This is the sort of thing I was talking about in the last entry.
UW-Washington County offers free 'educational makeover' semester - JSOnline
UW-Washington County offers free 'educational makeover' semester
For people whose New Year's resolutions include going back to college, the two-year University of Wisconsin-Washington County has a contest that might make it easier, particularly in difficult economic times.
The school's "Extreme Educational Makeover" contest will provide one winner with a free semester of classes, including tuition, fees and money for books - about a $2,600 value.
The contest aims to help adults returning to school. Entrants must be 22 or older, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and cannot have taken a class at UW-Washington County in the past two years. Contestants must submit essays describing why they need a life makeover and how education would help.
The UW-Washington County Foundation, Glacier Hills Credit Union and West Bend Savings Bank provided funding for the scholarship, which the school modeled after a similar contest at UW-Rock County.
School officials also hope the contest will draw applicants who may be unaware of the financial aid available to them. The school plans to contact people who apply but don't win to tell them about these options.
The contest runs Jan. 1 to 31, with a winner announced Feb. 18. Applications are available online at www.washington.uwc.edu. UW-Washington County serves about 1,000 students at its West Bend campus.