ODU online student Raven Morris
Raven Morris

The Hampton Roads chapter of the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) recently awarded a $2,000 scholarship to Old Dominion University student Raven Morris.

Morris completed an associate of science in engineering before starting a bachelor’s degree with ODUOnline. She’s currently working on a Bachelor of Science in Modeling and Simulation Engineering and maintains a 4.0 GPA. The scholarship provides $1,000 for both the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters, covering tuition and fees. 

She credits a lot of her success to the flexibility of ODUOnline.

"I enjoy taking classes with ODUOnline. I love the flexibility it provides, and the fact that I can stay home with my family while I attend college, which helps me to save money,” Morris said.  "It takes a lot of self-motivation and independence to be an online university student. As a digital native and former homeschooler, I developed these skills early on. Technology is second nature to me, and therefore online learning is the perfect choice for my education."

As a modeling and simulation engineering major, Morris is on the cutting edge of data technology. Modeling, simulation and visualization graduates often find careers in a wide range of fields, spanning from virtual reality and health care to transportation and infrastructure. 

Morris offers advice to other online students. She says, "It helps to be completely organized before an online class starts. As soon as my professors post their syllabus, I read them to become familiar with each professor's communication policy and overall expectations. I also print the provided schedule for each class so that I can see the progression of the entire course. This helps to keep me prepared for tests and important assignment deadlines."

For more information about Old Dominion University’s modeling and simulation program both on campus and online, visit

Old Dominion University has been delivering distance learning programs for 30 years. We offer over 100 programs through ODUOnline in a variety of formats, allowing students to complete degree programs all over the world. Each program has the same academic rigor online and on-campus, and the same diploma. To date, over 14,000 degrees have been awarded in our distance learning programs.