SEATTLE, Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WGU Washington is helping veterans and their spouses go back to school. The online university announced today it's launching the WGU Salute to Veterans Scholarship, intended to help men and women from the military community earn bachelor's and master's degrees.
The scholarship is valued at up to $2,500 and can be applied over the course of four, six-month terms. WGU Washington's tuition is already low compared to many higher educational options - about $6,000 per year for most programs. The nonprofit, online university will award up to 200 scholarships to veterans and their families. Applications are being accepted now through January 31, 2017.
"WGU Washington is a perfect fit for people who serve, like me," said Leroy Bryan, a WGU Washington alumnus and sailor in the United States Navy. "Because it's online and competency-based, I was able to study anytime and anywhere. I didn't have to drive to a campus to speak with a faculty member - the mentors were just a phone call or email away. Also, I didn't need to go to the library to find books; all the learning resources were online."
Additional military scholarships are available for active-duty personnel and their families on WGU Washington's Military Appreciation webpage.
WGU has been recognized for nine consecutive years by Military Advanced Education Magazine for being among the Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities. The university has also been named a Military Friendly® School by militaryfriendly.com six years in a row.
The WGU Salute to Veterans Scholarship is open to new students who have been officially admitted to WGU Washington. While multiple scholarships will be awarded, it is a competitive program, and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate's academic record, readiness for online study and current competency, as well as other considerations.
For more information, visit http://washington.wgu.edu/veterans.
About WGU Washington
WGU Washington was established by the State Legislature in 2011 in partnership with nationally recognized and accredited Western Governors University to expand access to higher education for Washington residents.
The state-endorsed, online university offers more than 50 bachelor's and master's degree programs in Business, Information Technology, Teacher Education and Health Professions, including Nursing. WGU Washington's competency-based learning model is designed to meet the needs of working adults by providing an affordable, flexible option for earning an accredited, respected college degree. It's non-profit and receives no money from the state.
Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE*).
The university has earned the support of more than 20 leading corporations and foundations. They include institutions such as AT&T, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lilly Endowment, HCA, Hewlett-Packard, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle, SunGard Higher Education and Zions Bank.
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