Wyoming

Joel

PSEP
2014
Class of 2017
Regis University
Doctorate of Physical Therapy

<p>The process of applying and interviewing for physical therapy school is a stressful time. There were so many unknown variables involved with where I might go, what the program would be like, and how much it would cost when I finished. I was extremely relieved when I learned that I was chosen for a WICHE scholarship to attend PT school, but it involved more than just the financial assistance. WICHE&rsquo;s professional exchange program drastically reduced my overall costs and gave me a sense of opportunity and pride to return to practice in Wyoming when I graduate. I know that I will have less debt and greater job opportunities when I finish my degree, which fosters my development as a novice professional. Receiving a WICHE scholarship gave me both financial and personal assistance to succeed in my new career and bring my skill set back to the state of Wyoming.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Joel Fundaun</p>

What is your home state of residency?: 
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The process of applying and interviewing for physical therapy school is stressful. There were so many unknown variables involved with where I might go, what the program would be like, and how much it would cost by the time I finished. I was extremely relieved when I learned that I was chosen for a WICHE PSEP scholarship. The WICHE program drastically reduced my overall costs and gave me a sense of opportunity and pride to return to practice in Wyoming after I graduate. I know that I will have less debt and greater job opportunities when I finish my degree, which fosters my development as a novice professional. Receiving a WICHE scholarship gave me the financial assistance I needed to succeed in my education. I look forward to bringing my skills back to the State of Wyoming.

Wyatt

PSEP
2016
2019
Regis University
School of Physical Therapy

<p>The WICHE scholarship has been an amazing honor to receive, and will affect my life in ways I didn&rsquo;t think possible.&nbsp; I am very excited to keep making my way through school and move into the field of physical therapy, and I feel I will be a great asset to the state of Wyoming when the time comes for me to move back home.&nbsp;&nbsp;Wyatt Machupa</p>

What is your home state of residency?: 
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The WICHE PSEP scholarship has been an amazing honor to receive and will affect my life in ways I didn’t think possible. I am very excited to keep making my way through school and move into the field of physical therapy. I believe my skills will be a great asset to the State of Wyoming when I graduate and move back home to practice.

Georgia

PSEP
2016
Class of 2019
Regis University
Physical Therapy

<p>Choosing to go back to school for physical therapy was a life changing decision and one that required immense effort to make a reality. Once I set my professional goals and began to take prerequisites, I was committed to the profession with high hopes of gaining acceptance into a DPT program. I prepared for graduate school academically, but I also had to prepare for a future where I could return to school full time, support myself, and be financially responsible. I was elated&nbsp;when I found out I had also been offered WICHE, my life completely changed for the better; I knew then that there was nothing-not even tuition- that could stop me from achieving my professional goals. &nbsp;I am enormously grateful for the opportunity that WICHE has provided, and I cannot wait to return to Wyoming to practice as a Physical Therapist.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Georgia Cobb</p>

What is your home state of residency?: 
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Going back to school for a doctorate in physical therapy was a life changing decision and one that required immense effort to make a reality. Once I set my professional goals and began to take prerequisites, I was committed to the profession with high hopes of gaining acceptance into a DPT program. I prepared for graduate school academically, but I also had to prepare for a future where I could return to school full-time, support myself, and be financially responsible. I was elated when I found out I had been selected for a WICHE PSEP award from the State of Wyoming. My life completely changed for the better and it was at that point that I knew nothing could stop me from achieving my professional goals -- not even high tuition costs. I am enormously grateful for the opportunity that WICHE has provided, and I cannot wait to return to Wyoming to practice as a physical therapist.

Seth

PSEP
2015
Class of 2019
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Osteopathic Medicine

<p>As a husband, father, and current first year medical student at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine I am very grateful to be a WICHE-PSEP recipient. My home state of Wyoming does not have its own D.O. program, so I tried to look for a school as close to home as I could. As you can imagine medical school does not allow for any extra time to make a stable income. So providing for my family and making tuition payments without going into significant student loan debt was a major concern for me as I considered applying to medical schools. Without the financial assistance I receive through this program, taking care of my family and paying for school would be nearly impossible. The stresses of my education have been greatly diminished thanks to the aid that I am receiving. I am very excited to return to Wyoming when I finish residency and I feel privileged that my home state is playing such a major role in helping me to achieve my dream of being a physician.</p>

<p>-Seth J. Minton, OMS1</p>

<p>Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences</p>

<p>College of Osteopathic Medicine</p>

What is your home state of residency?: 
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As a husband, father, and current first year medical student at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, I am very grateful to be a WICHE-PSEP recipient. My home state of Wyoming does not have its own D.O. program, so I tried to look for a school as close to home as I could. As you can imagine medical school does not allow for any extra time to make a stable income. So providing for my family and making tuition payments without going into significant student loan debt was a major concern for me as I considered applying to medical schools. Without the financial assistance I receive through this program, taking care of my family and paying for school would be nearly impossible. The stresses of my education have been greatly diminished thanks to the aid that I am receiving. I am very excited to return to Wyoming when I finish my residency and I feel privileged that my home state is playing such a major role in helping me to achieve my dream of becoming a physician.

