Ashford University awards scholarships to working familiesOfficials from Ashford University, which is an online school, recently announced they have awarded 50 full-tuition scholarships as part of the Project Working Mom program.

The scholarships are valued at $2 million overall, and are designed to help eligible parents who seek to pursue a college degree. Officials added that these funds will help cover the costs of higher education for individuals who might not have the time, financial resources or confidence to take the next step.

Officials said that to be eligible for the scholarship, participants had to submit an application and write an essay about their hopes for higher education. Nearly 600,000 individuals responded, and eight accredited online schools contributed to nearly 450 scholarships to the program. Ashford granted 30 total scholarships in three installments.

“The overwhelming response to Project Working Mom was astounding,” said Jane McAuliffe, president of the school. “Stories of sacrifice and determination from the applicants was a stark reminder of the struggles parents face in balancing life, work and school.

According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, web-based enrollment has increased by nearly 1 million students from 2010.

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