Press Release: Small Business Scholarships, 11/19/09

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News Brief - 11/19/09

New Scholarship to Help Small Business Employees Complete Business Degrees Online

Western Governors University Launches Small Business Leadership Scholarship

Western Governors University, www.wgu.edu, has launched a new scholarship program for employees and owners of small businesses who want to complete their bachelor’s degrees online in Business. The Small Business Leadership Scholarship provides up to $3,000 toward tuition at the online university for as many as 30 qualifying students.

Eligible degrees include:

“Small businesses are vital to the U.S. economy,” said Patrick Partridge, WGU vice president of marketing and enrollment. “To help them compete with larger companies, these businesses need employees who have completed their degrees from a high-quality college or university. WGU is committed to help these businesses and their employees meet their goals by offering rigorous degree programs that prepare employees for work in the real world. This scholarship program will allow more employees of small businesses, which often can’t offer tuition reimbursement, the opportunity to finish their bachelor’s degrees.”

To qualify for the Small Business Leadership Scholarship, applicants must work for a company with fewer than 500 employees, have completed an associate’s degree or at least 60 hours of collegiate coursework with a GPA of at least 3.2, and be admitted to WGU. Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis—applicant GPA, letters of recommendation, and essay will be considered.