Wyoming

Sarah

PSEP (Healthcare)
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 (Healthcare)
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 (Healthcare)
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.

Megan

PSEP (Healthcare)
2017
Class of 2021
Colorado State University
Veterinary Medicine

<div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: -apple-system, HelveticaNeue; font-size: 16px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); direction: ltr;">When I was making the complicated decision to leave my current career as a nurse and become a veterinarian, the financial aspect was one of largest looming apprehensions in my mind. What would it mean for my family and our future to accrue several thousand dollars in debt to pursue my dream? Since Wyoming does not have a veterinary school of their own, I was looking at out-of-state tuition, which at least doubles, and in some cases triples, the cost of veterinary school. Of the schools in the WICHE program, CSU aligned most closely with what I wanted in a school. They work hard to develop a team mentality in their students and professors, the academics are world-renowned, and we have access to some of the most brilliant minds of our time. It quickly became my dream school!</div>

<div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: -apple-system, HelveticaNeue; font-size: 16px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); direction: ltr;">Without the WICHE program, and the support of the state of Wyoming, my dream of being a graduate of the CSU College of Veterinary Medicine would have been dampened by the tremendous debt load caused by out-of-state tuition. While I will still graduate with a good amount of student loans, that amount was cut in half by the WICHE program. Because of this, I am able to look at my future, and the future of my family, with hope and excitement instead of feeling crippled by overwhelming debt. I can look at a variety of areas of veterinary medicine, without having to focus on where I can make the most money to pay off student loans. At this point, I am look at pursuing a career in rural veterinary medicine.&nbsp;</div>

<div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: -apple-system, HelveticaNeue; font-size: 16px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); direction: ltr;">I am incredibly grateful to the people of Wyoming for this scholarship and hope to make you all proud as I pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian!&nbsp;</div>

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When I was making the complicated decision to leave my career as a nurse and become a veterinarian, the financial aspect was one of largest looming apprehensions in my mind. What would it mean for my family and our future to accrue thousands of dollars in debt to pursue my dream? Since Wyoming does not have a veterinary school, I was looking at out-of-state tuition, which at least doubles, and in some cases triples, the cost of veterinary school. Of the schools in the WICHE program, CSU aligned most closely with what I wanted in a school. They work hard to develop a team mentality in their students and professors, the academics are world-renowned, and we have access to some of the most brilliant minds of our time. It quickly became my dream school! Without WICHE's Professional Student Exchange Program and the support of the state of Wyoming, my dream of being a graduate of the CSU College of Veterinary Medicine would have been dampened by the tremendous debt load caused by out-of-state tuition. While I will still graduate with student loans, that amount was cut in half by the WICHE program. Because of this, I am able to look at my future, and the future of my family, with hope and excitement instead of feeling crippled by overwhelming debt. I can look at a variety of areas of veterinary medicine without having to focus on where I can make the most money to pay off student loans. At this point, I am planning to pursue a career in rural veterinary medicine. I am incredibly grateful to the people of Wyoming for this scholarship and hope to make you all proud as I pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian! 

Tyler

PSEP (Healthcare)
2017
Class of 2020
University of North Dakota
Physical Therapy

<p>The WICHE PSEP program has allowed me to get my education at an affordable price while experiencing a different part of the country. Once I complete my education at a highly recognized&nbsp;institution, I can take my services back to rural Wyoming where healthcare professionals are needed.&nbsp;Without the WICHE&nbsp;PSEP&nbsp;program, my financial obligations to attend school and become a Physical Therapist&nbsp;would have been much more stressful. I appreciate this invaluable program and all that it stands for.</p>

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Without the WICHE PSEP program, my financial obligations to attend school and become a physical therapist would have been much more stressful. I appreciate this invaluable program.

Mitchell

PSEP (Healthcare)
2017
Class of 2019
Idaho State University
Physician Assistant

<p>I am earning my master&#39;s from Idaho State University in physician assistant (PA) studies through&nbsp;WICHE&#39;s&nbsp;PSEP.&nbsp; My home state, Wyoming, does not have a PA program.&nbsp;The PSEP&nbsp;has allowed me to attend ISU at almost the same price as an Idaho resident.&nbsp; Graduate school is a substantial financial burden in itself; the out-of-state tuition assistance from PSEP&nbsp;alleviated my need for taking out even more student loans.&nbsp; This has significantly decreased the stress associated with graduate school and has allowed me to focus on my studies.&nbsp; Thank you WICHE and Wyoming for allowing me to&nbsp;pursue&nbsp;my dreams and return to the state I love to serve it&#39;s residents.</p>

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<p>Mitchell Mayfield</p>

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PSEP has allowed me to attend ISU at almost the same price as an Idaho resident. This has significantly decreased the stress associated with graduate school and has allowed me to focus on my studies. Thank you, WICHE and Wyoming, for allowing me to pursue my dreams and return to the state I love to serve its residents.

Shenae

WRGP (Graduate Studies)
2017
Class of 2020
University of North Dakota
Physical Therapy

<p>The WICHE&nbsp;program has helped me to follow my lifelong goal of becoming a physical therapist. The program gives students the financial opportunity to pursue a degree that their home state does not offer. This financial help has expanded my connections with being in a different state while still keeping my connections in Wyoming. I am excited to see where the University of North Dakota takes me and I cannot wait to return to my home state to join the physical therapy team.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Shenae LaCroix</p>

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PSEP has helped me to follow my lifelong goal of becoming a physical therapist. I am excited to see where the University of North Dakota takes me, and I cannot wait to return to my home state to join the physical therapy team.

Amber

PSEP (Healthcare)
2016
Class of 2020
Washington State University
Veterinary Medicine

<p>I am studying veterinary medicine at Washington State University and have been enrolled as a WICHE PSEP student since I began vet school last year.&nbsp; My home state of Wyoming doesn&#39;t have a veterinary institution, but through the WICHE program I was able to apply to some of the top-ranked veterinary schools while being offered some financial&nbsp;relief.&nbsp; Being accepted as a WICHE&nbsp;candidate alleviated some of the financial strain I was already under by being a Type 1 diabetic and attempting to chase my DVM&nbsp;certificate.&nbsp; I encourage the continued support of this program as without it I would have had to choose between my health and my dreams.&nbsp; Thank you, Wyoming, for allowing a small town girl to work towards big dreams!</p>

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<p>Amber C</p>

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Being accepted as a PSEP candidate alleviated some of the financial strain I was under. I encourage the continued support of this program as without it I would have had to choose between my health and my dreams. Thank you, Wyoming, for allowing a small town girl to work toward big dreams!

James

PSEP (Healthcare)
2016
Class of 2019
Eastern Washington University
Physical Therapy

<p>With Wyoming not having a Doctorate of Physical Therapy program, I was stuck looking out-of-state for a program that would fit my needs. WICHE PSEP has allowed me to go right into school without an increased worry about out-of-state tuition. Also, schools within the WICHE&nbsp;PSEP&nbsp;program have very good connections, which made it easier to talk to my pre-professional advisor about good places for me to apply. For those that are planning on going back to your state of residence after school, this is a great program for you.&nbsp;</p>

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<p>James Ottman</p>

What is your home state of residency?: 
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WICHE PSEP has allowed me to go into school without an increased worry about out-of-state tuition. Also, schools within the program have very good connections, which made it easier to talk to my pre-professional advisor about good places for me to apply. For those that are planning on going back to your state of residence after school, this is a great program for you.

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