News Brief - 8/29/17 Partnership provides employees access to an exclusive tuition discount and scholarships toward earning a college degree SALT LAKE CITY Shriners Hospitals for Children®, one of the nation’s most recognized names in pediatric specialty care for children, recently announced a national partnership with Western Governors University (WGU). As part of the partnership, Shriners Hospitals employees have access to an exclusive tuition discount as well as scholarships. In addition to a 5 percent tuition discount for any of WGU’s 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, Shriners Hospitals employees will be eligible to apply for scholarships available through the WGU Healthcare Partners Fund. The Fund grants scholarships of up to $2,500. Learn more about the WGU-Shriners Hospitals for Children partnership at wgu.edu/landing/shriners. “Our goal is that 80 percent of our direct-care nurses have a bachelor of science degree in nursing or higher by 2020, as recommended by the Institute of Medicine,” said Marjorie McEttrick-Maloney, Chief Nursing Officer, Shriners Hospitals for Children. “We are committed to meeting this objective, and we value each and every one of our nurses for their dedication and passion. As such, Shriners Hospitals for Children looks forward to the partnership with WGU to meet the needs of our nurses’ and all employees’ future education.” Founded in 1922, Shriners Hospitals for Children provides the highest quality care to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. The environment at Shriners Hospitals embodies a compassionate, family-centered, and collaborative care setting. WGU’s competency-based learning model makes it possible for working adults to fit studying into their busy lives. While WGU’s online degree programs are rigorous and challenging, students can earn their degrees without sacrificing work, family, and financial obligations. Students complete courses as soon as they demonstrate that they have mastered the materials, enabling them to move quickly through material they already know and spend more time on what they still need to learn. As a result, many students are able to accelerate their studies, finishing faster and saving money—the average time to complete a bachelor’s degree is about two and half years. WGU’s tuition after the 5 percent discount is about $2,850 per six-month term and covers all coursework completed in that time. WGU offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in health professions (including nursing), information technology, business and teaching. "WGU is committed to changing lives through education,” said WGU President Scott Pulsipher. “WGU’s academic programs ensure graduates have the core knowledge and skills required to compete and succeed in the workplace, while also helping partners like Shriners Hospitals for Children address their critical professional development needs."