DURHAM — On October 5, 2017, Western Governors University President Scott Pulsipher visited the North Carolina Legislative Building in Raleigh to officially launch WGU North Carolina as a state affiliate. The establishment of WGU North Carolina was previously authorized by the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory in October 2015. In recognition of its third anniversary, Chancellor Catherine Truitt has announced the launch of the WGU North Carolina Three for Three Scholarships. Ten residents will receive $3,000 each in tuition credit (at $750 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms).
Designed for working adults, WGU is an accredited, nonprofit online university offering more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degrees in IT, business, K-12 teacher education, and healthcare, including nursing. WGU offers an asynchronous, competency-based model that allows students to log in and access coursework at a time convenient for them, and to accelerate at their own pace. Tuition is around $3,250 per six-month term for most undergraduate degree programs.
Over the past three years, WGU North Carolina’s enrollment has more than tripled to 3,900 active students. School officials also shared the following statistics (as of September 2020):
- 4,217 WGU graduates live in 97 of North Carolina’s 100 counties
- Over the past three years, nearly $1.3 million in scholarships has been awarded to 606 recipients
- 74% of students work full-time, and 10% work part-time
- Students range in age from 17 to 75
- 22% of students are from low-income families
- One in five WGU North Carolina students is affiliated with the military community
“WGU North Carolina was established to expand access to higher education in our state, and at this time, an affordable degree in a high-demand field can provide individuals with the means to help their families weather tough economic times and eventually thrive when things return to normal,” said Chancellor Truitt. “Our Three for Three Scholarships will provide meaningful assistance to ten individuals who are committed to furthering their education and their careers.”
To apply for the WGU North Carolina Three for Three Scholarships, you must be a resident of North Carolina. 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. The application deadline is December 31. To learn more about the WGU North Carolina Three for Three Scholarships or to apply, visit nc.wgu.edu/3for3.
For more information about WGU North Carolina, visit nc.wgu.edu.