I hope the new academic year is off to a great start for everyone on campus. It’s always invigorating when the students return and the pace picks up.
I want to inform you about a major new initiative we are rolling out that is aimed at making attending UW-Stout even more affordable. Under the Blue Devil Guarantee program, any freshman who enrolls and meets certain GPA and ACT/SAT standards will be eligible for scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. The scholarships are renewable for a second year as well.
Even though the economy continues to improve, we are well aware that some students find they cannot afford a UW-Stout education or graduate with too much debt. While this program isn’t a panacea, I’m convinced that it will play a significant role in helping students attend UW-Stout.
We also hope that a byproduct of this scholarship program will be aiding our efforts to increase enrollment.
I want to thank everyone who worked so hard in putting this program together and ensuring that our prospective students are aware of what we are offering. A news release about the program is available here. More details are available here.
Please attend Pathways Forward events Friday
I also want to remind everyone about a major event for the Stout University Foundation on Friday. We are rolling out the public phase of our Pathways Forward comprehensive campaign, and we want to invite the campus to join the celebration.
We will be kicking the day off with tours and demonstrations across campus from 1 to 4 p.m. This is a great opportunity for you to see what others are doing to improve the student experience on campus. A map with locations and times can be found here.
Our kickoff opening address and celebration will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Harvey Hall Theatre, with appetizers, beverages and music to follow.
I hope you can be part of this historic time for UW-Stout.