The staff at TheBestSchools.org congratulates three new recipients of The Best Schools Online Learning Scholarships: Torri Sigl, Trey Young, Andrea Wyche (Spring of 2017). We selected these winners from over 100 applications we received from across the country.
Our panel of judges selected Torri, Trey, and Andrea 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. TheBestSchools.org, 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 The Best Schools Online Learning Scholarships
Torri SiglSouthern New Hampshire University
Torri is working toward a Bachelor of Science in Information Technologies degree with a concentration in Cybersecurity.
Torri’s response to winning the scholarship: “Thank you, The Best Schools Online Learning Scholarship, for this gift! I am very grateful to have assistance on my way to completing my Bachelor’s degree in cyber security. This scholarship will benefit me so much on my way to reaching my goals. I encourage anyone who needs help getting through college to apply for The Best Schools Online Learning Scholarship, because they are here to lend a hand!”
Why Torri chose online education:
I chose to pursue an online degree because my 24 on call work schedule did not agree with traditional face to face classes.
In today’s competitive job market, I believe it is absolutely necessary for me to finish my Bachelor’s degree in cyber security, or I may never be able to have the job that I want, that I love so much. Because my work schedule doesn’t allow for me to be able to attend every class at a physical school, the opportunity to get an online degree is a godsend.
I have already been successful in obtaining an associate’s degree online but I believe going further will help land me a better job in my field and set me up for greater success. Without online degree programs, I would still be sitting on nothing, going into the job market with zero to show for my past accomplishments, I would be restarting my entire career from the bottom up, and that would be a major setback in not only for me, but also for any employers who might have hired me if I had a degree.
- Southern New Hampshire University’s Online Bachelor in IT ranks among our 20 Best Online IT programs.
Trey YoungWaldorf University
Trey is working toward a Bachelor of Science, Fire Service Administration degree.
Trey’s response to winning the scholarship: “I am grateful and honored to be awarded a scholarship by TheBestSchools.org. This scholarship will allow me to continue pursuing my Bachelor’s in Fire Service Administration. Earning a degree will assist me in becoming a well-rounded fireman. As such, I will be better prepared to serve my fire department, my city, and our citizens! Thank you TheBestSchools.org for the support!”
Why Trey chose an online education:
As an adult learner with a family and a career, online education is a better option for my family and me. This degree path allows me to pursue higher education while still being active as a good husband, father, and firefighter.
My goals in the next five years include some major professional milestones! Over the next five years my primary goals are to complete my Bachelor’s Degree, qualify, test for, and earn a promotion, and to lead our fire department to reaccreditation. A Bachelor’s in Fire Service Administration from Waldorf University will be integral to realizing these goals.
I have had many goals in my career, and many of them I have successfully pursued and achieved. Since the beginning I have recognized the importance of ongoing training and education. It has been my goal to be a perpetual student of the craft. I know that the pursuit and completion of this degree program will only make me better able to serve my fellow firefighters, my department, and our citizens.
Andrea WycheUniversity of Louisville
Andrea is working toward a Master of Science in Social Work degree.
Andrea’s response to winning the scholarship: “I would like to thank the thebestschools.org for choosing me as a winner. To be accepted into a Master’s program is definitely an honor, but to receive financial help from someone who knows nothing about you and has faith that you will succeed, is an even bigger honor.
At the Master’s level it is difficult to get financial help outside of loans, and I have my fair share of loan debt. So, to receive a scholarship of any amount is definitely a highlight for me, and it will definitely be put to good use.
An online education is the best route for me or anyone who has a family to care for and cannot afford to stop working. Thanks again the thebestschools.org.”
Why Andrea chose an online education:
My on-line classes are more than likely the only way I will obtain a degree. As a 46 year old mother of five males, it has always been a challenge for me to get a college degree.
The only thing I could think of was to return to school and get a Master’s degree. I began to look up some degrees and the class schedules and realized that this was going to be difficult to do if I have to go on campus, but thankfully I came across the online degree programs at the University of Louisville.
Due to the fact that I still have four children to be cared for, ages 4, 10, 11, and 17, and no family support, an online degree program is the only possible way for me to obtain this degree.
As I have matured and began to see society for how it treats the underprivileged individuals in this nation, I have tried to figure out what is it that I can do to give to the community physically, because I do not have a lot of money. This is why I chose the field of Social Work. Even if I only successfully help a handful of people, I feel as though I have accomplished something.