Scholarship Program Aimed at Helping Citizen Soldiers Earn Degrees Online Salt Lake City — Western Governors University, a non-profit online university recognized for being military-friendly, is offering scholarships to active National Guard Members and Reservists. The competitive scholarship program, which provides up to $1,500 to awardees, has been created to help these citizen soldiers complete bachelor’s or master’s degrees in Business, Information Technology, Teacher Education, or Healthcare, including Nursing. WGU’s flexible online academics are ideal for busy military personnel who must balance job and family obligations with their studies. Because WGU is online, Guard Members and Reservists can study whenever it fits their schedules and wherever there is an Internet connection. The university’s competency-based model allows students to utilize their previous education and experience to advance in their degree programs more rapidly—the average time to complete a bachelor’s degree at WGU is approximately two and a half years. Tuition at WGU is affordable, less than $5,800 per 12-month year for most degree programs. All of WGU’s 50-plus online degree programs are approved for tuition assistance for active-duty, reserve, and National Guard personnel, and veterans are eligible for education benefits through the GI Bill®. The Reservist and National Guard Scholarship program provides recipients with $300 per six-month term for up to a maximum of five terms. Multiple scholarships will be awarded. The program is competitive, and recipients will be selected based on their academic records, readiness for online study at WGU, and current competency. For more information regarding the program, call 1.866.225.5948. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.