Fort Smith, AR
"I am now pursuing my masters and encouraging my children to make choices that are best suited for their continuing education endeavors."
Jason Rose, 40, knows what it is like raising a family without a college degree. Now, he wants to be an example for his children by completing his Master of Science in Engineering Management degree at the University of Arkansas.
“I have spent the last 20 years of my life trying to succeed without a degree while raising three children,” Rose said. “My parents are not college educated, and we lived paycheck-to-paycheck growing up. With my oldest child approaching 21 and my other two in junior high and high school, I felt that for them to understand what is required to be successful in life, I should be the example. I am now pursuing my masters and encouraging my children to make choices that are best suited for their continuing education endeavors. They are not only getting the guidance for success that I never received as a child, but they are experiencing the transformation firsthand as they observe my journey.”
Rose graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the U of A in December 2019. A master’s degree will further strengthen his skills as an engineer and propel his success, he said.
“I am confident that my children will grow in success because of my decision to continue my education but I will also be a role model for others my age who feel like they have surpassed the time in their life to make changes,” Rose said.
Rose is one of 23 people to receive the W.E. Manning Memorial Scholarship for online U of A students for the 2020-2021 academic year. He plans to potentially pursue another degree.
“Receiving this scholarship means a great deal,” he said. “I have not worked lately because I was taking 20-plus hours each semester for my undergrad engineering degree and would not have been able to work and maintain a family life.”