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Press Release: Video Voting Begins

Western Governors University Video Scholarship Contest Now in Voting Phase

SALT LAKE CITY -- Yes, your vote counts! You can help a complete stranger —or maybe a personal friend—win a $7,500 scholarship for an online degree at WGU. View all the videos at

Western Governors University has completed the submission phase of its scholarship video contest. Ending with 37 entries, contestants danced, rapped and sang for their chance to win. By rating a video, you will help select the five finalists and the eventual winner.

Contestants were asked to submit a video explaining why they or someone they know deserve to earn a scholarship and how earning a degree from WGU would change their life. Video submissions are judged on the following criteria: quality of video (45 percent), number of votes (40 percent) and the amount of views the video received (15 percent).

WGU is a non-profit, accredited online university. The scholarship is part of WGU's mission to expand access to quality higher education for busy adults.

With the submission period now over, voting to determine the top five will continue until Saturday, August 23rd. Following the voting period, the five finalists will be announced on Monday, August 25th, at noon EST. Voting will then be re-opened for the top five videos and WGU's selected panel of judges will then reevaluate the finalists and determine the prizes. All winners will be announced on September 3rd.

All finalists will receive a prize. The entire prize list is as follows:

Grand Prize: $7,500 scholarship (payable at $1,500 every six-month term enrolled for up to five terms) and $500
Second Place: $3,000 scholarship (payable at $1,000 every six-month term enrolled for up to three terms) and $500
Third Place: $2,000 scholarship (payable at $1,000 every six-month term enrolled for up to two terms) or $500
Two Runner-up Prizes: $100 gift certificates (Amazon is not a sponsor of this contest)

The WGU scholarships can be used for students pursuing an online degree in any discipline offered by WGU in its Colleges of Business, Education, Information Technology and Health Professions.

Get ready to smile, laugh and cry as you select your favorite videos.

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