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WGU Shows Appreciation for Teachers by Offering $200,000 in Scholarships

News Brief - 5/9/17

Nonprofit, competency-based university announces 100 scholarships to expand access to its top-rated Teachers College

SALT LAKE CITY — In conjunction with Teacher Appreciation Week, nonprofit Western Governors University (WGU) is offering 100 scholarships to current and aspiring teachers seeking a bachelor’s or master’s degree in education. The online university, which enrolls students the first day of every month, is also waiving the $65 application fee for prospective students who apply to a WGU Teachers College degree program by June 30.

Learn more about the WGU Teacher Appreciation Scholarship at and by following @WGU on social media.

Each WGU Teacher Appreciation Scholarship is valued at up to $2,000—$500 per six-month term for up to four terms. New and enrolling students can apply for these scholarships now through June 30 at To be eligible, scholarship applicants must be officially admitted to WGU, complete the scholarship application, and be interviewed by a WGU scholarship counselor.

While WGU will award up to 100 scholarships, recipients will be selected based on their academic records, financial need, and readiness for online study at WGU, among other considerations. WGU will also waive the $65 application fee for all scholarship applicants who apply by the scholarship deadline, just use the code: GOTEACH.

"WGU's competency-based program and affordability was irreplaceable to me,” said Brittany Pierce, a recent Master of Arts in Science Education (5-9) graduate. “I currently teach six, seventh, and eighth grade, which means I teach physical science, life science, and earth science. It was really nice to be able to go through my courses on those subjects rather quickly, but also to be able to apply the new information immediately into my curriculum."

WGU’s competency-based learning model allows students to study at times that work for their schedule, moving quickly through what they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. This allows many students to accelerate their studies, finishing faster, which saves not only time, but money.

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