March 23, 1999
NEWS CONTACT: Kirsten Birkeland, 360/546-9602,
MEDIA CONTACT: Val Ogden, 360/786-7872,
        VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Students interested in pursuing a master's degree in public affairs at Washington State University at Vancouver have access to new scholarships, thanks to the efforts of State Rep. Val Ogden (D) Vancouver and the Women's Network of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
        In cooperation with Sprint Corporation, the NCSL has funded four scholarships of $2,500 each for those entering graduate study for the first time in the fall of 1999. The scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing an advanced degree in political science, public administration, public policy or a related field.
        Ogden, who is a member of the Women's Network of the NCSL, represents the 49th Legislative District serving Southwest Washington, and is co-Speaker Pro Tempore in the House of Representatives.
        There are more than 50 students enrolled in WSU Vancouver's master's program in public affairs, which allows students to concentrate their studies in areas such as public administration and health care policy.
        "WSU Vancouver provides a number of wonderful opportunities for individuals in our region to pursue a high-quality college education without having to move away," Ogden said. "This new scholarship will be very important in helping additional students pursue their graduate degrees."
        The scholarships will be based on a variety of factors, including scholastic achievements, written statements by the applicant, community/school involvement and letters of recommendation. Application materials are due no later than June 23, and can be obtained by calling Sprint Corporation at 800/796-3464.
        WSU Vancouver provides junior-, senior- and graduate-level courses to more than 1,500 students on its 351-acre campus seven miles north of the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area.


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