Oregon

John White, Program Director, School of Occupational Therapy

WICHE state where your program is located:: 
Program Director
Program: 
PSEP (Professional Healthcare Studies)
Name of institution that participates in WICHE's program: 
Pacific University

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.

Macaulay

WUE (Undergraduate)
2011
Class of 2012
lCSC Lewiston Idaho
Collision Repair

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.

Macaulay Hankins

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

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). That's increasing my grades and improving my college education.

Sandra

WRGP (Graduate Studies)
2011
Class of 2013
University of Utah
Occupational Therapy Post Professional Doctorate

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.

Sandra Pelham-Foster

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

As a working professional who has already spent a great deal of money to attain a master's 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. The WRGP reduced tuition rate has made it financially achievable. I had been searching for the right opportunity for three years, and WRGP tipped the scales for me to do this right now in order to move ahead in my career. WRGP is an incredibly valuable program that makes it possible for students like me, who fund their own education, to return to university. Without it I would not have been able to fulfill my plans to obtain my doctorate.

Jacob

WUE (Undergraduate)
2010
Class of 2014
Lewis-Clark State College
Elementary Education

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.

Jacob Micka

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

WUE allowed me to attend school without racking up extreme student loans. After graduating from high school, I received a scholarship for $2,000 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 expenses related to that, they had no money to help me or my brothers with college. The other schools I was looking at in Oregon were too expensive, unless I was going to take out tons of student loans. Lewis-Clark State College looked like a great choice for the price, plus it was highly recommended by my aunt, who had gone there; the only problem with LCSC was the out-of-state fees. Applying through WUE meant I didn't have to pay most of those fees. Without WUE I either might not have gone to college at all or dropped out shortly after starting. WUE 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 and wouldn't be able to go to school without WUE, one being my little brother, Jared. I hope that my story and the stories of others will affect any decisions made about WUE.

Jesse

WUE (Undergraduate)
2010
Class of 2014
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Computer Science

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.

Jesse Crawford

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

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 U.S. than I grew up in.

Malinda

WUE (Undergraduate)
2011
Class of 2015
Lewis Clark State College
Paralegal

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.

Malinda Tienhaara

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

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 studies. Lewis Clark State College did, but the out-of-state tuition is rather high. WUE cuts the tuition way down, which definitively helps. It has always been my dream to study law, so I am going for a four-year degree in paralegal, with a minor in pre-law.

Kevin

WUE (Undergraduate)
2011
Class of 2015
University of Utah
Mechanical Engineering

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.

Kevin Lund

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

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.

Natasha

WRGP (Graduate Studies)
2011
Class of 2013
University of Utah, Gerontology
Gerontology

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

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

With WRGP's 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 the path of 'higher learning' easier.

Sarah

WUE (Undergraduate)
2009
Class of 2013
Colorado State University
Liberal Arts

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.

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

WUE has gifted me with independence, wisdom, and happiness, and I will be forever grateful 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) could not afford out-of-state tuition. WUE was the sole factor that flew me over the Rocky Mountains to attend my dream university and provided the opportunity to experience life. My time in Colorado has opened my eyes to the world and changed my fuzzy academic path into a distinct and inspired highway to success. I have WUE to thank for that!

Shanna

WRGP (Graduate Studies)
2008
Class of 2009
Colorado State University
Integrated Resource Management, Agricultural Science

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

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

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.

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