You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Clark County health ranking drops, experts point to OD crisis as cause

WSU grad school to offer scholarships for Wright-Patt workers

$750K to be available to military personnel and civilian workers at the base.

Wright State University will pay part of the tuition costs for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base personnel who enroll at the university’s graduate school in an initiative leaders hope will be a model for the rest of the nation.

The $750,000 graduate scholarship fund is open to both active-duty military service members and civilian employees at the state’s largest single-site employer with more than 27,000 employees, officials said.

“This really elevates the partnership between Wright-Patterson and Wright State University,” said Robert Fyffe, Wright State vice president for research and dean of the graduate school. “It opens up the whole gamut of graduate education for our Wright-Patterson colleagues.”

The program, set to begin this fall, will award $7,500 per year to a graduate student taking at least six credit hours per semester. The scholarship also covers Wright-Patterson employees’ spouses and dependent children. Enrollees may qualify for up to $2,500 per semester.

The university expects to award 100 to 150 scholarships this fall, according to Stephanie Gottschlich, a Wright State spokeswoman. At least four people applied for the program Tuesday, the first day students could ask for the scholarship.

“We are very, very excited to be part of this one-of-a-kind imitative and we hope others around the nation will follow in our footsteps,” said Col. Cassie B. Barlow, base commander and leader of the 88th Air Base Wing.

The scholarship covers most graduate degrees, certificates and doctoral programs, according to Wright State.

“It was a no-brainer relationship,” said Sarah Black, 88th Air Base Wing chief of force development.

University and military personnel began work on the program in February. They had to navigate a Department of Defense bureaucracy to make the scholarship fund a reality.

“We stepped through all that red tape and we got to where we are now,” Barlow said.

Air Force military and civilian personnel have an array of educational tuition programs, but Barlow said defense budget cuts may put some of those at risk of reduction.

“The problem is there is less and less available now compared to what there used to be so the incentive is this one is going to be around for a while and we’re not really sure on the other programs how long they are going to be around because their budgets are being cut,” she said.

The scholarship may be combined with other military-funded tuition programs, and can be renewed until the student completes the credential, according to Wright State. The Air Force has 17 airmen enrolled in WSU graduate programs, base spokesman Daryl Mayer said. An estimate of civilian workers enrolled was not available.

Additional information is available at

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Community News

Clark County health ranking drops, experts point to OD crisis as cause
Clark County health ranking drops, experts point to OD crisis as cause

Clark County dropped lower in the County Health Rankings released today, which local health experts believe is tied to a rapid rise in drug overdoses and deaths. The county dropped six spots from last year to 73 out of 88 counties in the state, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute...
SEE IT: 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' cast reunites on Instagram
SEE IT: 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' cast reunites on Instagram

This reunion should bring a smile to the faces of '90s kids everywhere. More than 20 years after "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" came to an end, the cast was pictured "chillin' out, maxin', relaxin' all cool" Monday night in a photo shared to Instagram by Alfonso Ribeiro, aka Carlton Banks. "Always amazing to spend an afternoon...
Darlene Cates, 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' star, dead at 69
Darlene Cates, 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' star, dead at 69

Rest in peace, Darlene Cates. The actress who played Gilbert’s mother in the 1993 film "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" died in her sleep Sunday. She was 69 years old. Cates was reportedly discovered when she appeared on an episode of “Sally Jessy Raphael.” The show was titled “Too Heavy to Leave Their House.&rdquo...
Donald Trump's childhood home sells for 'yuge' profit
Donald Trump's childhood home sells for 'yuge' profit

A real estate prospector just profited big-league from the sale of President Donald Trump's childhood home. According to CNN, the 2,500-square-foot New York Tudor has a new owner just three months after Michael Davis bought the property in Queens' Jamaica Estates neighborhood for $1.4 million. Last week, an unnamed bidder reportedly shelled out $2...
Security changes coming to Magic Kingdom
Security changes coming to Magic Kingdom

Security changes coming to Disney’s Magic Kingdom may affect how long guests spend in the security line. The theme park is moving the lines to outside the transportation and ticket center, where guests will be screened as soon as they get off the tram coming from the parking lot. Security barricades are already in the ground and tents are up...
More Stories