Grand River Academy Rewards Applicant Initiative

Grand River AcademyIt’s a piece of every educator’s dream to have their students own, and initiate, their educations. But, alas, each one of our students is in a different place in terms of growth and responsibility. Our students may not be exactly where we want them in terms of planning, execution, self-control, and self-advocacy, but we’ll get them there.

Those thoughts ran through my head as I read about Grand River Academy’s Student Initiated Admissions Initiative.

Grand River’s Student Initiated Admissions Initiative is a scholarship program that recognizes and rewards student initiated contact with the school’s admission office.

I asked Grand River head Tim Viands what Grand River sees in its boys and family that led to the creation of the Student Initiated Admissions Initiative?

“The Student Initiated Admissions Initiative encourages our prospective students to own the process and their future. Grand River Academy’s mission is aimed at helping young men unlock and activate their full potential. We feel that, when given an incentive to initiate the admissions process, a market of students that otherwise may not have considered boarding school as an option will consider GRA. It is our belief that there are boys at every school in the nation that would benefit, and find success, from the GRA environment and community. We are now extending an invitation to these boys, who may be questioning the future of their success in their current academic environment,” Viands explains.

From Grand River’s Announcement:

Scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria: Student initiated inquiry via electronic form on, email via and/or a phone call to GRA, as well as an essay answering one or more of the following questions:

  • What makes you the interesting person that you are?
  • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure and how did it affect you and what lessons did you learn?
  • Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content.
  • What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

A completed admissions application, acceptance and subsequent enrollment are, of course required.

Grand River’s Student Initiated Admissions Initiative scholarships will be one year, partial tuition awards with no predetermined amount.

Touching on the benefits of the program Head Viands remarked, ‘The benefit of such a program is to empower the future GRA boys. So often, our boys before coming to GRA are lacking in self-confidence, self-esteem, and grit. It is a huge step to initiate the process to attend boarding school for our boys. We want to recognize their initiative.”

Brian Fisher

A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.

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