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WGU North Carolina Announces 2021 Military Service Scholarship Winners

Seven recipients receive $2,500 credit toward a degree from WGU

Aug 31, 2021

DURHAM, N.C. – For the third consecutive year, WGU North Carolina has offered scholarships exclusively for the military community—including currently serving military members, veterans, and their families—in the state. WGU North Carolina’s Military Service Scholarships offer $2,500 in tuition credit and can be applied to any of the more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degrees offered by WGU in business, IT, education, and healthcare, including nursing. 

WGU North Carolina is pleased to announce the 2021 Military Service Scholarships have been awarded to the following individuals:

Euboea Blakely, Raleigh
Kendra Carmichael, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
Carley Cooper, Richlands
Steve Johnson, Charlotte
Sara O’Dell, Topton
Marissa Ortega, Fort Bragg
Sarah Polanco, Jacksonville

The scholarships were awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations. Winners are credited with $625 per term, renewable for up to four terms. Since its inception, the Military Service Scholarships program has awarded more than $57,000 in tuition credit to WGU North Carolina students. 

WGU North Carolina is an affiliate of the national nonprofit online Western Governors University, and currently serves more than 3,600 students across all 100 North Carolina counties. Tuition at WGU is around $4,000 per six-month term for most degree programs, and students can accelerate through as many courses within a term as they are comfortable with. WGU has been named a Military Friendly® School for 11 consecutive years. 

“Congratulations to our 2021 Military Service Scholarship winners!” said WGU North Carolina Chancellor Ben Coulter, Ed.D. “As a former Army officer, my first action transitioning from the military was earning an advanced degree that jumpstarted my next career path. I know firsthand the difference that postsecondary education, coupled with experience gained through military service, can have on achieving long-term career goals.”

“It was an absolute pleasure to meet some of these scholarship winners virtually and to surprise them with the news that they actually won it,” said Michael Merzke, Strategic Partnerships Manager for WGU North Carolina. “These scholarships are just a small way to recognize and thank members of North Carolina’s military community for their service and sacrifices.”

For more information about WGU North Carolina and all available WGU scholarships, visit

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