Even so, there are thousands of students every day on the Western Oregon University campus who have signed on for this challenge. Clearly, they believe in the promise that a college degree is the road to opportunity. So they work, go to class, study and repeat this over and over until their dream becomes reality.
Over half of today's WOU students work in the summer and during the school year to help pay for tuition and expenses. And still, 60% of WOU graduates have loan debt; the average amount is nearly $20,000, more than twice the $9,000 national average for credit card debt.
Private scholarships help to reduce this loan burden. And they do much more. They make it possible for students to spend fewers hours working and more hours studying.
They say, I believe in the promise too, and I support what you're doing.
Your contributions in support of scholarships absolutely make a difference. They are the things of dreams for our students.