Archive for May 27th, 2011

Last-minute drive underway for scholarship matching funds

CUYAMACA COLLEGE (Press Release) – After several years as a stay-at-home mom with three young children, Vicki Watkins faced the prospect of going back to work after a marital split.

She struggled at first to make ends meet with a near-minimum-wage job as a retail clerk, and then decided with some trepidation to return to school. At Cuyamaca College, she found the support she needed – an on-campus job and financial aid, including a $1,000 Osher scholarship, made possible by donations and matching dollars from the Bernard Osher Foundation.

“I am not sure where I would be in my life right now if I wouldn’t have met such caring and encouraging people that I have met here at Cuyamaca,” said Watkins, who will be graduating in June and transferring to San Diego State University in the fall as an accounting major. “Being that I am a single mother of three children, the Osher scholarship has helped relieve some of my financial hardship that I have faced by returning to school. It has also helped bring my family closer together by having the extra money to do the little things that make my kids smile.”

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Undergraduate enrollments soared last decade

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USANN4)–Undergraduate enrollments jumped by more than a third in the first decade of the 21st century.   That’s according to a new report by the National Center for Education Statistics.   The federal report says the biggest growth occurred at for-profit colleges.

It was the fastest decade of growth since the 1970s.   For-profit colleges enrolled nine percent of undergraduates in 2009, up from three percent in 2000.

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