For many years WICHE has supported over 10% of our graduate occupational therapy students to gain their OT degrees and practice credentials. The program has enabled students who may otherwise not been able to afford graduate study to advance their careers and address society's health needs for higher quality and more independent living. WICHE has funded students who have enhanced the diversity of our student body and thus strengthened our program and profession to provide effective services to a wider variety of clients.
The WUE has helped me be able to attend a second year of college with less stress because I no longer work full time just part time in the end increasing my grades and improving my college education.
As a working professional who has already spent a great deal of money to attain a masters degree I was hesitant to build up more debt at this time in my career. I chose to complete my Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at University of Utah with the assistance of the WICHE program as it made this a financially achievable goal. I have been searching for the right opportunity for three years and the availability of WICHE assistance tipped the scales for me to do this right now in order to move ahead in my career. This is an incredibly valuable program making it possible for students like me who fund their own education to return to university to continue my education. Without this program I would not have been able to fulfill my plans to obtain my doctorate.
The main thing that the WUE did for me was to allow me to attend school without racking up extreme student loans. After graduating from high school I received a scholarship for $2000 a year for four years, but aside from that I was on my own. My parents got divorced when I was young and because of going to court over and over trying to receive custody of my brothers and I, they had no money to help us with college. The other schools I was looking at in Oregon were still too expensive for me, unless I was going to take out tons of student loans just to get by. Lewis-Clark State College looked to be a great choice for price, plus it was highly recommended by my aunt who had gone their; however, the only problem with LCSC was the out of state fees. The WUE took care of most of those fees, and made it so that I could attend school. Without the WUE, I either might not have gone to school at all, or dropped out shortly after starting. The WUE has made it so that I can work hard in the summers and during the school year and keep my student loans to a minimum. I know of several other people who are in a similar position of mine, and wouldn't be able to go to school without the WUE -- one being my little brother Jared Micka. I hope that my story and the stories of others will affect the decision made about the WUE.
I'm interested in computer security and information assurance, a field vital to our continued national security. No universities in my home state of Oregon offer a strong program in information assurance, so WUE allowed me to attend one of the leading universities in the field in New Mexico. Not only am I able to attend one of few universities certified by the National Security Administration as a Center for Academic Excellence in both information security education and research, I'm living in a vastly different part of the US than I grew up in.
The WUE has helped me to attend the college that I wanted to in order to get the degree I want. Many colleges in Oregon do not have Paralegal, and LCSC did. However, the out of state tuition is rather high. But it has been a huge help to have the WUE for paying for my college education. It cuts the tuition way down, which definitively helps me to attend this college.
It has always been my dream to study Law, so I am going for a 4 year degree in Paralegal, with a minor in Pre-Law at Lewis Clark State College.
Without WUE, I wouldn't be going to school in Utah. Period. The money that WUE has saved my family has allowed me to attend the University of Utah for my first semester and will continue to allow me to do so for the next three and a half years. The Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Utah is fantastic and I wouldn't have been able to receive the same education I am now, while living in such a desirable state.
We all know that student debt is a big burden in the United States and at the same time an education is so very valuable to us as individuals, communities and as a nation. With my WRGP support, I made a career change and am now studying gerontology: the psychological, social, economic, political, and biological aspects of aging from an interdisciplinary perspective. Our population is aging, so I feel honored to be able to learn about and contribute to this dynamic field. Thanks to the gift of resident tuition, I'm getting the chance to explore a beautiful new state as a "guest," and to study at a top-notch university. Why make education difficult or inaccessible and ever-so-challenging to pay back? I am glad WRGP was, and continues to be, there for me. Thank you WRGP for making easier the path of "higher learning." Thank you, WRGP. I am very grateful to this program.
Natasha Spoden L
For the last two years WUE has gifted me with independence, wisdom, and happiness, and I will be wholly gracious for the rest of my life. WUE took me to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University. It was no more than a fantasy when I applied: I knew my family (with four students) and I could not afford out-of-state tuition. WUE was the sole influence that flew me over the Rocky Mountains to attend my dream university and provided the opportunity to experience life. My time in Colorado opened my eyes to the world and changed my fuzzy academic path into a distinct and inspired highway to success. I have discovered passion and inspiration and I have WUE to thank for that.
I decided late in the summer to apply for CSU's IRM program and then realized the cost of grad school out of state. WICHE was the only way to go! Without the help from the program, it would have been extremely difficult to move to Colorado and go to graduate school. I was able to get through the tough financial time and become an extension educator.
S. SmithUniversity of Idaho Extension