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April 5, 2021

Loudon County Resident Surprised With $10,000 Scholarship From WGU Tennessee

The $10,000 scholarship, a part of the Tenn-K Scholarship campaign, will cover up to 75% of their degree program

LENOIR CITYWGU Tennessee – a nonprofit, online university – surprised Loudon County resident Devon Edmisten with a $10,000 scholarship as part of the Tenn-K Scholarship campaign, which will cover up to 75% of his degree program.

Edmisten learned that she had been awarded the Tenn-K Scholarship during a surprise Zoom call with Kim Estep, vice president, Southern Region, Western Governors University.

“It’s always exciting to acknowledge the hard work of professionals who have chosen to go back to school with our annual Tenn-K Scholarship,” Estep said. “Devon is passionate about her work in the health care field, and I’m honored to help her progress toward her goals.”

As her role began to move from a case worker to educating the hospital staff, Edmisten realized that her passion was with improving processes for patient care workflows within the health care system. She realized that the only way to move up and become a full-time educator was to pursue her master’s degree. After researching many different programs, she chose WGU because the degree programs were specifically designed for those who wanted to become effective and transformational leaders in the health care industry.

“My family supported and encouraged me to go back to school for my MBA,” Edmisten said. “I want my school-age children to be able to see that pursuing your dream career is possible with dedication and hard work.”

Edmisten is pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree in health care management with hopes of leading and managing a behavioral intervention team within a hospital setting.

Edmisten 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.

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