SALT LAKE CITY — To honor all those who have served our country, nonprofit, online Western Governors University (WGU) is offering $750,000 in scholarships for veterans, active-duty military, reservists, and military family members who want to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in high-demand fields including IT, business, K-12 education, and health professions, including nursing. Applications are now being accepted through December 31, 2018, for the WGU Salute to Veterans Scholarship.
Each WGU Salute to Veterans Scholarship is valued at up to $3,000 — $750 per six-month term for up to four terms. WGU will award up to 250 scholarships to new students throughout the country.
“When my husband leaves the Marine Corps next year, I will take my turn as the primary breadwinner for our family. This scholarship has allowed me to get my career going so that I can rise to the occasion,” said Domonique Vigil, a WGU student from Southern California, who is pursuing her master’s degree in English Education. “It’s time for me to get back into the workforce now that we’re nearing the end of our adventure as a military family.”
WGU has been recognized for 11 consecutive years by Military Advanced Education & Transition as a “Top School” and for seven consecutive years as a Military Friendly® School. WGU currently serves more than 12,000 students who are active-duty military personnel, veterans, or dependent family members of military personnel, who account for roughly 11% of WGU’s student body.
All WGU programs are competency-based, providing the flexibility veterans and their families need. Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, competency-based education allows students to take advantage of their knowledge and real-world experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. WGU faculty members work one-on-one with students as mentors, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction. While WGU’s degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their programs, saving both time and money.
The WGU Salute to Veterans Scholarship is open to new students who have been officially admitted to WGU and are a U.S. military veteran, active-duty or retired military, reservist, military spouse or child. While multiple scholarships will be awarded, this is a competitive program, and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations.
Learn more at www.wgu.edu/veterans.
Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 106,000 students nationwide and has more than 122,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 21 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and was featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.