Sep 6th, 2011 @ 2:01 pm | Author: Dr. Steve Shirley
As we move forward with the Fall 2011 semester and a new academic year at Valley City State University, it is a fitting time to discuss the importance of scholarship support for VCSU students. You may have noticed some signs around town in residential yards or in front of businesses that state, "Support the Vikings, Help Row the Ship." The signs were created as a show of support for VCSU Viking Athletics and our student-athletes, but the language obviously has a much broader meaning. The term "Vikings" ultimately refers to all VCSU students, and it is indeed important that as a community we truly do "Support the Vikings."

As the VCSU Century Club and V-500 scholarship drives are now beginning for the 2011-12 year, I would like to thank those of you who participate in one or both of these annual scholarship drives, and encourage those of you who have not yet participated to please consider doing so.

With the forthcoming $10.3 million Rhoades Science Center renovation/expansion, the recently completed renovation of Snoeyenbos Residence Hall, and the installation of the new artificial turf at Ellig Field, it is an exciting time on the VCSU campus. Additionally, VCSU is on the verge of potentially breaking all-time enrollment records this fall meaning there are more students taking more classes from VCSU than ever before. That means there are more students living in the residence halls and getting a great education at VCSU. This also means there are more students in the Valley City community supporting our local businesses and organizations.

As Valley City State University works to continue attracting the very best and brightest students to the campus and our community, we will continue to rely on scholarship dollars to assist in those efforts. Prospective and new students repeatedly indicate that the availability of scholarships and financial assistance are one of the greatest influencers in their decision to attend VCSU. Your support in these efforts is absolutely critical and so appreciated in helping move VCSU forward on its successful path. There are few gifts as important as those that help individuals fulfill their educational goals, and your scholarship contributions do just that.

One of the absolute best attributes about VCSU is the long-standing, solid relationship existing between VCSU and the Valley City community. It is the proverbial "win-wi" partnership that benefits both the University and the Region. Thanks to everyone throughout the area who helps make this such a strong and successful partnership, and thanks for everything you have done and continue doing to "Help Row the Ship and Support the Vikings!"