CLARKSVILLE– WGU Tennessee – a nonprofit, online university – surprised Clarksville resident Jennifer Parker with a $10,000 scholarship as part of the Tenn-K Scholarship campaign, which will cover up to 75% of the costs of her degree program.
Parker learned that she had been awarded the Tenn-K Scholarship during a surprise Zoom call with Kim Estep, vice president, Southeast Region, Western Governors University.
“With her nursing background, Jennifer is dedicated to supporting families in local school districts on how to keep their children safe and flourishing, and we’re proud to help her progress toward her goals,” Estep said. “Awarding Tenn-K scholarships to hardworking and deserving Tennesseans across the state always makes us hopeful for what is to come.”
As the lead R.N. at a local otolaryngology voice clinic, Parker loved being able to treat patients on a daily basis and manage her team. She found that her true passion was educating her team and patients to help find the best solutions for their health and advocating for change.
“I know I want to do more in my career, so I decided it was time to do something for myself,” Parker said. “With this scholarship, I’ll be able to pursue my dream career without worrying about cost.”
Parker is part of the nursing education program in WGU Tennessee’s R.N. to MSN program with hopes to influence the future of nursing and health care in school systems in her community.
Parker is one of up to 10 Tennesseans who will earn WGU Tennessee’s 2021 Tenn-K Scholarship. The scholarship – which covers roughly two-thirds of WGU Tennessee’s already-low tuition of $3,500 per term for most programs – is awarded based on students’ academic records, readiness for online study, and demonstrated financial need. For those interested in learning more, please click here. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2021.