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How a Didgeridoo Sound Therapist Returned to Syracuse University 25 Years Later
World maps, used books and didgeridoos line the walls of an office while sounds of a keyboard clacking taper off in the corner. Illuminated by his computer screen, College of Professional Studies student Joseph Carringer reviews his assignments for a liberal studies course.
It’s been more than 25 years since the small business entrepreneur took a Syracuse University course. Now, he’s tackling two majors and three minors—an undertaking that wouldn’t have been possible when Carringer’s past self ran out of tuition funding. Now, scholarships fuel his education and it’s all possible through the plethora of scholarship opportunities funded by University donors.
When Carringer returned to Syracuse University to study online in Spring 2020, the pandemic offered more time to focus on education. However, work opportunities, which Carringer was depending on to support his education, dwindled. This limited the amount of courses Carringer could take and prolonged his estimated graduation date.
In the 2021-22 academic year, 51 scholarships were awarded to College of Professional Studies students. For students like Carringer, scholarships are vital to keeping to their education journey alive.
Carringer is a didgeridoo sound therapist and chief executive officer of a sustainable apparel consulting firm. As a recipient of the Distant Drums Scholarship, Carringer was offered financial relief to pursue his studies after his small businesses were impacted by COVID-19. Through scholarships, Carringer says he was able to “approach his studies like a full-time job” and completely immersed himself in his education.
“I originally left school because I ran out of money,” says Carringer. “With scholarships, I never once had to question if I’m going to be able to finish. Not only do I have my Syracuse education, but it’s paid for and I’m incredibly grateful for it.”
The most significant force of funding for tuition during the 2020-21 academic year was more than $282 million awarded to students in the form of University grants and scholarships.
“Post-traditional students are often working to transition into the next phase of their careers and depend on scholarships to reduce tuition costs and other expenses associated with completing their degrees,” says Michael Frasciello, dean of the College of Professional Studies. “The growing portfolio of scholarships at the College of Professional Studies draws from range of resources including government-sponsored student assistance programs, privately funded education initiatives, and college-specific aid. If a student qualifies for aid, we will work tirelessly to find the support.”
The opportunities provided by the College of Professional Studies has allowed Carringer to unlock a new foundation of skills to advance his career. Powered by scholarships, Carringer has completed 24 credits in the spring 2022 semester with a 4.0 GPA. Pursuing an online creative leadership degree, Carringer expects to complete his studies in fall 2022. The online program option offered a flexible form of education and challenged Carringer to enhance his skills in communication, leadership and management.
“The College of Professional Studies is the most unrealized gem,” Carringer said. “I’m able to leave as a more well-rounded individual.”
To learn more about scholarship opportunities, visit the College of Professional Studies website.
About the College of Professional Studies
The College of Professional Studies is a global, inclusive and future-facing college, providing access to diverse students and learners seeking a Syracuse University degree, credential, certificate or education experience.