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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Rebecca Bagley

Faculty in Northwest's Department of Computer Science/Information Systems are requesting support for the CS/IS Alumni Scholarship that will allow deserving students, like Rebecca Bagley, to pursue their college aspirations. (PHOTO BY DARREN WHITLEY/UNIVERSITY RELATIONS)

May 11, 2010

Northwest faculty seek alumni support for CS/IS scholarship

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Rebecca Bagley, a northwest interactive digital media major with a concentration in computer science from Mercer, Mo., is like most students. She doesn't want to graduate college with a mountain of debt in student loans. The downturn in the economy makes these concerns even greater for current and prospective northwest students.

"Had it not been for the financial support I received from scholarships, it would have been a struggle for me to attend Northwest," Bagley said.

Dr. Phil Heeler, computer science/information systems department chair, said his department hopes to boost the number of scholarships the department offers.

"After the dot-com bust we saw a real drop in the number of students who were entering the field, but new labor statistics predict there will be many information technology openings in the near future," Heeler said. "Students from Northwest will graduate with those very skills needed to compete in the high demand job market."

Heeler said donations provided by Northwest alumni and friends will allow the department to award more scholarships based on financial need and academic merit.

"Northwest has so many opportunities to offer students who choose to study within this field that really help to prepare them for their long-term career goals," Heeler said. "It's really discouraging to have a student who is interested in our program, but we cannot compete with the scholarships being offered by other schools. Unfortunately we have lost some quality students for this very reason."

For more information about the CS/IS Alumni Scholarship, contact Polly Howard at or 660.562.1248.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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