SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – In an effort to assist college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Wittenberg University will offer free fall tuition to students enrolled at colleges and universities currently closed in the Gulf States region.
“As part of our mission, Wittenberg challenges students to lead lives of compassion and service,” said President Mark H. Erickson. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by this catastrophic situation in the region, and if we can assist a few students through this opportunity, we are grateful to be able to do so.”
Up to 10 students whose college careers have been temporarily suspended as a result of the devastation caused by Katrina will be allowed to enroll at Wittenberg, which will waive tuition for the fall semester 2005. Students eligible to enroll must be admitted and registered at one of the colleges affected by the hurricane, and they must meet the requirements for admission at Wittenberg.
Classes began on Aug. 22, so students interested in attending Wittenberg must contact the university this week as all displaced students need to be enrolled in classes by Monday, Sept. 12. Academic advisers, assigned through Wittenberg’s Office of the Provost, will help match students with courses appropriate for their area of study and background. All need-based and merit-based financial aid will be made available.
“Wittenberg has a longstanding commitment to service others, and we are hopeful that this opportunity can help a few students continue their education during this difficult time,” said Evan Lipp, associate vice president for enrollment management.
Students interested in this opportunity should contact Brad Pochard, assistant director of admission, Wittenberg University, P.O. Box 720, Springfield, Ohio, (937) 327- 6314 or via e-mail at email@example.com. Wittenberg’s application for admission is available on its Web site. Parents are also encouraged to monitor the efforts of their students’ home colleges as many are likely implementing their disaster recovery plans.
Founded in 1845, Wittenberg is a private, four-year, co-educational liberal arts and sciences university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Wittenberg offers more than 50 majors and special programs, and undergraduate degrees include bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of music, bachelor of music education and bachelor of science.
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