Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Big increase in online scholarships

      WSU Online’s scholarship program is getting bigger and better. The program began in 2007 with 10 $1,000 scholarships. For the 2010-11 academic year, it will offer 30 $2,000 full-year scholarships.
      This is the first year for summer-semester scholarships, with five $1,000 scholarships being awarded. In 2011, 10 $1,000-summer scholarships will be awarded, along with 20 $1,000 spring-semester scholarships.
      The scholarships are funded by the WSU Online’s student government and alumni donations. They are solely for online students. Only students seeking degrees can apply, students must be enrolled in a minimum of six semester hours of credit (three semester hours in the summer session), must complete all courses within any given semester, and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. More...      Applications are judged on both objective and subjective elements. The objective elements include academics, cumulative grade point average, and degree. The subjective elements include expressed need, character, and what the student plans to do with the degree.
      One important factor is the student’s desire to give back, said Larry Lawrence, WSU Online’s student government president.
      “We look for applicants that show a willingness to serve their community,” he said. “It’s not enough for students to want a degree just to get a job. It’s also important that students be willing to use their education to improve their community.”
      Immediate past president Debby Poris echoed that thought: “It’s not only need but also their desire to contribute that makes their application stand out.”
      More information on the program is online.

By Don English, 2002 WSU Online graduate

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