UWW at UMass Amherst was officially announced to the world on November 2, 1971 via a typed-written press release that came out of the news office located in the newly constructed Whitmore Administration Building. Started as a part of a national experiment, the University Without Walls project was a consortium of seventeen colleges and universities funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education to increase access to higher education for non-traditional student populations.
UWW awarded $8400 in scholarships to students to support their fall, 2014 studies. The spring, 2015 scholarship deadline is February 2. Scholarship winners are:
- Jennifer Rogers: Jeffrey Taylor Scholarship Award- $1,250
- Frances Idlebrook: Misty Bassi Scholarship Award-, $800
- Mary McCarthy: Bonnie Lynn Scholarship Award- $800
- Carmen Lescher: UWW Faculty Scholarship Award- $550
In addition, $1000 general scholarships were awarded to each of the following UWW students:
UWW students from Springfield met with Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and UMass system President Robert Caret to promote the UMass Center at Springfield as a crucial investment in the state's efforts to increase access to higher education.