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WGU Offers $500,000 in Smart Choice Scholarships

News Brief - 7/10/17

Nonprofit, competency-based university announces scholarships designed to help students make the smart choice in higher education

SALT LAKE CITY — To help students better afford investing in their future through education, Western Governors University (WGU) is now offering 250 Smart Choice Scholarships—each valued at up to $2,000—$500 per six-month term for up to four terms.

Learn more about WGU's Smart Choice Scholarship at

Each Smart Choice Scholarship is open to new and enrolling students in any of the more than 60 bachelor's and master's degree programs offered at WGU. Applications are now being accepted for these scholarships through September 30 at

To be eligible for this 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 250 scholarships, recipients will be selected based on their academic records, financial needs, and readiness for online study at WGU, among other considerations.

"You can really fit WGU into your lifestyle in more ways than one," said Lauren Vagelakos, a recent WGU graduate. "You can fit it into your schedule and you can fit it into your budget."

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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