After he retired from the military, Michael Vigil formed a plan to enter the workforce and build a career in the United States Forest Service. A key component of that plan was obtaining a college degree. This brought Michael to Ashford University, where he pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management degree.
Michael’s education began to pay dividends soon after he completed his degree program in 2015. He was accepted into the Forest Service’s Pathways Program, a career development program for recent college graduates.
“Finishing at Ashford helped me get into the program,” Michael says. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without my degree.”
Michael’s success in the bachelor’s program inspired him to take the next step in his educational journey. He heard about the Senior Project Scholarship that the Forbes School of Business & Technology awards each year to help students graduating from a bachelor’s program pay for a master’s degree. Knowing it was too good an opportunity to pass up, Michael applied, was selected for, and enrolled in the Master of Arts in Organizational Management program.
“The scholarship helped me manage the cost of my master’s program, especially with my daughter starting college in the fall,” Michael says. “I’m setting an example for my kids that education matters. The scholarship lets me earn my degree, and I can spread out my funds to help my daughter with school, too.”