Wyoming

Sarah

PSEP
2007
Class of 2011
Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine

The WICHE program has been instrumental in me achieving my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at CSU. As the costs of higher education rise (particularly out-of state) with a lack of response in salaries, it is becoming almost prohibitive for many to obtain professional degrees. It is truly because of this program that I was able to pursue the career that I look forward to every day! I would like to extend my gratitude to the State of Wyoming for helping me achieve my life long dream of working with animals and saving lives. I encourage legislators to continue support for this invaluable program and giving people a chance to make a difference!

Sarah Botkin

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WICHE’s PSEP was instrumental in helping me achieve my DVM at CSU. As tuition costs rise (particularly out-of state) and with a lack of response in salaries, it’s become prohibitive for many to obtain professional degrees. It’s truly because of PSEP that I’m able to pursue the career that I’ll look forward to every day! I’d like to extend my gratitude to the State of Wyoming for helping me achieve my life-long dream of working with animals and saving lives. I encourage legislators to continue support for this invaluable program that gives people the chance to make a difference!

Pam

PSEP
2009
Class of 2013
Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine

I have always wanted to be a veterinarian, and growing up on a small ranch in Wyoming only reinforced my aspirations. The only problem was that I didn't have access to a veterinary school in Wyoming, so I would be paying out-of-state tuition at any institution I attended. Then I found out about WICHE, which gave me the cost of in-state-tuition via the generous support of my home state. Without WICHE, I would be facing a great deal of student debt and financial struggle upon graduation, but now, I can focus on my schooling without the looming dread of hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans to pay back! I am very thankful for the support of the state of Wyoming in helping me pursue my dream of becoming a large animal veterinarian. Thank you!

Pam Harmeyer

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I’ve always wanted to be a veterinarian, and growing up on a small ranch in Wyoming reinforced my aspirations. But I didn't have access to a veterinary school in Wyoming, so I would be paying out-of-state tuition at any institution I attended. Then I learned about PSEP, where I would pay in-state-tuition thanks to the support of my home state. Instead of facing tremendous student debt, I can now focus on my schooling without the looming dread of hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans to pay back! Thank you Wyoming, for helping me pursue my dream of becoming a large animal veterinarian!

Jared

PSEP
2007
Class of 2011
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Doctor of Medicine

As a resident from Wyoming, admission to medical school is difficult due to lack of a instate medical program. As such, obtaining acceptance into medical school can be challenging. Often out of state institutions are reluctant to accept non resident students due to the perceived idea that if accepted the non resident student will return to his/hers home state and deplete the pool of new physicians within that particular area. Additionally, the WWAMI program through the University of Washington, accepts a set number of Wyoming residents applying to medical school which can result in qualified applicants not being selected for acceptance. This is where the value of the WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) shines through the most. By providing students with additional options for acceptance into medical school, as well as other professional programs, the PSEP creates greater opportunity to not only increase the number of future professionals but also enrich their learning experiences by proving students a chance to visit new areas of the country. As a product of the PSEP and The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences I have be presented with both an extremely strong medical education as well as a rich cultural and personal experience. I will be graduating from UND this coming May and plan to enter a residency in Orthopedic Surgery. I feel the value of this program to be immeasurable and I would advocate that the state legislature of Wyoming continue to support and fund the WICHE PSEP. For without it, I might not have become the future physician I am today. Jared M.

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As a Wyoming resident, getting admitted to medical school is challenging because we have no in-state program. WICHE’s PSEP provided me with options! The University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine has given me a strong medical education as well as a rich cultural and personal experience. I will graduate in May and plan to pursue a residency in orthopedic surgery. The value of PSEP is immeasurable, and I would advocate that the State of Wyoming continue to support students through WICHE’s PSEP. Without it, I might not have become the future physician I am today.

Cossette

PSEP
2016
Class of 2019
University of Utah
Doctor of Physical Therapy

<p>&nbsp;I have dreamed of&nbsp;going to physical therapy school for a long time, and would not let anything get in the way of that goal. &nbsp;With rising costs of tuition, this presented a stressful challenge. &nbsp; I wondered how I could possibly&nbsp;afford to go to graduate school and pay&nbsp;out of state tuition. &nbsp;Having the WICHE has afforded me the opportunity to go to a great school at a more reasonable price so I can focus on what counts, which is learning and getting the most out of this experience. &nbsp;Thanks to the WICHE, I am able to go to an incredible PT school and pursue my lifelong goal of becoming a physical therapist, a career that will eventually allow me to give back to the state that I love. &nbsp;</p>

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I dreamed of going to physical therapy school for a long time, and would not let anything get in the way of that goal. But with rising tuition costs, this presented a stressful challenge. I wondered how I could possibly afford to go to graduate school and pay out-of-state tuition. WICHE's PSEP program gave me the opportunity to go to a great school at a more reasonable price, so that I can focus on what counts: learning and getting the most out of my educational experience. Thanks to WICHE's program, I am able to go to an incredible PT school and pursue my lifelong goal of becoming a physical therapist -- a career that will eventually allow me to give back to the state that I love.

