NASHVILLE — State-endorsed, nonprofit university WGU Tennessee is celebrating the successes of 2017 and looking forward to 2018 by awarding 10 Tennesseans $10,000 as part of its Tenn-K Scholarship.
“The Drive to 55 has greatly increased access to higher education for Tennesseans, and as a partner in the initiative, we’re very pleased to see significant enrollment and alumni growth for the fourth consecutive year,” said Dr. Kimberly Estep, WGU Tennessee chancellor. “As we celebrate our accomplishments from 2017 and look ahead to the new year, we’re also heavily promoting our Tenn-K scholarship to make college degrees even more accessible and affordable to deserving Tennesseans.
WGU Tennessee’s 2017 accomplishments include:
- Surpassing 3,750 in student enrollment
- Exceeding 2,500 graduates statewide
- Becoming the fifth-largest private, nonprofit college in Tennessee (based on full-time enrollment)
- Awarding more than $475,000 in scholarship funding to Tennesseans
- Having active students in 92 of 95 counties
- Having the pleasure of hosting Gov. Bill Haslam as the keynote speaker at the school’s fourth commencement ceremony
- Adding two new degree programs (Cybersecurity and Information Assurance and Cloud and Systems Administration) to its College of Information Technology
- Signing two new partnerships with hospitals in Franklin and Fayetteville to increase employee access to higher education
- Earning The Tennessean’s Top Workplace award for the fourth consecutive year
“We’re looking forward to several big milestones in 2018, including our fifth anniversary and possibly surpassing 5,000 enrolled students,” Estep said. “But before then, we’re really excited about awarding $10,000 scholarships to up to 10 Tennesseans across the state.”
The scholarship — which is valued at $2,500 per term for up to four six-month terms –covers more than 80 percent of WGU Tennessee’s already-low tuition of about $3,250 per term for most programs, and will be awarded based on the student’s academic record, readiness for online study, and demonstrated financial need.