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Rowland Unified Partners with Grand Canyon University to Guarantee College Access to Students

MAY 22, 2018 -- Rowland Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Julie Mitchell announced today that the District has partnered with Grand Canyon University (GCU) in Phoenix, Arizona to further provide RUSD graduates guaranteed access to affordable, high-quality college education. The partnership will allow students who meet entrance requirements guaranteed admission and a scholarship of up to $4,000 for each of the four years they attend. The university also provides a variety of counseling and teacher support systems to help students succeed.

“The Board of Education and I are thrilled to offer this tremendous opportunity with Grand Canyon University to our students that will help make their college dreams a reality,” said Mitchell. “GCU’s passion for education, their high-quality programs and commitment to provide support systems for student success and affordable tuition will greatly benefit our students.”

Grand Canyon University helps students find their purpose and achieve their potential through more than 225 academic programs, emphases and certificates. Both in-person and online, the curriculum features small class sizes and interactive lesson plans that keep students engaged. GCU has 70,000 students enrolled in its online programs, while enrollment on its ground campus has jumped from less than 1,000 students in 2008 to approximately 20,000 this fall. To help keep higher education affordable, GCU has frozen tuition on its ground campus for 10 straight years.

“We are so pleased to welcome Rowland Unified School District into Grand Canyon University’s Participants in Learning, Leading and Serving (PLLS) alliance and look forward to launching a relationship to benefit their students, staff and school community,” said Dr. Tacy Ashby, Senior Vice President, Strategic Educational Alliances at GCU.


(PHOTO CAPTION Left to right): RUSD Board of Education Lynne Ebenkamp, David .Malkin, Angelena Pride along with Grand Canyon University Development Team Members Raul Ernesto Garcia, Angela Meachem, Greg Cole, with RUSD Board President Cary Chen, Superintendent Dr. Julie Mitchell and Board Vice President Donna Freedman

The Participants in Learning, Leading and Serving (PLLS) partnership program provides members of the Rowland Unified School District community a variety of additional benefits such as:

n  PLLS student scholarship opportunity

n  A 10% scholarship for PLLS faculty, staff and governing board members

n  A 5% scholarship for spouses of faculty, staff and governing board members

n  A 5% scholarship for students’ parents for degrees related to the field of Education

n  Dual enrollment opportunities for students

n  Professional development and speaker opportunities

n  Access to the GCU Online Job Board

n  Discounts on GCU academic and athletic camps, and events sponsored by Strategic Educational Alliances

Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona’s premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers more than 225 academic programs, emphases and certificates for both traditional undergraduate students and working professionals. The University’s curriculum emphasizes interaction with classmates, both in-person and online, and individual attention from instructors while fusing academic rigor with Christian values to help students find their purpose and become skilled, caring professionals. For more information please visit:

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