Scholarship Extended to Children of Alumni

by John Orlando, March 2005

The recently announced $2,500 Online Graduate Programs scholarship for all NU alumni and their spouses has been extended to children of NU alumni. These scholarships apply to any of the Norwich Online Graduate Programs: Business, Diplomacy, Civil Engineering, Justice Administration, Information Assurance, and Military History. Those who wish to take advantage of the scholarship need to start their program by March 2008. Students must be accepted to their program through the normal application process.

The decision to extend the scholarships to children of alumni was based on the feeling that children of alumni are part of the NU family -- they've heard about Norwich all their life, and their parent's experience at Norwich has made a deep impact on their family.

Also, many children of alumni have expressed interest in the Graduate Programs.

"Since the announcement of that scholarship, I have heard from several older alumni who have requested the scholarship for their sons or daughters, not themselves.  I have also spoken with several sons of alumni who stated that they were excited to hear about the OGP scholarship," says Vice President Fred Snow, Dean of the Graduate Programs.

Dr. Snow points out that the online graduate programs were initiated in part to provide Norwich alumni help in fulfilling their lifetime learning needs and career goals. "Dozens of Norwich alums have already gone through the programs and received their masters degrees," said Snow.

Chuck Nettleship BA '85, MBA '03, enrolled in the Online MBA program exactly twenty years after becoming a Rook, and was a member of the program's first graduating class. He feels that online education is the future. "I am proud to be one of the 'Pathfinders' of the Norwich University Online MBA Program and highly recommend this program" said Nettleship. "Continuing the Norwich 'experience' through the virtual educational process adds value and meaning to my career goals."

1Lt Chris Hoover, USMC, BS '01, MBA '04, agreed. "Already appreciating the traditions and history that Norwich has to offer, I felt the online experience was great! The professors are first-rate, and the support staff at the OGP office were always ready and willing to help. No other online program cares for its students more than Norwich University! Just as I did when I was an undergrad, I felt like I was part of something special," Hoover said.

The graduate programs require 18 months of coursework. Start dates are September, December, and March. The 36 credits of curriculum are split up among six eleven-week seminars taken in sequence. A five-day residency in mid-June on the Norwich campus caps off the coursework. Considered rigorous and of high quality in the marketplace, the programs are among the industry leaders in retention. The MBA program, in particular, is generating academic outcomes in the top five percent of the nation, as evidenced by their mean scores on the national ETS MBA exam.

According to Snow, the programs are experiential in nature, incorporating class work into the workplace. "This is not only in keeping with Norwich tradition, but results in an extremely fast return on investment for students and employers alike," said Snow. And while online education is sometimes perceived as faceless and boring, Snow says the typical Norwich experience contradicts this. "Many of our students tell us that this is the most dynamic academic experience they have ever had," said Snow.

To learn more about the scholarships or programs, call 802.485.2567.