ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany State University students now have an opportunity at free graduate school education in California.
The school teamed up with UCLA to add ASU to an initiative backed by the university of California system. The purpose: Have Historically Black College students attain higher degrees for free.
Professor Florence Lyons described how she got ASU involved.
"I was online one day," said Lyons. "And I read about the opportunities that some of the other HBCUs are getting, and so I thought that this would be perfect for Albany State University."
For senior Stephanie Dixon, it was music to her ears.
"It's hard to pay for school even as a undergraduate," said the theater major. "So if they offer it to you, or any other student, you better go for it."
More than 80 fellows from other Historically Black Colleges were the program this past summer. As a direct result, 15 students are Ph.D. or Masters students currently enrolled at University of California campuses.
Dixon has her research pitch which she hopes gets her accepted.
"Innovative strategies for teaching theater and other disciplines," said Dixon.
The Associate Dean for the UCLA Graduate division explains the process.
"The first part is really a summer initiative, said Carlos Grijalva. "And if the students completed the program, and they actually got admitted into a UC campus, one of our ten campuses, they will have full funding."
Officials from both schools feel it will be mutually beneficial.
"I think it's a win-win for us, said Lyons. "I think it's a win for them because they get to have our students conduct research on their campus, and it's a win for us because it gives our students that opportunity."