spring 2020 graduates from the University’s flagship Parkville Campus, as well as the Downtown Kansas City, Independence, and Lenexa campuses, and online graduates from across the region.
These graduates were scheduled to participate in the University’s commencement ceremony on May 9th at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, but the event was cancelled earlier in the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The University had 615 students eligible to graduate — 253 students received a master’s degree and/or a graduate certificate, and 362 students received a bachelor’s degree, associate degree and/or undergraduate certificate.
Master of Healthcare Administration
Navadene F. Harris, Healthcare Administration, Grain Valley
Harris also earned a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management and Leadership
Master of Social Work
Rachelle Lynn Brown, Grain Valley, (attended Lexington [Mo.] High School)
Bachelor of Science
Fatima F. Figueroa, Business Administration/Management, Grain Valley, (Summa Cum Laude)
Elisabeth Fleischmann, Biology, Grain Valley, Mo. (Summa Cum Laude)