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Western Governors University Offers Scholarships in Recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Week 2024

Financial Aid Opportunities Available for Current and Aspiring Education Professionals

Apr 2, 2024

SALT LAKE CITY, APRIL 2, 2024 Western Governors University (WGU) will celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10 by offering three scholarship programs for current and future education professionals who wish to pursue bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in the Teachers College at WGU’s School of Education, the largest nonprofit, accredited school of education in the country.

"At Western Governors University, we believe that supporting the academic aspirations of teachers is critical to the advancement of the education profession,” said WGU Senior Vice President and Executive Dean of the School of Education, Stacey Ludwig Johnson, Ph.D. “We are honored to provide financial assistance to our outstanding students who are passionate about creating dynamic and engaging learning environments in our nation’s schools.”

Each WGU Loves Teachers Scholarship and WGU Become a Teacher Scholarship is valued up to $4,000. The WGU Loves Teachers Scholarship is designed to help current teachers improve their skill set in the classroom, move into administration, or to assist aspiring teachers in obtaining the required credentials for a rewarding future career as an educator. The WGU Become a Teacher Scholarship is geared toward those interested in becoming a paraprofessional or  classroom aide, or in starting the journey to become a licensed K–12 educator.

Each of these two scholarships will be credited to the student’s account at the rate of $1,000 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms. Scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, financial need, readiness for online study at WGU, current competency, and other considerations.

In addition, from now through June 30, 2024, WGU is offering an Education Support Professionals Scholarship that may be applied toward any of Teachers College degree programs leading to teacher licensure. This scholarship, worth up to $5,000, is a unique opportunity for paraprofessionals currently working in K-12 schools to receive funds toward tuition, plus a stipend for student teaching. This scholarship will be credited to the student’s account at the rate of $625 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms, with an additional $2,500 stipend for the student teaching term.

Since its launch in 2003, WGU’s Teachers College has graduated more than 97,000 educators in every state in America and currently enrolls more than 43,000 students. By providing competency-based, flexible, online degree programs, and low, flat-rate tuition, WGU students progress through their courses as soon as they demonstrate mastery. This enables them to learn while working and graduate with less debt than their peers. 

In 2023, WGU’s Teachers College awarded more than $8 million in scholarships, marking a significant commitment to helping current and future educators earn their degrees and advance in their careers.

New and enrolling WGU students may apply for the WGU Loves Teachers Scholarship at, WGU Become a Teacher Scholarship at, and the Education Support Professionals Scholarship at, by June 30. To learn more about WGU’s Teachers College and its academic programs, visit



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