Letter from the Editor
The Scholarship Issue

When we think about scholarship, it’s often in the context of financial awards students receive to advance their education. Scholarship means so much more. It’s about the commitment an individual makes in the pursuit of knowledge, a devotion to learning and excelling in their chosen field.

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At NCU, we have always expected the highest academic standards from our faculty, administration, and curriculum, as well as from our students. From time-to-time, the University offers grants and scholarships to students that exhibit these values. This issue of Higher Degrees celebrates this quest for achievement and the aspiration to break barriers to be your best.

We can’t wait for you to meet the students and alumni featured in this issue, and many are NCU scholarship/grant recipients: Uche Amadi and Diana Brauhn from the School of Technology; Gustavo Carlos, Sharmeen Mahmud and Katelyn Caisse from the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Crystal Lewis and Kathleen Shiverdecker from the School of Education; Jason Powell from the School of Business; and Kyren McGary from the School of Health Sciences. You’ll see just how driven they are to succeed in their respective programs. Many of these superstars are already making a remarkable difference in their communities.

This issue also features some insights on programs and opportunities for students and prospective students to help fund their degrees. We’ll provide tips on how to look for scholarships, grants and financial aid and take a look at two organizations that are offering customized educational benefits to their employees and members through NCU’s Strategic Partnerships Program. Finally, we’ll give you a glimpse at some of the newest programs NCU is introducing to keep up with the hottest industry trends.

We hope you are inspired by the Higher Degrees Scholarship Issue! As always, we welcome your feedback. Please send your comments and ideas to, and let us know if you have any suggestions for the next publication.

Greg Pollack
Vice President, Marketing

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