KENT, Wash., May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To honor the important role nurses play in the safety and health of their communities and commemorate National Nurses Week 2016, WGU Washington is offering up to ten scholarships for nurses across the state. The nonprofit, online university will award multiple scholarships to nurses who wish to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree program in the university's College of Health Professions.
Each WGU Loves Nurses Scholarship is valued at up to $2,000 – $500 per six-month term for up to four terms. New and enrolling students can apply for these scholarships until July 31 through the university's website. To be eligible, scholarship applicants must be officially admitted to WGU Washington, complete the scholarship application, which includes an essay, and be interviewed by a university scholarship counselor. Recipients will be selected based on their academic record, financial need and readiness for online study at WGU Washington.
Designed to fit into the lives of busy working nurses, WGU Washington's BSN, MSN and MBA programs provide the knowledge, skills and credentials employers seek. All WGU Washington programs are competency-based, meaning they use a model that measures learning rather than awarding credit simply for time spent in class. This allows health professionals to advance their careers without disrupting work or other obligations. Students complete their programs by studying on their own time and, once they're ready, proving what they've learned. Prior work experience and academic knowledge help students accelerate through subject matter they already know and focus on engaging WGU Washington's high-quality learning resources and one-on-one faculty mentor support to learn what they still need to master.
"Because of WGU Washington's affordable, flat rate tuition, I was finally able to continue my college education," said Tom Carson, a WGU Washington graduate and healthcare professional in Bellingham, Wash. "Plus, because it's online, I didn't have to worry about traveling to a college campus, paying to park, or potentially losing out on a shift at work because of a class. Today, I have a master's degree and am a leader in my field."
WGU Washington is the locally-based, state-endorsed affiliate of Western Governors University (WGU). The university's College of Health Professions was recognized as A National League for Nursing 2015 Center of Excellence™ for Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development. Additionally, the College was recognized by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine as one of the top five producers of bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing awarded to minority students.
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; Universities Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education*.
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.
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