Dietrich

WUE
2015-2016
Class of 2016
Western New Mexico University
Bachelor's of Interdisciplinary Studies

<p>This is such a great program. WUE helped me achieve my academic goals by allowing me to attend a college outside my home state for in-state tuition. This is such a blessing for me, and it has cut my college debt in half. Thank you so much for allowing me to participate within this program. :)</p>

<p>Dietrich Kuegeler</p>

What is your home state of residency?: 
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WUE is such a great program. It helped me achieve my academic goals by allowing me to attend a college outside my home state for reduced tuition. It cut my college debt in half! Thank you so much for allowing me to participate in WUE.

Erik

WUE
2011
Class of 2016
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Psychology

The WUE program has aided me for the past 4 1/2 years by keeping my tuition at in-state and a half which was a significant drop from having to pay out-of-state tuition. Every semester they required that I meet with an adviser just to make sure everything was moving along okay. sometimes these visits would take half a minute because I didn't have any questions and they didn't see any issues. Other times the adviser would take to time to sit down with me and go over any questions I had, clarify requirements, and help me decide what I needed to do in semesters to come.

Erik Boss

What is your home state of residency?: 
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WUE has helped me for the past four years by keeping my tuition at 150% of in-state, which is significantly less than full out-of-state tuition.

Sonja

PSEP
2010-2012
Class of 2013
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
Physician Assistant

I am originally from Wyoming, went to undergraduate and University of Wyoming, and then went on to study to be a Physician Assistant at University of Colorado. There is no PA school in Wyoming, so WICHE allowed me to attend PA school at an affordable price at my #1 choice of school. I have been out of school now for 2 and a half years, and practiced in Wyoming for 2 years in cardiology, and am now in Denver practicing at University of Colorado Hospital in Cadiac Electrophysiology. I would love to move back to Wyoming to practice once my husband finishes residency in Colorado. Thank you to WICHE for allowing me to pursue my dreams, and serve the people of Wyoming and Colorado. I encourage our legislators to continue to support for this program, especially as tuition for college and grad/professional programs continues to skyrocket and makes pursuing a career in medicine impossible for many. Thank you WICHE!
Sonja Fauchet

What is your home state of residency?: 
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There is no PA school in Wyoming, but WICHE's professional program allowed me to attend PA school at an affordable price at my #1 choice of school. After graduation I practiced in Wyoming for two years in cardiology. I'm now in Denver practicing at the University of Colorado Hospital in cardiac electrophysiology and look forward to returning to Wyoming to practice once my husband finishes residency in Colorado. Thank you to WICHE for allowing me to pursue my dreams, and serve the people of Wyoming and Colorado. I encourage our legislators to continue to support for this program, especially as tuition for college and grad/professional programs continues to skyrocket and makes pursuing a career in medicine impossible for many. Thank you WICHE!

Christopher

PSEP
4
Class of 2016
University of Nevada School of Medicine
School of Medicine

I am immensely grateful for the assistance I have received! Said assistance has allowed me to focus on my studies and has relieved financial burdens that would have required me to consider a different course than the one I have currently chosen. My current plans are to return to my home state of Wyoming and serve as a Family Medicine doctor. Without the WICHE program I would most likely have been steered to a specialty in which I would have sufficient financial compensation to deal with the debt that is out-of-state tuition. I would have been forced to go through multiple lenders in order to finance the four years of medical school.

Christopher Robertson

What is your home state of residency?: 
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I am immensely grateful for the assistance I have received from WICHE's PSEP! It has allowed me to focus on my studies and has relieved financial burdens that would have required me to consider a different career. I plan to return to my home state of Wyoming and practice family medicine. Without Wyoming's participation in PSEP, I probably would have been steered to a more lucrative specialty in order to payback high student debt.

Devin

WRGP
2014
Class of 2018
University of Utah
Audiology

The WRGP program has given me a future. Without it, I would have had to start over with a different career. My graduate program is not available in my home state, and I can't get pursue a career audiology without a doctorate degree. WRGP has given me the opportunity to obtain the necessary education to become an audiologist in another state.

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin
WRGP has given me a future. Without it, I would have had to start over with a different career. There is no graduate program in audiology in my home state of Wyoming, and one can't practice audiology without a doctoral degree. WRGP gave me the opportunity to obtain the necessary education to become an audiologist.

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