AUSTIN – In celebration of its 10th anniversary today, online, nonprofit, competency-based university WGU Texas plans to award 10 newly enrolled Texans $10,000 each in scholarships. In 2020 alone, WGU Texas awarded more than $1.6 million to 936 students, and 26.6 % of applicants were awarded scholarships during the 2021 fiscal year. Ninety-four percent of students who receive a scholarship go on to graduate from WGU.
In its ten-year history as a state affiliate, WGU Texas has strived to be a viable option for the nearly four million Texans who have some college education and no degree by putting higher education within reach of more Texans with affordable tuition and scholarships.
Since its founding, WGU Texas has:
- Awarded 4,221 scholarships to qualifying Texans, totaling nearly $8.5 million over its first decade, serving more than 22% of graduates
- Enrolled students and graduates living and working in 233 of the state’s 254 counties
- Graduated over 20,000 students, with more than 13,800 students currently enrolled
“WGU Texas provides affordable, accessible, quality education to all Texans—particularly underserved adults with life commitments and financial obstacles that might otherwise prevent them from furthering their education,” said Linda Battles, Regional Director of WGU Texas. “Our online, competency-based education model has allowed more adults earn a degree in Texas, provided more Texans with marketable skills, and helped reduce the burden of student loan debt. These accomplishments support the goals of 60x30TX, which aims to improve Texas’ economic future through higher education. We look forward to another decade supporting our state’s workforce needs and providing pathways for more students to achieve their educational and career goals.”
WGU Texas offers over 60 accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, information technology, K–12 education, and health professions, including nursing. A state-based subsidiary of nationally recognized, accredited, nonprofit Western Governors University, WGU Texas is open to all qualified Texas residents. WGU Texas’ affordable tuition and competency-based model allows students more flexibility to graduate at their own pace.
Recipients will be awarded $2,500 toward their tuition each six-month term for up to four terms. Applications are open, and scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis. Applications will close on Oct. 30, 2021, and prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
For more information on the WGU Texas 10th Anniversary Scholarship and to apply, visit texas.wgu.edu/10x10. For more on WGU Texas' 10th Anniversary, visit our anniversary page. For more information on WGU Texas, visit texas.wgu.edu or follow the university on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.