DURHAM, N.C. — WGU North Carolina, an affiliate of online nonprofit Western Governors University, has announced a new scholarship program to help military spouses achieve their goals of higher education. Spouses of active-duty military personnel, veterans, guard, and reservists can apply for the WGU Military Spouse Scholarship valued at $4,000 ($1,000 in tuition credit per term, renewable for up to four academic terms). The scholarship can be applied to any of the university’s more than 60 accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.
The application deadline is July 30, 2022. For more information or to apply for the WGU Military Spouse Scholarship, visit www.wgu.edu/militaryspousescholarship.
According to the 2020 Military Family Lifestyle Survey sponsored by Blue Star Families, military spouses face many challenges regarding employment:
- 35% reported that they are not employed but need or want employment
- 67% of military spouses reported being underemployed
- 58% are not satisfied with their ability to advance their vocational goals in their current role
“At WGU, we understand that military moves and deployments greatly impact a spouse’s ability to earn a degree,” said Ben Coulter, Ed.D., Chancellor of WGU North Carolina, and a former career counterintelligence officer in the United States Army. “Many of our scholarships have always been available to spouses and family members, but these particular Military Spouse Scholarships were created exclusively for them.”
WGU recently announced that it is the recipient of a 2022-2023 Military Friendly® School designation and is ranked as the number one online school. This is WGU’s 12th consecutive year receiving the Military Friendly® School designation. The university has a longstanding commitment to helping servicemembers apply their knowledge and life experiences toward a high-quality degree that will open career opportunities in business, information technology, healthcare, and K–12 education.
WGU has nearly 4,000 currently enrolled students in North Carolina and more than 6,000 graduates living in the state. About one in five WGU North Carolina students is affiliated with the military community.
Designed for working adults, WGU offers an online, asynchronous, competency-based model allowing students to access and complete coursework at a time convenient to them and to accelerate at their own pace. Tuition is around $4,000 per six-month term for most undergraduate degree programs, and students can take as many courses as they wish within a term, with the consent of their assigned mentor.