According to Richard Lidtke, executive director of the Department of Enrollment at Washburn, the most important thing on a student’s path to graduation is to remain enrolled each consecutive semester. In response, Washburn has been on a mission to provide resources to students that encourage and reward enrollment in the Spring 2022 semester.
This is done via a series of Washburn-funded gifts with prizes such as: $500 book vouchers, a $1,000 scholarship to attend the Mabe drop-enrollment event on November 17, 2021 and up to three full-time scholarships.
The only criterion to be entered into these giveaways was to register before the Thanksgiving break to receive book vouchers and full-time tuition awards, and to attend the instant registration event to receive the $1,000 scholarships. There will be 25 winners of $500 book vouchers for each week in November before the Thanksgiving holiday, making a total of 100 winners. Five lucky students will be awarded a $1000 scholarship for attending the Express Enrollment event, and three full-time students will be awarded a scholarship covering up to 15 credit hours of tuition costs. Winners will be announced on December 20, 2021, and scholarships will be applied to student accounts by February 1, 2022.
As the person managing the scholarship budget and the organizer of this project, Liedtke decided that he could use the money within the Washburn scholarship budget to encourage student enrollment. Meaning that the money that funds the endowment does not come from anywhere else, and there should be no reason to financially pressure any other department of the university.
“I pose a dilemma for them. I have some money here that we can spend. How can we best use that money to encourage our students to enroll?” Liedtke said. “I wanted to do something meaningful to help students continue to enroll.”
For any student who is not lucky enough to win a free scholarship and is worried about how to pay for the next semester, it is important to consider scholarships. Drew Bates, Financial Literacy Coordinator at Washburn, shared many tips on searching for scholarships. According to Beets, the most important guidelines to follow are related to safety. A legitimate scholarship should never require payment in order to apply, and remain careful while providing personal information.
He also explained that other than the Washburn Scholarships, there are abundant opportunities in the world. Many organizations are reaching out to Washburn to solicit applicants. However, since it is not realistic or sustainable to update external scholarships on the Washburn website, many community scholarships are still not adequately advertised.
To search for these opportunities, Beets recommended using various media such as a Google search using reputable sites, and reaching out to family, friends, professors, and peers to learn more about potential opportunities.
“The organizations have scholarships and they have student funding. They don’t have good public relations and great communication,” Bates said. “It’s worth the time, because their application pools are comically small.”
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> As usual, I have recordings of the interview on Otter.ai! One is called “Richard Liedtke – Spring 2022 Giveaways” and the other is “Drew Beets – Spring 2022 Giveaways”
> I’m also not sure about the ending… Seems kinda surprising, but I’m not sure what to add
Edited by Elie Walker, Kyle Manthey