Wyoming

Andrew

PSEP (Healthcare)
2012
Class of 2015
A.T. Still University
Physical Therapy

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.

Andrew Ewell

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I am studying physical therapy at A.T. Still University and am enrolled as a WICHE PSEP student. My home state doesn't have a physical therapy program, so 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.

Lauren

WRGP (Graduate Studies)
2011
Class of 2015
University of Utah
Doctorate of Audiology

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!

Lauren Roberts

What is your home state of residency?: 
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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 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 WRGP. Without it, I would not have been able to attend such an outstanding institution or to reach my dream career. Thanks to WICHE, I am able to give the gift of hearing--an intangible experience that won't soon be forgotten!

Chris

PSEP (Healthcare)
2011
Class of 2015
Southern California College of Optometry
Optometry

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!

Chris Loe

What is your home state of residency?: 
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WICHE's 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!

David

PSEP (Healthcare)
2009
Class of 2013
Pacific University, College of Optometry
Optometry

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.

David B.

What is your home state of residency?: 
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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 debt load than most of my classmates. Without the funding, I don't know how I would have completed school. Thank you for the continued support.

Jessica

PSEP (Healthcare)
2011
Class of 2014
University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus
Physician Assistant Studies

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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

What is your home state of residency?: 
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I’m a recipient of WICHE’s PSEP support which provides me with in-state tuition at the University of Colorado’s physician assistant program. Wyoming doesn’t have its own program, so my studies would have been exceedingly expensive without financial assistance from WICHE. I focused my applications for graduate school within the WICHE region 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 makes WICHE an incredible “scholarship”. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity WICHE has provided me.

Charlotte

WRGP (Graduate Studies)
2010
Class of 2012
University of Utah
Doctor of Nursing

After 25 years in the nursing profession something came over me that motivated me to want to pursue a doctorate level education. At the time I made this decision there was no DNP program available in my home state of Wyoming. Without the WICHE program I would not have been able to afford to fulfill this goal. With the current economy, this degree was not an option if I was to have to be responsible for full out of state tuition. I can now offer my patients, colleagues and community a new and improved me! The WICHE program provides an amazing opportunity for those of us in neighboring states to utilize resources without costly duplication of services. Thank you for this opportunity!

Charlotte Mason

What is your home state of residency?: 
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After 25 years in the nursing profession, I became motivated to pursue a doctorate-level education. At the time I made this decision there was no DNP program available in my home state of Wyoming. Without WICHE's WRGP program, I would not have been able to fulfill this goal. Given the poor economy, I couldn't afford DNP studies if I had to pay full out-of-state tuition. Now I can offer my patients, colleagues, and community a "new and improved" me! WRGP provides an amazing opportunity for those of us in the Western states to use existing education resources without costly duplication of programs. Thank you for this opportunity!

Jessica

PSEP (Healthcare)
2011
Class of 2013
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Physician Assistant

The opportunity that the WICHE PSEP program has given me to enter a healthcare program that isn't available in my home state was a huge opportunity! I have been able to study at one of the best Physician Assistant programs in the country and to become a professional that helps improve the wellbeing of the people in my community. I am extremely grateful to the WICHE program for helping me to realize my dream of becoming a well-educated Physician Assistant and I hope that this program continues to give students from the great state of Wyoming a chance to have the same life-changing opportunities that I have experienced through the WICHE PSEP program.

Jessica Martineau

What is your home state of residency?: 
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WICHE's PSEP program gave me the opportunity to enter a healthcare program that isn't available in my home state. I'm studying at one of the best physician assistant programs in the country, and in the future, I'll help improve the wellbeing of the people in my home community. I am extremely grateful to the WICHE program for helping me realize my dream of becoming a skilled physician assistant. I hope the Wyoming legislature will continue to support students through this program, to give them similar life-changing opportunities that this program has given me.

Kyle

PSEP (Healthcare)
2010
Class of 2014
Southern California College of Optometry
Optometry

WICHE is one of the best educational programs offered in the United States. With the raising cost of tuition, housing and everyday expenses, this grant greatly helps those lucky enough to receive it. The total cost of student loans for only four years of optometry school is over $200,000. With WICHE, this helps bring down those costs to an area that will be more manageable to pay back upon graduation. Students greatly need programs like WICHE and I am truly grateful to have received it to help in my educational endeavors and would love to see future health care students receive this for years to come.

Kyle Ryff

What is your home state of residency?: 
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WICHE is one of the best access programs for educating healthcare professionals in the United States. With the rising costs of tuition, housing and other living expenses, the reduced tuition I pay thanks to PSEP is a huge help. The total cost of attendance for four years of optometry school is over $200,000. WICHE support reduces the costs to a much more manageable level. Students really need programs like WICHE; I hope that future healthcare students will have this program available for years to come.

Dr. J. Hazen, O.D.

PSEP (Healthcare)
2008
Class of 2012
Pacific University, College of Optometry

After graduating I returned back to Wyoming with a mountain of student debt and set out to buy a established community practice. My debt to income ratio is high but Not high enough that I wasn't able to secure a loan and accomplish the ultimate goal of any practitioner in having my own practice. If my debt ratio would have been much higher, ergo if WICHE hadn't have helped me avoid private loans, the business loan would not have likely been possible. Not only did this program allow me to attend my first choice school, it allowed me to come back to Wyoming to serve the people of a rural area. Thank you. J.Hazen

What is your home state of residency?: 
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After graduating with my optometry degree, I returned to Wyoming and set out to buy an established community practice. My debt-to-income ratio was high, but fortunately not so high that it precluded me from securing a loan to buy my own practice. Thanks to the State of Wyoming's PSEP support I received in school through WICHE, I was able to avoid private loans. Had I been forced to take those private loans, my debt ratio would have been much higher and my business loan would not have been possible. PSEP allowed me to attend my first choice school and come back to Wyoming to serve the people in a rural area. Thank you!

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