University of West Alabama | http://www.uwa.edu/ |
Published in the May/June 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
A couple of years back, the University of West Alabama (UWA) decided it wanted to give more to the men and women of the U.S. military. So it launched a military scholarship program in January 2011.
“We wanted to show our appreciation to the military for all of the sacrifices they make for our country,” said Dr. Martha Hocutt, who is Dean, Division of Online Programs, at the university. “So we created this program to help them go to school as inexpensively as possible. It’s really a tremendous opportunity for the men and women in uniform that we are extremely proud of.”
The Division of Online Programs offers more than 30 graduate level degrees in areas such as Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, Counseling, Library Media, Instructional Leadership, Teacher Leader and Special Education.
The Military Scholarship Program is available for active military, reservists, and members of the National Guard who take online classes. Active military members enrolled in the baccalaureate degree programs offered through the College of Business and College of Education will be awarded scholarship amounts that, coupled with the Military Tuition Assistance Program, could cover up to 100 percent of undergraduate tuition. Coupled with tuition assistance, active military members pursuing a master’s or education specialist degree through UWA Online may qualify to have up to 75 percent of graduate tuition covered.
The University of West Alabama is a state-supported, coeducational institution. The university provides opportunities for students to pursue associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees in liberal arts, natural sciences, and mathematics, pre-professional programs, nursing, technology, business, and education.
The University of West Alabama began offering online programs in the fall of 2002. Currently, over 2,500 students are enrolled in online courses, 90 percent of those in graduate level degree programs. UWA Online offers 30 graduate programs and five undergraduate degrees completely online. “We work hard to make sure the online students feel like they are part of the university,” Hocutt said. “For example, we provide counseling to all of our students, not just those at the campus. So if an online student would like to talk to a counselor that can be arranged through Skype or other means. We want to know who our students are and give them what they need.”