WGU Announces New Scholarship for Emerging Business Leaders Online, competency-based university supports professional development with scholarships of up to $2,000 towards bachelor's degrees in business

SALT LAKE CITY, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Western Governors University (WGU), www.wgu.edu, is encouraging business leaders with some college experience to continue their professional development with a new scholarship for degree programs in the online competency-based university's College of Business.

The Emerging Leaders in Business Scholarship is designed for new students who are pursuing a bachelor's degree in business. The scholarships provide $500 per six-month term for up to four terms. The total scholarship value is $2,000.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, students must have completed an associate's degree or at least 40 college credits. Applicants must also be working as a business professional and have completed an application for admission to WGU. Other requirements include completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), an interview with a WGU Scholarship Counselor, and an essay describing why they want to finish their degree. Degree programs eligible for the scholarship include:

While WGU will award multiple scholarships, the Emerging Leaders in Business Scholarship is a competitive program. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic record, financial need, readiness for online study, and current competency. The application deadline is June 30, 2014. For more information on the Emerging Leaders in Business Scholarship, visit http://www.wgu.edu/emergingleaders

About Western Governors University   
Recognized by President Obama as an innovative university that "awards credits based on learning, not seat time," Western Governors University is the only university in the U.S. offering accredited, competency-based bachelor's and master's degree programs at scale. Named one of  Fast Company's "Most Innovative Companies for 2013," WGU has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CNN's "Schools of Thought," and in The New York Times.

WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. WGU's Teachers College is the first exclusively online provider of teacher education to receive accreditation for its teacher licensure programs from NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The WGU bachelor's and master's nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE*), and its B.S. in Health Informatics is accredited by CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education).

Western Governors University has partnered with five states to establish state-based universities aimed at adding affordable capacity to state higher education systems. WGU Indiana, WGU Missouri, WGU Tennessee, WGU Texas, and WGU Washington are key elements in their states' strategies for increasing the percentage of adults with bachelor's or master's degrees. These state-endorsed universities offer degree programs that are accredited through WGU.

The university has earned the support of more than 20 leading corporations and foundations, including AT&T, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lilly Endowment, HCA, Hewlett-Packard, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle, SunGard Higher Education, and Zions Bank. More information is available at www.wgu.edu or by calling 866.225.5948.

*Western Governors University offers nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 5380, Washington DC 20036, 202-877-6791).

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Contact for media inquiries:
Joan Mitchell – VP of Public Relations
801-428-5463 
jmitchell@wgu.edu

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SOURCE Western Governors University



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