Since our founding in 1874, WSU has been known as an institution that changes lives. From our earliest years as a teacher training school to our present stature as a nationally recognized liberal arts and sciences university, WSU has worked to improve the world through the power of education. Here, our students acquire the knowledge and skills they need for rewarding careers and effective citizenship. Our graduates go on to advance the greater good at home and around the globe.
All of this is meaningless, however, if students can’t come to WSU in the first place. That’s why expanding scholarships in all forms is one of the major priorities of Change Lives.
A college education is an investment in the future for students, families, and society at large. Recent years, however, have witnessed growing financial pressure: the cost of a college education is increasing, while state support for public universities like Worcester State is decreasing. Families worry that college is beyond their means.
Through this campaign, we aim to increase endowment for scholarships to give more talented students the opportunity to come to WSU. We want to provide grants to help students purchase textbooks — an expense that can run nearly $1,000 per semester. With our increasing emphasis on global education, we also want to be able to support students in their choice to study abroad. In addition, we seek to bolster emergency funds to assist students experiencing financial crises that threaten to interrupt their education, whether it’s car trouble or housing difficulties.
Our students are hard working. The majority are the first in their families to attend college. Almost all students work at least one job; many take on a second or third to make ends meet. Statistics show that more than 85 percent of these graduates will remain right here in Worcester County — as the backbone of the workforce and key contributors to the local economy.
Your gift to scholarships is one of the most direct ways of helping students achieve their dreams, and, of course, change their lives.