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Scholarship Information

Students should be looking for scholarships NOW! 
Advise your student to check with their major and department to see when and which scholarships are available.  Students should check the Schock Financial Aid Office's scholarship listings quite frequently for any new scholarship opportunities!

The WCU Foundation and Alumni Association have a number of scholarships available.  Application can be found here.  The deadline to submit applications is April 30th.

The Dr. and Mrs. Charles S. Swope Memorial Scholarship application is now available, click here.  The deadline to submit the application is April 30th.

The WCU Financial Aid Scholarship application for need-based scholarships is now available!
Students can pick up the application in the Office of Financial Aid at 25 University Ave (ground floor) or online here.

Completed applications are due on Friday, March 27.

Encourage your student to also search for private scholarships, here.

About Education provides a listing of scholarships that have April deadlines. Check back each month to view more upcoming scholarship deadlines!

Important Academic News

How Is Your Student Doing?

  • Ask your student questions. How is he or she doing? What exams and grades have they gotten so far?
  • Is your student making academic progress? The benchmark is a 2.0 GPA.
  • Has your student received an email from the Early Alert Program?  The Early Alert Program is a support service that helps identify students at risk of failing a course.  More information on Early Alert can be found here.
  • We have had a few weather related cancelations.  Does your student know what each of his/her professors are doing to keep on track with course objectives this spring?

Scheduling for fall and summer semesters:

  • Scheduling for fall and summer started February 22nd. 
    • Students will be able to enroll in their fall and summer classes when their scheduling date comes up, provided they have already met with their advisors and have no holds on their accounts.
  • Parents: You can do your part to ensure that your student doesn't have any holds by paying tuition and other fees, or completing necessary paperwork, in a timely manner.
  • Does your student have a major?  Undeclared students should be discussing entry requirements for their intended major with their advisor.  Students who are undecided on the direction they want to take are strongly encouraged to visit the Career Development Center.
  • Summer classes at another institution:
    • Students can find many course equivalents for colleges and universities by going to the registrar's transcript center.
    • Students MUST submit this form to the Registrar's Office prior to taking a course at another institution.
    • Students should review plans for the summer during their spring advising appointment.
Career Development

The Twardowski Career Development Center assists students with identifying and exploring career options as well as building the skills needed to secure rewarding employment opportunities, both while still in college and after graduation.

DVEC Greater Philadelphia Teacher Job Fair

Wednesday, March 18, 9:00am - 3:30pm
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, 100 Station Ave, Oaks, PA
Calling all educators - come meet recruiters about opportunities related to Education.  More information, here.

Philadelphia Nonprofit & Government Career Fair
Thursday, March 26, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Villanova University, Jake Nevin Fieldhouse
This Career Fair is free for all WCU students and alumni.  Bring a copy of your resume for entrance to the fair.  Click here to view the list of participating employers.

Ram Career Network
There's now an EASY way for your student to find jobs and internships!  WCU's Ram Career Network is an online one-stop career portal for WCU students, alumni, and employers.  If your student is graduating in May, they should begin looking for and applying to jobs now.  Summer is also a great time for students to have an internship and earn credits! 

"Ask an Employer" - Fridays from 1-3pm, Career Development Center

Students may get an employer's direct feedback about interviewing, resumes, professionalism, and jobs!

  • Featured Employers:
    • Vanguard - March 25, 2015
    • The Goshen Group - April 1, 2015
    • Reminder Media - April 15, 2015
Campus News

Spring Break 2015
Monday, March 9 through Friday, March 13
Residence Halls will reopen on Sunday, March 15, at 12:00 noon.

WCU Men's & Women's Swimming Earn PSAC Title

West Chester University's men's swimming squad claimed its 17th straight Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship, and 28th overall, on February  22.  WCU's women's swimming squad also brought home a PSAC title, capturing its ninth straight PSAC title that same day.  Congratulations to our Golden Rams Swimming Teams!

Where are WCU Students Spending Spring Break?

"Educating Youth across Borders" is a first-time trip for 12 students from the College of Education who are performing a variety of service projects at three schools in Malpais, Costa Rica.  Students are assisting in teacher training and supporting children in academic activities using "Caps Kits," homemade learning tools created from recycled bottle caps.  The student leader is Alexandria Baldassarre, and the faculty leader is WCU education professor Donna Sanderson, creator of the Caps Kits."
Click here to read about the different ways WCU students spent their spring break helping others!   

To learn more about Alternative Spring Break, click here.  If you are interested in supporting WCU's Alternative Break program, you may make a donation here.

Upcoming Events

Masters of Soul
Friday, Mar. 13, 7:30pm
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
This 90-minute show features stylishly costumed, fully choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by a live band.
Ticket information, here.

Beg Borrow Steel
Now through April 3
Knauer Gallery, Swope Music Building
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm

Artwork by sculptor Stan Smokler has developed a unique palette, applying industrial cast-offs, "found objects" to create sculptures which deliberately deny their past history in order to serve a new formal purpose.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
Friday, Mar. 27, 7:30pm
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall

The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets.
Ticket information, click here.

Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe
Tuesday, Mar. 31, 7:30pm
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
Nearly 30 drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University, Japan, make a return appearance on our campus for an athletic and graceful performance that includes thundering Taiko Drumming and Japanese folkloric dance.

Ticket information, here.

West Chester University Foundation - P.O. Box 541 - West Chester, PA 19381 - 610-436-2868

West Chester University Foundation - P.O. Box 541 - West Chester, PA 19381 - 610-436-2868