FACT: Over 44 million Americans currently owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. (Ouch. That’s roughly $620 billion more than the total US credit card debt.)
Western is a terrific educational value with tuition at $6,500 per year. But it isn’t cheap considering living costs which raise the total annual expense to more than $20,000. Driving up the nation’s student loan debt doesn’t make sense. Offering students multi-year scholarships to offset the cost of education does. Need-based scholarships open the university door for aspiring students, keep them from checking out before they achieve their degree, and help them just say no to staggering debt.
FACT: College graduation rates for low-income and minority students are 20 percentage points lower than the rest of the population. (Not kidding. We think it is a moral imperative to change that.)
College completion rates vary significantly along socio-economic lines. Historically marginalized communities have always suffered the most. Researchers call that the Opportunity Gap. We intend to change history by closing the gap. President’s scholarships are awesome four-year awards to high-achieving students from underserved populations who desire to Make Waves at Western…and beyond.
“My life has been filled with adversity but more than that it has been filled with beauty and love. I have been believed in when I did not believe in myself. I have been taught that education for many is a path that can save a life. It has saved mine. It is vital that my donors know that the opportunity they have given me is one that is fueling a future. Because of my multi-year scholarship I get to continue an education in a place I love so that one day I can give back to those who have given so much to me.”Mikayla Swanson
FACT: Globalization is changing how we live and work, and employers are increasingly looking for skilled workers who have cross-cultural experience and understanding. (Yep. We are definitely not in Kansas anymore.)
As the world rapidly becomes more globalized, employers are looking for employees with a both hard and soft skills to keep pace with the world. Consider the changing dynamics: The E7 countries (China, India, Brazil, Russia, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey) are rapidly gaining on G7 countries (the U.S., UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan) when measured by GDP. As things get more globally competitive, knowledge and experience is key. Studying abroad for a few weeks, or a full quarter, provides experiential learning situations that teach students to adapt to changing circumstances while learning in cross-cultural settings. They say the great ones learn to adjust. We think that’s true.
“Being abroad as a student of color gave me a chance to expand my views and find challenges outside the university setting, all with the support of donors like you. Going abroad allows students like me to think about our place on the global stage. With the grants and scholarships that assisted me, I was able to gain a global perspective.”Gabriel Alejandro Ibañez
FACT: Summer research experiences enhance intellectual skills like inquiry and analysis, reading and understanding primary literature, communication, and teamwork. (Check. And it sure beats working at the gas station.)
Western undergraduates have research opportunities that just aren’t available to students at the big schools. Our students have the chance to immerse themselves in their field of study while working alongside their faculty principal investigator, and other students. This kind of summer work is a huge jumpstart on an eventual career, or admission to graduate school. Supporting student research allows us to pay a stipend to students for the hours they spend researching, usually over a ten week period. It’s the best summer job there is.
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“Because of my research experience as an undergraduate at Western, I was hired right after graduation and am now working on life-saving drugs that could treat some of the most vexing pediatric cancers. I meet the children who are carrying the very cancer I have in a petri dish back in the lab and take a hands-on multidimensional approach
to help cure them.”Lauren Hoffmann