KENT – In grateful recognition of Veteran’s Day and all US military personnel, WGU Washington has extended the application deadline for its Honoring Our Heroes Scholarship. The new deadline is December 31, 2021. The scholarship is open to service members, veterans, spouses, and dependents of the U.S. Armed Forces—and is intended as a tribute to the individuals that inspire applicants to pursue their dreams.
“Those who answer the call to serve are often motivated to so by the wonderful examples set by others,” said Angela Condon, WGU Washington’s military strategic partnerships manager. “WGU Washington’s Honoring Our Heroes Scholarship honors the individuals who show us what it means – and give us the resolve – to be our best.”
The online, nonprofit university developed the scholarship in partnership with the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF). Named for 1st Lt. Travis Manion, a US Marine killed in combat in Iraq in 2007, TMF’s mission aligns perfectly with the intent of the Honoring Our Heroes Scholarship
"Travis Manion Foundation strives to unite and strengthen communities by training, developing, and highlighting veterans to serve as the role models who lead them," said TMF Regional Manager, Julie Politakis. "We are honored to partner with WGU on the Honoring Our Heroes Scholarship, and to offer our professional development programs and training opportunities, to empower even more veterans and families of the fallen to pass on their values to the next generation and the community at large."
Each scholarship award is valued up to $4,000 and will be credited to students’ accounts at the rate of $1,000 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms. The previous deadline to apply was November 11, 2021.
WGU Washington is the state-based affiliate of nationally recognized Western Governors University (WGU). WGU has been named one of the top Military Friendly® Schools for 11 consecutive years by Military Advanced Education and Transition Magazine. More than 17,200 WGU students are currently affiliated with the military – including nearly 1,500 in Washington state. Earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree from WGU can help them transition into a rewarding, high-paying civilian position upon graduation.
WGU’s programs are competency-based, providing flexibility and workforce-focused degree programs active-duty military members, veterans, and their families need. Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, competency-based education allows students to move quickly through material they already know, so they can focus on what they still need to learn – rather than basing progress on time spent in class. Faculty members work one-on-one with students as mentors, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction. While the university’s degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their programs, saving them both time and money.
Learn more about the Honoring Our Heroes Scholarship.
Learn more about the Travis Manion Foundation and its partnership with WGU.
About Travis Manion Foundation
Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) unites communities to strengthen America's national character by empowering veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop and lead future generations. In 2007, 1st Lt. Travis Manion (USMC) was killed in Iraq while saving his wounded teammates. Today, Travis' legacy lives on in the words he spoke before leaving for his final deployment, "If Not Me, Then Who ... " Guided by this mantra, veterans continue their service, develop strong relationships with their communities, and thrive in their post-military lives by serving as character role models to youth. As a result, communities prosper, and the character of our nation's heroes lives on in the next generation.
The story of 1st Lt. Travis Manion and his Naval Academy brother Lt. (SEAL) Brendan Looney have been publicized in the book Brothers Forever, and additional information about the Foundation can be found at www.travismanion.org.