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EDUCATION: Scholarship is in name only

Letter by Marsha E. Tolson, Puyallup on June 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm | 8 Comments »
June 30, 2011 2:30 pm

Recently the WAVE Scholarship was awarded to three applicants per Washington state legislative district. The applicants were promised up to two years of educational benefits while attending state colleges.

My husband, James, is one of these winners from District 25, and we are honored. However, we are also very saddened that his scholarship will not be funded. This year’s “winners” win no monetary award whatsoever; they get the honor of putting this win on their résumé, a letter from their district representatives (received), and a certificate from our governor (not received).

He has applied to the University of Washington Tacoma for fall admission and still has not gotten the results of his application 10 weeks after the deadline has passed. Now with the 20 percent tuition increase, we are certain that we can no longer afford to fund him even if he were admitted.

We are also very concerned that even with his outstanding collegiate credentials he may not be admitted because of the UW looking for out-of-state students who pay even more in tuition.

It is a sorry, sorry state of affairs that our state college system is in and continues to face. Maybe the state colleges where the WAVE Scholarship winners apply could consider admitting and subsidizing their tuition and fees? Just a thought.

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