Three of the winners created and submitted videos and the fourth submitted an essay that described how their VHS course experience helped them to develop the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. The scholarship review committee included VHS staff members from each department who evaluated the submissions based on their content, quality, creativity and relevance.
“The submissions this year were exceptional and the decisions were very difficult for us to make,” said Liz Pape, President & CEO of VHS. “All of the winners did a great job showcasing their achievements and explaining how their VHS courses helped them develop the critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity skills they will need for success in college and careers.”
Two students each received a $1,000 scholarship—
The final two scholarship winners--Valerie Gemba of Boston, MA and Michael Slifer of Cromwell, CT--each won $500 to use towards college expenses. Gemba became interested in business after taking VHS’ International Business and Learning to Invest in the Stock Market courses, which eventually led to her applying to and being accepted at Bentley University. Slifer credits his VHS classes for teaching him time management, a skill that will be invaluable when he majors in Meteorology at SUNY @ Albany in the fall.
As a nonprofit collaborative of schools, VHS’ mission is to provide students with access to high quality online learning experiences and courses not offered at their school, while supporting educators with the professional development and services they need to provide an effective 21st century education to every student. VHS member schools have access to a range of collaborative core, elective, enrichment and AP® courses that inspire, ignite and deepen learning as well as enable students to develop digital literacies and independent learning skills, explore college majors and careers, try interesting electives, earn credits, participate in global classrooms and get the opportunity to take advanced courses not offered at their school. Courses are taught by active classroom teachers who are specially trained in online teaching best practices, highly qualified, and certified in their subject areas.
“On behalf of the entire VHS staff we wish to congratulate these very creative and diligent students,” said Pape. “We wish them much success in college and in their future careers.”
For more information about the winners and to view their submission videos, go to http://thevhscollaborative.org/
About The VHS Collaborative (VHS) Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Maynard, MA, The VHS Collaborative (formerly Virtual High School Global Consortium) is the pioneer of K-12 online learning, having first brought online learning into secondary education. Since then, the organization has been setting the standard for quality online education. VHS helps schools by providing co-synchronous courses for secondary school students taught in global online classrooms, online professional development in 21st century teaching best practices for educators, support with blended learning initiatives, custom course development and private offerings to meet unique educational needs. Their design and delivery standards were the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning. In addition, VHS has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology and is a three time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’
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