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CompTIA IT Merit Award Scholarships Awarded

2/01/2011 12:33 pm

WGU students Casey Jenkins and Stephen Allen were recently chosen to receive the CompTIA Education Foundation’s CompTIA IT Merit Award Scholarship. The award recognizes and rewards students who have recently achieved CompTIA certification and are pursuing a degree in Information Technology.

CompTIA’s IT Merit Award Scholarships are awarded twice yearly to 25 students. This group of recipients represented 20 schools in 15 states. WGU IT Mentor Rebecca Johnston nominated the two students, who each received a certificate and a check for $250. 

Casey Jenkins is from Southwick, Massachusetts, and is in the B.S. in IT, Security Emphasis degree program. She enrolled at WGU because she knew she would not be able to advance from her current position without a degree. Despite the steep learning curve in the IT programs and having no IT background, she selected the online IT degree program and was determined to be successful. She has dedicated hours to studying every day after work and on weekends. Her hard work paid off when she passed, on her first attempt, three difficult IT certification tests in her first two terms at WGU. Her mentor nominated her for the award because she represents the motivation and drive necessary to be a successful student at WGU.

Stephen Jenkins is from Ormond Beach, Florida, and is earning his B.S. in IT, Databases Emphasis. A husband and father of two, Stephen is an excellent student looking to make a better life for his young family. Despite all of his family responsibilities, he has managed to surpass the number of required courses required each term since being enrolled and will graduate within two years of starting at WGU. In two terms, he passed seven major industry certifications, achieving 99 to 100% scores on several of them. "He is always seeking extra study materials and regularly exceeds weekly goals that he sets for himself. He is the ideal student,"; said his mentor.

For more information about degree programs in WGU's College of Information Technology, please visit: http://www.wgu.edu/online_it_degrees/programs

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