BLUE ASH, OH (FOX19) - One week after Kyle Walker lost his father to a massive heart attack, he learned that he was the winner of free tuition for the summer session at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College.
"It was amazing news and a big relief during a very difficult time," said Kyle.
The sophomore from West Chester wants to become a physical therapist, a program that demands a doctorate degree for new graduates.
The free tuition is the result of a program at UC Blue Ash that encourages students to register early for the upcoming semesters. Those who register by the designated deadline are automatically entered into a drawing to win free tuition.
The college recently offered this opportunity to students for the summer sessions, as well as the upcoming fall semester. Of the more than 2,700 students who were eligible, two winners were selected, Kyle for the summer and Jessica Proffitt for the fall. The summer tuition has a value of approximately $1,700, while the fall tuition is $2,500.
"We are always excited to provide scholarships, grants or financial aid that help our students pursue their education and follow their dreams," said Dr. Cady Short-Thompson, Dean of UC Blue Ash. "Having lost my mother in my early twenties, I empathize with Kyle in his loss. It is satisfying for me to know that we are all rooting for him at UC Blue Ash."
Jessica, who is a junior from Sharonville and graduate of Mt. Notre Dame High School, works part-time while taking classes toward an associate degree in Medical Assisting. "I truly appreciate this gift of free tuition, it really means a lot," said Jessica. She added that it was a 'great feeling' when she learned that the cost of her classes would be covered for the upcoming fall semester.