Rodney

PSEP
2014
Class of 2017
University of North Dakota
Occupational Therapy

<p>The WICHE program allowed me to pursue a career opportunity I will enjoy and value. The funds gained from the program have allowed my education to be more affordable so I can reach my goal of becoming an occupational therapist. I would like to say thank you so much and I greatly appreciate this program.</p>

<p>Rodney Palmer</p>

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WICHE's PSEP program allowed me to pursue a career I will enjoy and value. The funding I receive through the program has made my occupational therapy education more affordable. Thank you so much. I greatly appreciate this program.

Laurel

PSEP
2014
Class of 2018
Colorado State University
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

<p>Had it not been for the WICHE PSEP program, I would not have attended veterinary school. The price of a veterinary degree is often insurmountable and receiving support from the state of Wyoming has been a live saver! I will graduate with a fraction of the loan burden many of my fellow students are faced with and I feel very fortunate for this opportunity.</p>

<p>Laurel S.</p>

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Had it not been for the WICHE PSEP program, I would not have attended veterinary school. The price of a veterinary degree is often insurmountable and receiving support from the State of Wyoming has been a life saver! I will graduate with a fraction of the loan debt that many of my fellow students are facing. I feel very fortunate for this opportunity.

Josiah

PSEP
2014
Class of 2018
Pacific University
College of Optometry

<p>The WICHE&nbsp;program is an amazing&nbsp;scholarship&nbsp;that I am blessed to have while attending Optometry school. This has given me the opportunity to save a great deal of money while receiving my professional education&nbsp;and allows me to return home once I have completed my O.D.. Some may argue that having this scholarship holds you back from taking other opportunities if presented in other states, however, I do not feel this way. I plan on returning to Wyoming regardless of other opportunities, and this scholarship is saving me close to 100K with interest in the future. The program is paying me to come back home. This doesn&#39;t get any better than that! Thank you to all of those that have supported students with this financial opportunity!</p>

<p>Josiah Black</p>

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The WICHE's PSEP is an amazing scholarship that I am blessed to have while attending optometry school. It's saved me a great deal of money while receiving my professional education and allows me to return home once I have completed my O.D. Some students may argue that service payback scholarships limit you from taking other opportunities in other states, but I disagree. I plan on returning to Wyoming regardless. PSEP will have saved me close to $100,000 if I consider interest charges for repayment on loans that I didn't need to take out! The program is essentially paying me to come back home. It doesn't get any better than that! Thank you to the State of Wyoming for supporting students with this great opportunity!

Nikki

PSEP
2013
Class of 2017
Colorado State University
Veterinary Medicine

<p>Without the WHICHE&nbsp;program I never could have afforded to attend vet school. &nbsp;It&#39;s that plain and simple.&nbsp;</p>

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Without the WICHE PSEP program, I never could have afforded vet school. It's that plain and simple.

Devin

PSEP
2016
Class of 2019
Regis University
Doctor of Physical Therapy

<p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 15px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">I am currently a first-year student, attending Regis University&rsquo;s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Attending physical therapy school has been an ambition of mine for a very long time; however, the high costs associated with graduate school stood as a major deterrent to my application. When I learned that WICHE was going to help attenuate much of that financial burden, an enormous amount of relief swept over me. I am extremely grateful to Wyoming, and to WICHE, for the opportunity to have been selected as a recipient into the Professional Student Exchange Program. I look forward to returning to that great state, so I can give back to the community and commission that have helped make my attending PT school possible.</span></p>

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<p>Devin Orrock</p>

What is your home state of residency?: 
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I'm a first-year student enrolled in Regis University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Attending physical therapy (PT) school has been an ambition of mine for a very long time; however, the high costs associated with graduate school were a major deterrent to my application. When I learned that WICHE was going to help attenuate much of that financial burden, an enormous amount of relief swept over me. I am extremely grateful to Wyoming, and to WICHE, for the opportunity to have been selected as a recipient into the Professional Student Exchange Program. I look forward to returning to that great state, so I can give back to the community that helped make attending PT school possible.

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