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Dr. Julie Aiken Hansen Scholarship Fund

The Dr. Julie Aiken Hansen Scholarship Fund was created to provide financial support to brand new nurses entering the field, clinical providers and nursing educators. In addition to tuition support, the fund also offers current students in select programs with funding to assist with clinical expenses students may incur. This ground breaking funding will have a great impact on our nursing students at WGU.

Scholarship amounts will vary by student. For new students, there will be two tiers of support offered. Tier 1 support will be in the amount of $2,000 a term for up to 8 terms ($16,000 total). Tier 2 support will be in the amount of $1,000 a term for up to 8 terms ($8,000 total). Scholarship department will determine which students are eligible for each tier. Current student support for non-tuition expenses related to completing clinical experiences will be a custom amount and will vary by student.

Scholarship Details

This scholarship is valued up to:


Scholarship amounts will vary but could be awarded up to $2,000 a term, renewable for up to 8 terms for new students. Students already in their program will be eligible for a custom amount based on their need at the time of application.
Interested in this scholarship? The first step is to apply for admission.

Application Deadline:


Before you can apply for this scholarship, you must first apply for admission. 
Already applied for admission? Apply for scholarships on the Scholarship Portal.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities:


This scholarship is one of many. Through the generosity of donors and institutional funding, WGU maintains a robust program of scholarships made available to qualified students.

Multiple scholarships will be awarded. However, this is a competitive program and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, financial need, readiness for online study at WGU, and current competency, plus other considerations.

Before monies are distributed, the scholarship recipients must read the WGU Student Handbook and agree to and understand the academic progress, tuition, and refund policies. The student will also be required to agree to the WGU Scholarship Terms and Conditions before monies will be awarded. The student must also meet the university’s On Time Progress requirements to maintain scholarship eligibility. Each student can only be awarded one scholarship that is funded or administered through WGU during their degree program. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens.

This scholarship can be used in addition to any tuition discounts for which you may be eligible.

3 Steps to Apply for WGU Scholarships

1. Complete the Admissions Application

To be considered for any WGU scholarships, you must be provisionally accepted as a WGU student.

Complete the admissions application and work with your enrollment counselor to move through the admissions process.

NOTE: Returning WGU graduates should complete the Returning Graduate Application.

2. Complete the General Scholarship Application

The general application is required for all WGU scholarships, and lets us learn more about you and which scholarships you may be eligible for. To access the application, you will need your MyWGU student portal credentials, which will be sent to you shortly after Step 1.

NOTE: You are eligible to apply for scholarships within 90 days of starting a degree program, either before or after. You must complete the application within 90 days of your intended start date. *Students beginning on or after October 1, 2022 will have 90 days before starting a degree program and 30 days after starting a degree program to apply for scholarships.

3. Log in to Scholarship Portal and Apply

Based on what you tell us in Step 2, we’ll let you know which scholarships you might be eligible for.  Finish up by reviewing the recommended opportunities and completing the supplemental application for each scholarship you’d like to be considered for.

NOTE: These additional applications need to be submitted within 5 days of submitting the general application.

Common Questions About Scholarships

It depends on the specific criteria for the scholarship fund. In general, we award scholarships based on the following factors:

  • Meeting the basic eligibility requirements
  • The quality of your scholarship application response
  • Financial need is also a strong consideration for most of our scholarship funds

Some scholarships are also based upon evaluations of prior college transcripts and other academic history. We encourage you to apply.

WGU evaluates scholarship applications on a continual basis because we start new students in their programs every month. Often we are able to make an award decision within 8–10 weeks of receiving your application. You will also need to have applied for admission and been accepted to the university. An Enrollment Counselor can help explain the process.

No. New scholarship awards are divided into a set amount per term. This amount is credited against your tuition due for each term. The details are explained in the description for each scholarship.

Yes. You probably should apply for federal financial aid, too. Scholarship awards will only cover a portion of your school expenses, and financial aid can help pay for the rest. You can apply for financial aid while you are waiting for a decision about your scholarship application. It will not hurt your chances to win a scholarship. Here is the full information on financial aid.

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Thank You to our Donors

Scholarship opportunities are made possible in part by the generous support of many companies, foundations, partner organizations, and individuals, including WGU alumni, faculty, and staff. Learn how donors can make a difference at WGU.

When you complete the FAFSA, be sure to list WGU’s school code.

Code: 033394

Financial Aid Is Also Available

You may choose to pay for the remaining portion of your degree through federal financial aid (subject to your eligibility). Pell Grants, which do not have to be repaid, are granted based on financial need. Federal Direct Student Loans are available to most students. Subsidized loans, which are dependent on financial need, reduce the interest due on loans.