Since I started my undergraduate career I've always known I want to practice medicine. Once I decided that I was going to apply to Physician Assistant programs I was excited to discover the WICHE PSEP. Through the PSEP I am able to attend school at Idaho State University at a reasonable cost while attaining my ultimate educational goal. I would like to thank the state of Wyoming for participating in this program that has had such a positive influence on my life. I would be proud to return to my home state to work and serve my community after all of the support it has given me.
I am from Wyoming, which does not have a medical school or a physician assistant program. WICHE's PSEP program has allowed me to attend a physician assistant program at a much more reasonable price than I would be able to find anywhere else. Since I will graduate with fewer student loans I am much more inclined to return to Wyoming and practice in primary care. I was also fortunate enough to receive the WUE scholarship while attaining my undergraduate degree at the University of New Mexico. It was a wonderful experience to attend college outside of Wyoming and experience new opportunities. At UNM I was able to prepare for my medical career through the medical school there better than I would have been able to in Wyoming. Without WICHE's WUE and PSEP programs I may not be where I am today because I would have had to attend the University of Wyoming and may not have been able to afford physician assistant school. I am so grateful for this program and the outstanding opportunities it provides to students. Bailey Snyder Physician Assistant Student
WICHE's PSEP program makes it financially possible for my husband and I to get by on one salary as I pursue my Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. This great program provides student's a more affordable option to pursue degrees not offered in their home states. I am very grateful for the support of this program! Cortney Connolly
I am studying physical therapy at A.T Still University and am enrolled as a WICHE PSEP student. My home state did not have a physical therapy program, so WICHE's PSEP was the only affordable option. It has given me the opportunity of a lifetime to study what I love at a reduced cost. I encourage our legislators to continue support for this valuable program. Thank you Wyoming, for allowing me to pursue such a valuable degree and career that will allow me to fulfill my dreams of helping people increase their quality of life.
Thanks to the WRGP program, I was able to accept a spot for the clinical doctorate of audiology (Au.D.) program at the University of Utah. With no Au.D. program in Wyoming, attending an out-of-state university was my only option in hopes of pursuing my education to become an Audiologist. The University of Utah was my top choice due to its unique clinical training opportunities, excellent reputation, and nationally recognized medical and health science graduate programs. I am forever thankful to the WRGP program, for without it, I would not have been able to attend such an outstanding institution or to reach my dream of becoming an Audiologist. Thanks to you, I am able to give the gift of hearing, an intangible experience that won't soon be forgotten!
The WICHE PSEP program has given me the opportunity to pursue a career in optometry while keeping my debt at a manageable level. Without the assistance of this program, my private practice aspirations would undoubtedly be put on hold for many years after graduating. This program is an incredible support for students and I am sincerely grateful!
With the support from WICHE PSEP I was able to attend and fulfill my dream of becoming an optometrist. I will graduate this spring with a much lower loan than most of my classmates and without the funding, I don't know how I would have completed school. Thank you for the continued support.
I am a recipient of the WICHE PSEP, which provides me with in-state tuition cost at the University of Colorado, Child Health Associate/ Physician Assistant program (CHA/PA). I am a resident of Wyoming, which does not have a Physician Assistant program, so had no choice but to attend an out-of-state program in order to pursue my vision. This would have been an exceedingly expensive endeavor without financial assistance from WICHE, as scholarships are not readily available for this area of study, such as were available for my undergraduate degree at the University of Wyoming.
In Colorado, you can apply for residency after living in the state for 1 year, and at that time qualify for in-state tuition rates. That said, it is a time-consuming, and tedious process just to apply for residency, and I have not heard anything good about the process. For me, WICHE is the best option, because I got in-state tuition my FIRST year of school, and will continue to receive it as long as I maintain my residency in Wyoming. I am very happy to preserve my residency in Wyoming, as I would like to return there, more likely than not, upon graduating. WICHE has helped me save many steps in not only funding my education, but also in easing the process of establishing a career down the road.
Having the responsibility of funding my own education would have been a challenge for me as a single college student, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity WICHE has provided me. I focused my applications for graduate school within WICHE territory because I knew it was the only way I could fund my post-graduate studies, and I was not let down. Without this program I would have paid over twice as much for my entire first year (over 50 credit hours) of school in Colorado, which to me makes WICHE an incredible “scholarship”.
Jessica R Platt, PA-S2
University of Colorado Denver
Anschutz Medical Campus, CHAPA Program