MESA, ARIZ. -- (Aug. 15, 2013) – Wilkes University President F. Leahy today joined Mesa city officials and academic partners from Westminster College in dedicating the Mesa Center for Higher Education.Located at 245 W. 2nd St. in the city, the 53,000-square -foot building offers students a newly designed, high-tech learning environment. The first phase of development included renovation to the first floor and basement, which houses classrooms, labs, offices, conference rooms, study and gathering space.
Wilkes is one of four colleges participating in the H.E.A.T. (Healthcare, Education, Aerospace, Technology/Tourism) Initiative for Economic Development in Mesa, designed to increase college competition and spur economic growth. Wilkes was selected as a finalist for the program after institutions across the United States were invited to submit proposals by the City of Mesa.
The first Mesa cohort of students in the University’s master of business administration program will have classes in the new center. In the future, Wilkes will offer master’s degree programs in education, engineering and creative writing.
Arizona residents interested in earning their master of business administration degree can do so with Wilkes University and apply for an inaugural MBA scholarship that will reduce total tuition for the degree by as much as $15,000 for qualifying students. Wilkes will offer the scholarships to MBA students who enroll in fall 2013. Scholarships are based on undergraduate grade-point average (GPA). Professional experience will also be considered.
Recipients must be Arizona residents. Awards are available at the following levels for the 2013-14 academic year:
- $15,000 total program award equal to 50 percent of tuition per semester
Awarded to applicants with undergraduate GPA of 3.5 and above
- $7,500 total program award equal to 25 percent of tuition per semester
Awarded to applicants with undergraduate GPA of 3.0 to 3.49
- $3,000 total program award equal to 10 percent of tuition per semester
Awarded to applicants with undergraduate GPA of 2.5 to 2.99
Tuition for the MBA program is $770 per credit. Classes start in September at the Mesa Center for Higher Education, 245 West Second St.
To qualify, applicants must submit a completed program application and official undergraduate transcripts by Aug. 20, 2013. Applications can be completed online at www.wilkes.edu/Mesa.
Students who are awarded scholarships will be able to retain them for the length of the program. To retain scholarships from semester to semester, students must have continuous enrollment (fall, spring and summer terms) with a minimum of 6 credits per term, maintain good academic standing and make acceptable academic progress as determined by federal regulations.
For more information, call Michael Gundersdorf at (800) WILKES-U Ext. MESA.
About Wilkes University
Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Its main campus is located in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Founded in 1933, the university provides its students with the experience, mentoring and education necessary for career and intellectual development as well as personal growth. Recently named one of the fastest-growing universities in the United States by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wilkes offers doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education and doctor of pharmacy degrees; more than a dozen master’s degree programs, including the master of business administration and master of fine arts in creative writing; and 37 undergraduate degrees.