BALTIMORE – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the nonprofit online, Western Governors University (WGU), have announced a new partnership agreement that offers $5,000 scholarships for financially-active Alpha Brothers who enroll in WGU. Tuition is around $3,750 per six-month term for most degree programs.
Designed for working adults, 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. WGU offers more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.
“Since our inception, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has developed leaders and been a model for academic excellence,” said Dr. Willis L. Lonzer, III, General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. “This partnership with Western Governors University ensures that our Brothers can pursue an advance degree to expand their current career opportunities and strengthen their professional acumen while still working to support themselves and their families.”
The Fraternity, which is the nation’s first intercollegiate fraternity founded by African American men, is one the Divine 9’s historic Black Greek-Letter Organizations (BGLOs) that comprises the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC).
WGU’s NPHC Divine 9 Scholarship for Financial Alpha Phi Alpha Members will provide $3,000 in tuition credit for a student’s first six-month term, and $1,000 in tuition credit for up to two subsequent terms. All applicants must meet WGU’s admission standards and maintain satisfactory academic progress. The Fraternity will also provide a unique URL to its members to apply for the scholarships, and WGU will provide an application-fee-waiver code specifically for those members as well.
“We are extremely honored to be partnering with such a distinguished organization as Alpha Phi Alpha,” said Jason Thompson, WGU’s Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion. “Our vision to change lives for the better by creating pathways to opportunity aligns with Alpha Phi Alpha’s revered history of fostering academic excellence and developing community leaders. In addition to providing scholarships to Alpha Phi Alpha members who are interested in one of our degrees, we will be collaborating with them on professional development tools to help further their careers.”