Announcing the StraighterLine Scholarship for Working Moms

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StraighterLine (http://www.straighterline.com) announced today the StraighterLine Scholarship for Working Moms. In honor of Mother’s Day, the new scholarship is designed to help working moms who are going back to school defray some of the costs of their education by starting their degree with online college classes.

“Completing college is hard for anyone” says Burck Smith, CEO and Founder of StraighterLine, “but moms have crazy schedules plus kids to provide for. StraighterLine offers a low-risk, convenient way to get a college degree.”

Announcing the StraighterLine Scholarship for Working Moms- because being a mom is challenging enough.

StraighterLine (http://www.straighterline.com) announced today the StraighterLine Scholarship for Working Moms. In honor of Mother’s Day, the new scholarship is designed to help working moms who are going back to school defray some of the costs of their education by starting their degree with online college classes.

To apply for the scholarship, moms or their family members should submit an essay of at least 200 words telling StraighterLine what going back to school will mean for them and their family. The essay submission must also include a separate description of the working mom’s job with at least 20 words and being a full-time mom counts as a job. The mom whose essay is selected will receive a free “Freshman Year for $999” program consisting of up to 10 StraighterLine courses. 3 runners up will get free enrollment for 1 month plus 1 free course.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2011
Scholarship awarded: June 15, 2011
Essay Submission:     MomScholarship(at)straighterline(dot)com

Who can apply
Applicants must be a working mom or a member of her family: spouse, children, parents. Any applicant is encouraged to tell StraighterLine why their mom, wife or daughter wants to go back to school, and what it would mean to their family. Additional information on the Scholarship for Working Moms can be found on the StraighterLine site at http://www.straighterline.com/landing/scholarship-for-working-moms.cfm

Currently, StraighterLine offers twenty-three entry level college courses online, including college algebra, precalculus, calculus I, calculus II, business writing, introduction to biology, introduction to biology with a lab, general chemistry I, general chemistry I with a lab, english comp I, english comp II, accounting I, accounting II, managerial accounting, macroeconomics, microeconomics, business statistics, anatomy & physiology I & II, each with a lab option, medical terminology, psychology and two developmental courses, with more expected to be later this year. StraighterLine partner colleges and universities include the following institutions:

  •     American InterContinental University
  •     American College of Dubai
  •     Ashford University
  •     Assumption College
  •     Capella University
  •     Charter Oak State College
  •     Colorado State University-Global Campus
  •     DeVry University
  •     Excelsior College
  •     Florida Gateway College
  •     Fort Hays State University
  •     Granite State College
  •     Jefferson Community and Technical College
  •     Kaplan University
  •     La Salle University’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies
  •     Nazarene Bible College
  •     New England College of Business and Finance (NECB)
  •     Potomac College
  •     The University of Akron
  •     Thomas Edison State College
  •     Thompson Rivers University
  •     Western Governors University
  •     WGU Indiana

“Completing college is hard for anyone” says Burck Smith, CEO and founder of StraighterLine, “but moms have crazy schedules plus kids to provide for. StraighterLine offers a low-risk, convenient way to get a college degree.”

About StraighterLine     
StraighterLine is a leader in making quality college education more affordable. StraighterLine’s programs are a great way to tackle the escalating cost of four-year college tuition and avoid a mountain of student debt.

StraighterLine offers two innovative programs for getting started on a college degree: college courses for only $99 a month plus $39 per course (one-time fee) and the “Freshman Year for $999” program. Both programs are designed to help college students and their families address rampant rising tuition costs of college education. Students can take freshman-level college courses and realize savings of more than 90 percent versus the first-year tuition at many colleges. Students with the time and ability to complete course materials in a shorter time can realize even greater savings. In addition, now High School students can take StraighterLine courses as an AP Test Prep alternative or as dual credit program. StraighterLine has received approval from the College Board for the following online college courses to be listed as AP courses: economics I: macroeconomics, economics II: microeconomics, english composition, and general calculus I. All programs include up to 10 hours of one-on-one instructional support.

Students who successfully complete StraighterLine online college courses receive credit when they enroll with any school in our rapidly expanding network of regionally accredited partner colleges and universities. In addition, the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT - http://www.acenet.edu/acecredit/) has also evaluated and recommended college credit for StraighterLine courses. ACE CREDIT helps students gain access to academic credit at colleges and universities for formal courses and examinations taken in settings outside traditional higher education. A number of StraighterLine courses have also been reviewed and authorized by the College Board as AP Program courses.

StraighterLine also offers a tuition assistance program as a benefit for companies to provide to employees interested in earning their college degree.

For information, visit http://www.straighterline.com or call 202-507-7020 or 1-877-str8erline (1-877-787-8375).

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