News Release: New Scholarships for Nurses, 12/4/09

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News Brief - 12/4/09

Western Governors University Announces New Scholarship for Nurses

Online University Offers RNs Up to $5,000 Toward Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree Programs

Despite the current recession, the shortage of registered nurses in the U.S. is projected to grow to 260,000 by 2025. The rapidly aging workforce, an increasing demand for healthcare as baby boomers age, and an inadequate supply of qualified nurse educators and managers are all factors contributing to this critical shortage. To help address the demand for baccalaureate and master’s trained RNs, Western Governors University (www.wgu.edu) has created the WGU Future of Nursing Scholarship Program. The CCNE-accredited, non-profit university will award 20 scholarships each valued at up to $5,000 ($1,000 per six-month term up to five terms) to working nurses who wish to attend college online to become educators, managers, and leaders in the healthcare field.

Eligible degrees include:

“WGU is committed to addressing critical workforce shortages by offering challenging degree programs in high-need fields,” said WGU President Robert W. Mendenhall. “Our online, competency-based degree programs, which have been developed in collaboration with healthcare industry experts, are designed for working adults who are committed to advancing in their professions. By offering these scholarships, we hope to enable dedicated nurses to move forward in their careers.”

To be eligible for the WGU Future of Nursing Scholarship, applicants must possess an unencumbered RN license and an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing, or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis—applicant G.P.A., letters of recommendation, telephone interview, and essay will be considered. For more information regarding the scholarship, go to www.wgu.edu/nursingscholarship or call 1-866-225-5948.