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Special Scholarship Opportunity for Nurses

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You Could Get $5,000 Toward Your BSN or MSN Degrees

Margaret McClure—the “Mother of Magnet”—is a champion of the value of higher education in nursing. She pioneered the charge to create the 80/20 Magnet movement, an effort to see 80% of RNs achieve BSN status by 2020. And for 12 years, she has served on the WGU Nursing Advisory Council, helping drive WGU's innovative nursing programs.

To honor her service and leadership, WGU is pleased to offer the Margaret McClure Scholarship, a prestigious award worth up to $5,000 toward tuition in most of WGU’s Leavitt School of Health degree programs. Four recipients will be selected, one per quarter, for their demonstrated activism or innovation in nursing that improves patient outcomes.

Nursing is a career based on constant learning, growth, and development. The skills and know-how that an RN must master are varied, complex, and life-saving. The impact of these skills can be greatly compounded with the increased knowledge of theory, policy, and leadership gained in a BSN or MSN program. WGU’s nursing and healthcare degree programs specialize in the kind of patient-centered, evidence-based practice that will truly revolutionize health in the 21st century.

“Western Governors University students are truly versatile, able to learn efficiently and effectively, able to master change at the same pace as their company, and are self-motivated."
John Steele
Sr. Vice President, Human Resources
HCA Healthcare

“WGU helped pioneer competency-based education. Coupling this with online courses has resulted in a nimble, contemporaneous education process that prepares its graduates to succeed while aiding the rapid evolution of the delivery of healthcare."

Paul Handel, M.D.
Member of the Board of Directors
Medecision, Inc.

“Our collaborative partnership with WGU, and its innovative nursing programs, is an important addition to our programs to prepare individuals to enter the nursing profession.”

Linda Burnes Bolton,
Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer

"WGU is about fundamental change in the way higher education is delivered. It's right, it's real, and it's efficient. It's what higher education will require to succeed in the future."

Michael O. Leavitt,
Former U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services
Former Governor of Utah

Earn a Health Degree That Advances Your Career

Gain the comprehensive knowledge you need to become an expert in the nursing and healthcare field. A WGU healthcare degree can help you achieve the recognition and career progression you deserve. Employers are satisfied and they recognize our grads' performance. In fact in 2022, a survey found that 99% of employers said WGU graduates met or exceeded their expectations. Over the last 25 years, WGU has been a pioneer in reinventing higher education. Our students and their employers continue to reap the rewards of this dedicated commitment.  

The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing, master's degree programs in nursing, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at WGU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Your Degree is Closer Than You Think

New students can begin their first term at the beginning of any month. So you can start when you’re ready, rather than rushing (or waiting) for fall or spring enrollment.


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