Thursday 8th December 2022

Missouri Valley College President Dr. Bonnie Humphrey has announced that the college will receive a $1,237,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will be administered over three years.

“On behalf of the Missouri Valley College community, I am grateful that we received a generous grant from the Department of Education that will help us to enhance our outreach and services to support academic success and economic development for rural students, their families, and their communities,” said Elizabeth Bellamy, incoming Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Our college is proud to serve rural middle school, high school, and college students by deepening their understanding of student success, financial literacy, and high-demand career opportunities. Our partnerships with rural schools, businesses, government entities, and non-profits will enrich our campus and surrounding rural counties in our Drive 60 area and beyond.”

The funds will support Missouri Valley’s mission of guiding students to succeed through personal instruction and intellectual inquiry. The grant will increase the college’s resources to help rural students and open pathways to higher education and economic success. The grant will also fund new positions to serve rural students including a project director for rural outreach and support, rural student success specialists to assist with career planning, academic advising and financial aid, and a financial literacy specialist.

Additionally, the grant will fund Missouri Valley College services and activities including supportive technology, workshops, and campus immersions for rural college, high school, and middle school students primarily within the college’s Drive 60 Scholarship program. In partnership with business, industry, and not-for-profit agencies, Missouri Valley will offer programs and services to strengthen coordination and engage rural communities to advance systemic change for rural students.