Wyoming

Olivia

WUE (Undergraduate)
2009
Class of 2013
Colorado State University
Food Science and Nutrition and Spanish Minor

WUE is helping me to achieve not just my academic goals but it has also allowed me to follow and further develop my life long dreams. Without this financial assistance to attend Colorado State University there is no doubt that I would not have been able to major in Nutrition and have access to all of the wonderful resources this community gives its students. I am so grateful for all this program has offered me! I am meeting some of the most motivated and talented people here at school, shaping me into the person I'm going to be someday. I hope to bring my knowledge to my home state soon, in gratefulness of such a valuable program.

Olivia Kirven

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

WUE’s helping me to achieve my academic goals and follow my life-long dreams. Without it, I would not have been able to major in nutrition and have access to all of the wonderful resources this community gives its students. I look forward to taking my knowledge back to my home state when I graduate, in gratitude of all that WUE has given me.

Summer

PSEP (Healthcare)
2008
Class of 2012
Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine

There are not words to express my appreciation to the state of Wyoming and the WICHE program. I grew up on a ranch in Wyoming and have always wanted to live and work in a rural community in my home state. Through this program I was able to pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian and I will be able to return to Wyoming. Without the WICHE program students like me would not be able to return to rural communities. We would be forced to take employment in larger cities to be able to pay off our student debt. In addition, there are a limited number of veterinary colleges especially in the west. This is a great program for all ambitious young men and women who do not have professional schools in their home state.

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

Words aren’t enough to express my appreciation to the State of Wyoming and WICHE! I grew up on a ranch in Wyoming and have always wanted to live and work in a rural community. Thanks to PSEP, I was able to pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian and I will be able to return to Wyoming. Without PSEP, students like me could not afford to return to their rural communities. Rather, we’d be forced to take employment in larger cities where earnings are higher, so that we could pay off our student debt. PSEP is a lifesaver for students who don’t have professional schools in their home state.

Brian

PSEP (Healthcare)
2008
Class of 2011
Eastern Washington University, Department of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy

Since there is no physical therapy program in my home state of Wyoming, WICHE's PSEP program was the only option for me that didn't involve crippling amounts of student loans. Because of WICHE, I was able to chose from several excellent, but otherwise unaffordable schools. I am now finishing physical therapy school and will soon go back to Wyoming to begin practicing. Thanks to WICHE, I am the first member of my family to graduate from college.

Brian A.

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

Since there is no physical therapy program in my home state of Wyoming, WICHE's PSEP program was the only option for me that didn't involve crippling amounts of student loans. Thanks to WICHE PSEP’s extensive network of cooperating programs, I was able to choose from several excellent but otherwise unaffordable schools. Soon I’ll be graduating and will go back to Wyoming to practice. Thanks to WICHE, I am the first member of my family to graduate from college.

Kent

PSEP (Healthcare)
2007
Class of 2010
Eastern Washington University
Physical Therapy

Briefly, PSEP has reduced my debt load. Having to go out of state typically means higher tuition, but PSEP saved me about $10k a year, for which I am grateful. As a 50-year-old, I will have much less time to pay off my loans and save for retirement, so every bit helps.
Kent L.

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

In brief, PSEP has reduced my debt load. Having to go out of state typically means higher tuition, but PSEP saved me about $10K a year, for which I am grateful. As a 50-year-old, I will have much less time to pay off my loans and save for retirement, so every bit helps. Thank you!

Ashlee

PSEP (Healthcare)
2010
Class of 2013
University of Utah, Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy

PSEP has allowed me to pursue the dream of becoming of physical therapist by providing me with a scholarship to put toward tuition and living costs. Without PSEP, I may not have been able to attend the school I desired, or receive the education that I value so much. With the help of WICHE and PSEP I will become the therapist I have the potential to become.
Ashlee Lansang

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

WICHE’s PSEP has allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming of physical therapist by providing me with reduced tuition. Without it, I may not have been able to attend the University of Utah’s program, nor receive the education that I value so much. Thanks to WICHE’s PSEP and the State of Wyoming, I’ll be able to serve others and achieve my professional potential.

Dani

PSEP (Healthcare)
2007
Class of 2011
Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

I can not express enough gratitude for the WICHE program. My home state of Wyoming did not offer a degree in Veterinary Medicine. With the funding from WICHE, I was able to choose between the best schools in the nation for the same cost as in state tuition. I am able to pursue my dream of small animal private practice, and to do so without an unrealistic amount of debt. Thank you Wyoming, and WICHE for your support!
-Dani H.

