2010 Scholarship Winners: Graduate-Level Distance Learning

Mar 01, 2011

Each year, awards ten merit-based scholarships to students in fields ranging from health administration to criminal justice. We recently caught up with Beth Holcomb, our 2010 winner for graduate students pursuing distance learning degrees. Read on to learn how the scholarship has helped her.

By Megan Driscoll

beth holcomb Please tell our readers about the education program in which you're currently enrolled. What's the distance learning format like?

Beth Holcomb: I am completing my M.Ed. Media degree at the University of West Georgia. This is an online program using WebCT. The professor and students interact using email and online chats. Although many classes require a few face-to-face sessions on campus, the program allows me to complete my assignments while working a job. The email is asynchronous, but the chats allow students and the professor to interact using synchronous techniques. The classes also use cameras to allow the professor to engage with students. What was your previous educational and/or professional background?

BH: I graduated from Berry College in 2004 and received a conventional education with college classes. What led you to try distance learning?

BH: I wanted to complete my master's degree while working. The distance learning program provides me with the flexibility to complete my assignments while working a job. How has the 2010-2011 school year gone for you so far? What are your favorite things, least favorite things, biggest surprises, etc.?

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BH: I have liked all of my classes in the 2010-2011 school year. My favorite thing would be learning techniques that I can use in my library and my least favorite thing would be having a large amount of homework while working a job. In what ways has the scholarship money you received from helped you in your studies?

BH: The scholarship money that I received from was very useful and improved my ability to pay for my education. I used it to pay for books and tuition. Thank you for this scholarship. Please tell us about your plans for after you finish your degree. Are you considering more education, a career change or . . . ?

BH: I would like to obtain a job in a school as a media specialist. Finally, what advice would you give someone who's considering pursuing a similar degree program?

BH: I would suggest purchasing a computer that would be compatible with Internet classes. I would also reinforce the need be organized and to work often on classroom assignments.

The deadline to apply for the for the 2011 Graduate-Level Distance Learning Scholarship is April 1, 2011.

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