APU Launches New Momentum 2020 Scholarship to Help College Students Disrupted by the Coronavirus Pandemic
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many college students are experiencing disruptions to their education. As society continues to help lessen the effects of the worldwide pandemic, many students are self-distancing while looking to stay productive. Though online learning is commonly available at many institutions, some have temporarily closed, while others are facing challenges in scaling their online platform to include all programs—and in some cases “upskilling” instructors to adapt to the online environment.
American Public University (APU), which is part of the accredited American Public University System (APUS)—is helping to bridge this gap. As an affordable leader in online education with more than 200 programs taught by tech-experienced practitioners, APU is helping other students stay on track through the recently launched Momentum 2020 Scholarship.
The scholarship is available for undergraduates enrolled at four-year, on-campus institutions for courses that start in May, July, July and August 2020. It’s intended to provide opportunities to complete two APU courses for the purpose of transferring the attained credits back to their home institution once they’re able to resume their regular studies. It’s a way for students to stay on the path to degree completion. APU has committed to providing enough scholarships to assist 20,000+ undergrad students currently enrolled at primarily on-campus, four-year institutions.
“Given our nearly 30-year heritage as a pioneer in high-quality online education, we believe we can leverage our robust, diverse and affordable curriculum along with monthly course starts to help these displaced students and their associated institutions during this challenging time of academic disruption due to the coronavirus,” said APUS President Dr. Wallace E. Boston. “The Momentum 2020 Scholarship can support thousands of students from institutions who are eager to continue to learn and maintain progress toward completing their education.”
The Pandemic Is Creating Uncharted Disruption to Education Delivery
COVID-19 has changed how everybody goes about their day-to-day activities in a way not witnessed since World War II. Social distancing, self-isolation and PPE (personal protective equipment) are now household words as we all adjust to a “new normal” that involves staying at home unless there is an essential need to venture out. While the downstream effect of increasing layoffs and business closures (and their effect on the slowing global economy) is well-documented, another story is unfolding rapidly in higher education.
“Much has been written about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on higher education,” stated Dr. Boston. “At this point in time, most, if not all, colleges and universities have shuttered their campuses and are attempting to continue the semester by teaching online.”
With no definitive end to the pandemic in sight, college administrators are preparing for the possibility of a protracted impact to on-campus education with the possibility that some students may not be able to return in the fall if online options are not available.
— Wallace Boston, Ed.D (@wallyboston) April 6, 2020
In light of sweeping disruptions to higher education, college leaders are working together and looking for unique solutions with the primary mission focused on helping students with maintaining education continuity at a distance, and secondarily, preparing instructors to provide effective teaching online.
“In the face of unprecedented closures in the nation,” wrote APUS Academic Partnerships Manager Pat James, “college administrators rally to keep instruction alive by generating hundreds of online class sessions from current on-ground traditional classes. The world as we know it in online education will likely never be the same. What resources are we pulling together, and what will we learn from this experience? It is up to us to collaborate at a previously unimagined level to figure this out.”
American Public University and the Momentum 2020 Scholarship
With APU’s Momentum 2020 Scholarship, eligible students may take up to two undergraduate courses using a 50 percent tuition grant for each course started in May through August 2020. Books are provided at no cost through a university book grant. A technology fee will apply.
APU covers a spectrum of disciplines and has the bandwidth to support temporarily displaced students with 74 undergraduate degree programs featuring more than 1,200 courses. Its diverse undergraduate curriculum aligns with a wide variety of programs available at other institutions. The online classes are asynchronous, with most offered in an 8-week format and some in 16-week formats. While they’re courses-for-transfer, APU recommends that interested students proactively check with their home institution to ensure that the APU credits will transfer back.
About American Public University System
American Public University System (APUS), recipient of the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and five-time recipient of OLC’s Effective Practice Award, offers more than 200 online degree and certificate programs through American Public University and American Military University. More than 90,000 alumni worldwide have benefited from APUS’s relevant, flexible curriculum and value, 72 percent completing their studies with no APUS-incurred debt. American Public University is part of American Public University System, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information, visit www.apus.edu.
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