WGU North Carolina, an affiliate of the competency-based nonprofit Western Governors University, has announced the availability of new Salute to the Armed Forces Scholarships. The scholarships are worth up to $3,000 toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree in IT, business, healthcare, or K–12 education. Applications are now being accepted through December 31, 2019.
“North Carolina has the fourth largest population of active-duty and reserve forces in the United States,” said WGU North Carolina Chancellor Catherine Truitt. “The Salute to the Armed Forces Scholarships will help members of the military community earn academic degrees while incurring the least amount of student debt possible.”
Open to U.S. military veterans, active-duty servicemembers, reservists, and military family members newly enrolling in a WGU degree program, scholarships will be awarded at the rate of $750 per six-month term, for up to two years. For most programs, that means a reduction in tuition cost of approximately 20%. 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.
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. Presently, about 18 percent of the more than 3,500 North Carolina students enrolled in WGU are affiliated with the military community.