Belhaven University offers perk to keep students amid virus

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A private university in Mississippi is trying to attract and retain students during the cornavirus pandemic by providing full-tuition scholarships for people to earn graduate degrees online.

“Offering traditional students a free master’s degree is our way of helping our students push through these hard adjustments,” Belhaven University President Roger Parrott said in a news release. “I’m thrilled we can be the only university in America responding to COVID-19 with such an innovative solution that will propel our students.”

The news release said that the scholarship is available to first-year students, transfer students and all returning students who enroll for the traditional campus program during this fall semester. Students must remain enrolled full-time until graduating from Belhaven. The full-tuition scholarship can be used for any Belhaven University online master’s degree.