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June 30, 2020

Western Governors University and Bridge My Return Announce Partnership

New partnership will offer educational assistance to service members and further workplace success

ST. LOUIS – To help provide military service members with an affordable pathway to earning their graduate or undergraduate degrees and connect them with in-demand careers with military-ready companies, Western Governors University (WGU) and Bridge My Return (BMR) today announced they have entered into a partnership. Under the terms of the agreement, BMR members who enroll in one of the fully online, nonprofit university’s 60-plus undergraduate or graduate degree programs, will be eligible to take advantage of scholarships.

“Many service members are seeking higher education and skill development opportunities in a way that works for them, and from an institution that gets them,” says Bob Hogan, Founder of Bridge My Return. “WGU’s contemporary course offerings, online model, one-on-one mentoring, and competency-based advancement philosophy are tailor-made for the military community.” 

WGU is regularly ranked among the nation’s most military-friendly colleges and universities and provides the flexibility and workforce-focused degree programs needed by military personnel, veterans and their families. Of the 121,586 students currently enrolled at WGU, about 13% percent are considered to be active-duty military personnel, veterans or immediate family members of military personnel. WGU will offer BMR members access to curated degree programs that support their career interests. 

“WGU and BMR are both committed to strengthening the skillsets needed by veterans and transitioning military members to advance in the workplace, and this partnership will bolster these efforts,” said Dr. Angie Besendorfer, Regional Vice President of WGU. “Our academic programs in business, IT, teacher education and health professions, including nursing, are both flexible and affordable and prepare students with the core knowledge and skills required to succeed in the workplace. Our partnership with BMR further ensures our military service member students’ success.”

BMR members enrolled in WGU will be eligible for scholarships offered through WGU’s Military Appreciation Scholarship program. To learn more about WGU, visit  To learn more about Bridge My Return, visit

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