The Best Schools Online Scholarship Winners Fall 2016!

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The staff at congratulates three new recipients of $1,000 Online College Scholarships: Maryann Coberly, Jessica Fellers, Sherri Tibbetts (Fall of 2016). We selected these winners from approximately 200 applications we received from across the country.

Our panel of judges selected Maryann, Jessica, and Sherri mainly on their compelling essay on the subject: "How My Online Degree Can Help Me Achieve My Career Goals." The scholarship winners also exceed the scholarship requirement of having a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.

We realize online learning students have a need for scholarship money---many of them are working adults seeking to cover their monthly expenses., on a yearly basis, provides $6,000 worth of scholarships ($1,000 per student) to six impressive students enrolled in an online learning degree program.

Winners of $1,000 Online College Scholarships

Maryann CoberlyCapella University

Maryann is working toward a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Maryann Coberly, 2016 TBS Scholarship winnerMaryann's response to winning the scholarship: “Oh my goodness I am so elated right now you have no clue. Thank you so much and also thank the scholarship committee for choosing my entry. I am jumping up and down like a child right now lol...

This means the world to me and I am so humbled by being the person that you have all decided to award!!!

God Bless all of you and thanks again!”

Why Maryann chose online education:

Trying to work and go to school at the same time to pay for my education when I am done with school.

The one problem is that I am a senior citizen, and my "Lifetime Funding" from the government has come to an end! I have no more funding from the government to help me finish my education!

My Career Goals serve so many purposes! One, I would have the knowledge and training in my online courses to become a Superior Leader of my Non Profit. Two, I would be able to secure a really great job and be able to help our four grandchildren with their College dreams and education. But truly, my online degree is helping me to achieve my career goals that I had wanted to do as a child. Now my dreams are coming true!

I need this education for myself and to prove to our grandchildren that having an education in life will make sure that you have a much better quality of life.

Jessica FellersArizona State University

Jessica is working toward a Bachelor in Healthcare Coordination.

Jessica FellersJessica's response to winning the scholarship: “I am so beyond thankful for this scholarship from The Best Schools! This scholarship will go towards helping me to achieve my dreams of helping so many others who have been through similar challenges that I have. Thank you!”

Why Jessica chose online education:


This program is only offered at Arizona State, and I work full time to support myself.

I plan to use this degree, in combination with a Masters degree, to become a patient advocate. As an advocate, I will help patients that have been diagnosed with chronic and/or life threatening illnesses get through their tough times.

I attended community college in person, and found that I struggled to balance my full time job with my classes. That balance only became harder when I got sick in 2013. At that time, I took a break from education to figure out my health, but to also figure out how I could make school work. That is when I tried my first online course. I found that school became so much easier for me to balance with the rest of my very demanding life.

I didn't have to worry about school conflicting with work hours, but best of all, if I was sick and missed a day of class; I was able to manage the online class around that day to meet my deadlines. Taking online classes at that time was the only thing that saved my grade point average.

I found Arizona State University, which is a leading university in distance learning. As soon as I was admitted to the university, they opened up a brand new online degree program made specifically for patient advocates.

Online schooling has opened up so many doors for me. If it weren't for online schooling, I wouldn't be able to get a degree that is specifically tailored to my career path, but not only that, I may not be able to complete my degree at all.

Sherri TibbettsUniversity of the Cumberlands

Sherri is working toward a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Sherri TibbettsSherri's response to winning the scholarship: "Thank you so much to The Best Schools for this scholarship! Without your help, I might never have been able to complete my Master's degree and get my clinical license. I love my job, and having my license will allow me to further my career and better help the incarcerated population return to their communities successfully. Thank you again on behalf of myself and everyone else who benefits from these scholarships in order to make the world a better place."

Why Sherri chose online education:

I want to continue working full time.

I am currently a Behavioral Health Technician in the Maine State prison on the Intensive Mental Health Unit. I work with individuals who have been found to be criminally responsible, yet who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness which often disrupts their day-to-day functioning.

I hope, having completed my degree and license, to work on a step-down program for those being released from prison. I would work with communities, hospitals and law enforcement to develop a more cohesive support system for these individuals, and provide them the supports they need to remain in their communities and with their families.

This is not just my career, it is my passion.