Minneapolis—December 12, 2006— Walden University, an accredited online institution with 36 years of experience providing graduate-level education, has launched a need-based scholarship program to support and promote doctoral study. Known as the Walden University Doctoral Studies Scholarship, the fund is available for new PhD and EdD students across the university and is designed to increase the number of practicing scholars who will produce research to solve problems in their professions and directly implement solutions to important societal issues.

The Walden University Doctoral Studies Scholarship fund will award 100 scholarships of up to $10,000 each, which will be available to new students who meet financial need criteria, in increments of up to $2,000 per financial aid year. Walden University, with nearly 25 percent of its students enrolled in doctoral degree programs, has a strong history of post-graduate-level study in health and human services, psychology, public policy and administration, management and education for working professionals. Professionals with doctorates, especially in these sectors, fill some of the most critical roles in the betterment of society. The Doctoral Studies Scholarship is aimed at easing the financial burden on doctoral students, who typically have large education debt burden.

We are pleased to make these significant funds available to new doctoral students. These students make a considerable commitment to a rigorous research-based education in order to contribute to their professions in meaningful ways. They are the embodiment of the Walden mission, and we want to encourage and support them,” said Paula E. Peinovich, PhD, president of the university.

Those wishing to enroll for the January 2, 2007 start will need to apply to the scholarship before the December 26, 2006 deadline. The deadline for submission for the February 5, 2007 start is January 29, 2007; for the February 26, 2007 start the deadline is February 19, 2007; and for the March 5, 2007 start the deadline is February 26, 2007. For more information about the Walden Doctoral Studies Scholarship visit www.waldenu.edu or call an enrollment advisor at 866-492-5336.

About Walden University
Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees through distance learning. Today, this comprehensive, accredited online university offers master’s and doctoral degrees in education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, and health and human services, as well as master’s programs in engineering and IT and bachelor’s completion programs in business. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org; 312-263-0456.

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