Westminster Receives $50,000 for Competency-Based Program Scholarships

Nov 10, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY —Westminster College is proud to announce $50,000 in scholarships available for the first time in its competency-based programs. This unique scholarship gift supports the college’s commitment to making higher education more flexible and affordable for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Thanks to David Simmons, CEO of Simmons Media Group and Westminster Board of Trustees member, the Simmons Scholarship is available to new students enrolling in one of Westminster’s competency-based (online) programs. Rather than merit or need-based awards, scholarships are granted to students who best articulate why competency-based learning is a good fit for them.

“I believe Westminster’s approach to competency-based education is the perfect hybrid of online flexibility and attentive faculty-it’s very personalized, which is Westminster’s hallmark,” said Simmons. “I want to see this model expand because there is more value in proving knowledge and competency than in hours spent in the classroom.”

What is Competency-Based Education?

Competency-based education is based on a set of knowledge, skills, and abilities called “competencies.” At Westminster, a competency-based education requires students to meet rigorous standards-students demonstrate what they’ve learned in authentic, meaningful ways, far beyond taking a standardized test, and move to the next level when they have achieved expertise in each required competency. Westminster’s competency-based programs are project-based, faculty-mentored, and student-centered.

“This a rare opportunity for students to have a scholarship gift earmarked specifically for the caliber of competency-based programs we have at Westminster,” said John Baworowsky, Westminster vice president of enrollment management. “Simmons’ support for Westminster’s approach to this innovative curriculum is greatly appreciated.”

The Simmons Scholarship is available at varying levels to new students enrolling in the following innovative programs:

Application Process

To apply, please submit a one-page essay specifically addressing how this competency-based program is a good fit for you and how you will benefit from being awarded the Simmons Scholarship. All applicants must submit this essay and have applied to one of the competency-based programs by Monday, December 1, 2014 for the Spring 2015 semester. Please email all scholarship essays to admission@westminstercollege.edu.

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About Westminster

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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