CHARLOTTE — WGU North Carolina Chancellor Catherine Truitt made a special trip from Durham to Charlotte yesterday to attend Veterans Bridge Home’s monthly Uptown Lunch and make a special announcement with VBH Executive Director Blake Bourne. WGU North Carolina is partnering with VBH to offer eight Veterans Appreciation Scholarships to military veterans in the greater Charlotte area.
One scholarship valued at $10,000 plus seven scholarships valued at $2,500 will be awarded to military veterans in VBH’s ten-county service area, consisting of Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union and York Counties. Winners of the $2,500 scholarships will be credited with $625 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms, and the winner of the $10,000 scholarship will be credited with $2,500 per term. Tuition is about $3,225 per six-month term for most WGU degree programs.
Scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s confirmed veteran status, academic record, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15, 2019. More information on the Veterans Appreciation Scholarships can be found at www.wgu.edu/vbh.
“Veterans bring a wealth of practical experience in leadership, management, or other technical skills, but often do not have the bachelor’s or graduate degrees that hiring managers are looking for in job applicants,” said Blake Bourne, executive director for Veterans Bridge Home. “These WGU North Carolina Veterans Appreciation Scholarships offer veterans a great opportunity to realize their educational and professional goals while reducing the financial barriers to achievement.”
“We briefly mentioned the scholarships earlier this year at a Charlotte Knights game where WGU hosted more than 130 veterans and their family members,” said Truitt. “I am happy to announce the official launch of the Veterans Appreciation Scholarships in partnership with Veterans Bridge Home. We recognize the important work VBH does and hope that these scholarships will assist them in their mission of helping veterans transition to civilian life after military service.”
WGU North Carolina is an affiliate of the national nonprofit online Western Governors University. 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 nearly 3,300 North Carolina students enrolled in WGU are affiliated with the military community. WGU is fully accredited and offers more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in information technology, business, healthcare and K-12 education.