CINCINNATI, April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nonprofit, online Western Governors University (WGU) and the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) announced today a scholarship program for alumni and staff of the 23 member community colleges in Ohio. Students that have graduated with an associate's degree or are employed at one of the 23 community colleges are eligible to apply.
The WGU Ohio Community College Scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, will be applied at the rate of $625 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms, toward WGU's already low tuition of about $6,000 per year for most programs.
Learn more about the WGU Ohio Community College Scholarships at www.wgu.edu/oacc and by following @WGU on social media.
Last fall, WGU and the OACC announced a partnership that allows Ohio community college graduates to seamlessly transfer their coursework to WGU while also receiving a 5% tuition discount. Today's scholarship announcement builds on that partnership, making it even more affordable for community college graduates and staff to complete their college journey with a bachelor's or master's degree.
WGU uses an innovative approach to learning called competency-based education, which focuses on measuring learning rather than time spent in class. Students earn their degrees by demonstrating mastery of the subject matter they need to be successful—real-world competencies developed in collaboration with employers.
Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, competency-based education allows students to take advantage of their knowledge and experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. WGU faculty members work one-on-one with students as mentors, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction. While WGU's degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their progress, saving both time and money.
This scholarship is open to new WGU students who have been officially admitted to WGU. While multiple scholarships will be awarded, it is a competitive program. Scholarships will be awarded based on the candidate's academic record, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations. For more information on the WGU Ohio Community College Scholarship and additional WGU scholarships, visit www.wgu.edu/scholarships.
Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves 80,000 students nationwide and has more than 79,000 graduates in all 50 states, including more than 1,600 students and 2,000 graduates in Ohio. Driving innovation as the nation's leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 20 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today's rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, and was featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.
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