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

I cannot express enough gratitude for the WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program. My home state of Wyoming did not offer a professional degree in veterinary medicine. With PSEP support, I was able to choose from the best schools in the nation and pay in-state tuition. I am able to pursue my dream of small animal private practice, and do so without an unrealistic amount of student debt. Thank you Wyoming and WICHE for your support!

Amanda

PSEP (Healthcare)
2007
Class of 2011
Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

I am so appreciative of my chance to participate in the WRGP program in order to acheive my DVM degree. WICHE was definitely crucial in making my dream of becoming a veterinarian possible and allowed me to focus more on my education than the finacial costs. Continued support of this program in the future will allow many talented students to pursue their career goals and produce dedicated professionals in critical fields that Wyoming and the other WICHE states need. Thank you to WICHE for allowing me this opportunity!

Amanda Marsh

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

I am so appreciative of my chance to enroll through WICHE’s PSEP to achieve my degree in veterinary medicine. The program played a crucial role in making my dream of becoming a veterinarian possible; it allows me to focus on my education instead of the high financial costs. Continued support of PSEP will allow many talented students to pursue their career goals and produce dedicated professionals in critical fields that Wyoming and the other WICHE states need. Thank you to WICHE and Wyoming for giving me this opportunity!

Danielle

PSEP (Healthcare)
2007
Class of 2011
Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine

I am very grateful for the WICHE program. I would never have been able to come to veterinary school without this wonderful program. It has allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian and starting a family, as I got married and was blessed with a baby boy while in vet school. Thank you WICHE and the great state of Wyoming for providing this amazing program to help out people like me.

Danielle MacDonald

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

I am very grateful for WICHE’s Professional Student Exchange Program. I would never have been able to enroll in veterinary school without this wonderful program. It has allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian and start a family, as I got married and was blessed with a baby boy while in vet school. Thank you WICHE, and the great State of Wyoming, for supporting this amazing program to help out people like me.

Dr. Kaila Osmotherly, OD

PSEP (Healthcare)
2006
Class of 2010
Pacific University, College of Optometry
Optometry

Kaila M. Osmotherly, O.D.
Northeastern State University
Oklahoma College of Optometry
Family Practice Residency
307.575.0032
Please let me begin by saying: I love being an optometrist, however there is an obvious price associated with professional school. My recent exit counseling for my student loans informed me the average amount owed by an optometry student is around $130,000. With that kind of debt, it is easy to make the argument that funds from a program like WICHE are a few drops in the proverbial bucket. As a recipient of WICHE, I can say that the support absolutely makes a difference and would like to share how it has helped shape my story.
I had my first eye exam at the age of 7 in the small town of Hay Springs, Nebraska, population around 700. I can’t say I knew in that moment optometry would become one of my life’s passions, but I do remember what it was like to slip on my first pair of glasses, feel the heat behind my ears from the newly adjusted frame, and be able to see clearly for the first time. As much as I would like to believe my “trip to the eye doctor” story is unique, after being in this field and seeing the same reaction from children and adults daily, I know I’m one of the millions of people in this country who benefit from access to ocular health care.
I do believe access is the key to successful health care and I have experienced firsthand what it is like to have patients who continually miss their appointments even though they have a sight threatening disease because they can’t afford the fuel to drive to the clinic. This frustration has only confirmed my desire to practice in an underserved population. It is this desire that led me to pursue an advanced training one-year residency program in rural Oklahoma.
There are many pros and cons when choosing to pursue a residency program; for me, the pros of knowing that I will be able to effectively manage and treat complex ocular conditions in a rural setting where I may not have the luxury of a specialist down the road, far outweighs the con of a significant decrease in potential income the first year out of school. However, I know that for many of my classmates, residency was not considered an option due to the heavy burden felt by overwhelming student loans.
I am incredibly thankful for the WICHE program. Not only do I feel like the direct reduction in student debt enables me to reach out to an underserved population, but the indirect peace of mind of knowing I can take this time to become a better clinician is an investment I know all my future patients will benefit from. WICHE is one of the reasons I am where I am today, doing what I love, practicing the art and science of optometry. Dr. Kaila Osmotherly, (WY) 2010 grad, PACU OPT

What is your home state of residency?: 
admin

My counselor for my recent student exit interview informed me that the average optometry graduate owes around $130,000 in student loans! As a WICHE recipient, I can say that the support absolutely makes a difference. The WICHE PSEP support I receive from the State of Wyoming reduced my debt load and has allowed me the opportunity to pursue a one-year residency program in Oklahoma. With the advanced skills I’m learning, I’ll be qualified to treat more complex ocular conditions when I establish my practice in a rural area.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Wyoming