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OHIO Correctional Education student receives national scholarship


Ohio University student Royce Casey was one of twelve chosen to receive the 2017–18 Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) scholarship. Casey was among the 132 nontraditional, adult students from around the country who applied for the annual scholarship.

“I feel absolutely blessed to have received this scholarship. It will help immensely and take a huge load off of my family,” said Casey. “I am also honored. To be one of the few selected from among all the equally worthy applicants is truly humbling.”

The scholarship supports adult learners while they earn an undergraduate degree. In most instances, these students would not be able to enroll in courses without some kind of financial assistance.

The scholarship is worth $3,000, which may be used toward Casey’s tuition and fees to take three additional print-based courses through OHIO Correctional Education. Casey is working on a Bachelor of Specialized Studies degree. He hopes to apply to graduate school after finishing his program.

“I would like to commend Royce for his recognition of the transformational opportunity presented by OHIO's Correctional Education program,” said Bill Willan, executive dean of Regional Higher Education. “Alpha Sigma Lambda's support, which is helping make this transformational opportunity a reality for Royce and his family, shows civic engagement at its best.”

Julie Cohara, director of degree programs for University College, said Casey’s decision to pursue a Bachelor of Specialized Studies degree gave him the opportunity to design a program that fit his interests and needs.

“As a specialized studies student, Royce created an interdisciplinary, individualized major program. He created a unique major that reflects his specific education goals,” she said.

“OHIO’s Correctional Education program has helped shape the direction not only of my education, but also of my future career,” said Casey. “It has shifted my focus toward helping others instead of focusing only on myself, to live a life of amends. I am forever grateful for this awesome gift.”

Each year, ASL’s goal is to give more scholarships and increase the amount of the award. In 1985, ASL awarded three scholarships at $500 each; in 2016, ASL awarded 12 scholarships at $2,700 each. More information about ASL and the scholarship can be found on the ASL website.

OHIO Correctional Education is supported by Regional Higher Education and University College, with additional administrative support provided by the Office of Instructional Innovation through eCampus.