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professional diver & eco-tourism student wins scholarship

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Not many people can say they have their dream job, but 33 year old Annette Papa certainly can. This UWW student and scholarship winner works as a professional diver and eco-tour leader in Micronesia, and is passionate about ocean conservation, especially the protection of sharks. Here she talks Read More…

meet scholarship winner matthew pierleoni

Friday, May 20, 2016

23 year old Matthew Pierleoni hails from Cleveland, Ohio, works at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, loves all things pop culture and media, and has an epic coffee mug collection. Here he talks about the benefits of UWW and what winning a $550 from the UWW Faculty-Student Scholarship Fund means to Read More…

congratulations to the class of 2016!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

On May 6, 2016 thousands gathered in the pouring rain at McGuirk Stadium on the campus of UMass Amherst to celebrate the UMass Amherst graduating class of 2016. Among those graduating this year are over 300 University Without Walls students- adults with work, family, community and military Read More…

uww co-hosts 1st gen student summit

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

UWW co-hosted and participated in the 4th Annual First Generation College Student Summit held at Williams College on April 9, 2016.  Organized by ClassAction, this summit provides first gen students and their allies an opportunity to "come together to identify problems, discuss grassroots Read More…

meet uww student & domestic violence survivor casstrena moses

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Meet 42 year old Boston native, teacher, single homeless mother of three, and scholarship winner Casstrena Moses. Her concentration:  Early Care and Education. Her advisor:  Connie Griffin.  Every non-traditional age student has a story. What’s your story?My story is that I am a single, homeless Read More…

sustainability studies student wins scholarship

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Born and raised on Cape Cod, 45 year old Coleen Curley was able to make it without college degree for a long time, running her own business in Provincetown, MA until the great recession hit. It was economic necessity that brought her back to school and to UWW. The winner of an $850 Miriam Williford Read More…

meet executive director & children's advocate suzin bartley

Monday, March 7, 2016

A 1980 graduate of the UMass Amherst University Without Walls, Suzin Bartley, MSW, LICSW has served as executive director of the Children’s Trust, Massachusetts’ leading family support organization, for over two decades. She also teaches at the Boston College School of Social Work, serves on the Read More…

meet scholarship winner nicholas lesogor

Friday, February 12, 2016

Meet 29 year old Nicholas Lesogor of the beach town of Marshfield, MA. He wasn't sure what he wanted to do with his life and then two things changed that-  becoming an avid runner and receiving the unyielding support and encouragement of his girlfriend and soon-to-be fiance! He is the winner of a Read More…

brenda berrios wins misty bassi scholarship

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Meet 43 year old first generation college student Brenda Berrios of Springfield, MA. She is the winner of an $800 Misty Catherine Bassi Memorial UWW Scholarship. Here she talks about her journey from high school to the National Guard; becoming a mother and her career as a laboratory assistant. She Read More…

meet uww scholarship winner rocio burgos

Thursday, January 28, 2016

33 year old Rocio Burgos of North Hollywood, CA never thought she'd graduate from college. But once she was diagnosed with a learning disability and enrolled in UMass Amherst UWW, things started to change. With strong support, faculty advising and accommodations through disability services, Rocio Read More…