SALT LAKE CITY, April 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Western Governors University (WGU), www.wgu.edu, and the Utah Jazz have teamed up to provide four Utah students with a full year of tuition. Awarded during halftime of the Jazz and Memphis Grizzlies game earlier this month, the scholarships will allow the students to attend a full year at online, nonprofit WGU tuition-free. The four scholarships recipients—Hillari Croff, Mike Ingraham, Jessica Furner, and Melinda Nordahl—were awarded the scholarships by WGU's Chief Marketing Officer Patrick Partridge.
All of the winners are new enrollees at WGU and submitted an official entry form earlier in the Jazz season. Croff and Ingraham are working toward their bachelor's degrees in nursing, Furner is earning her bachelor's degree in marketing, and Nordahl is earning her master's in teaching social sciences.
"This scholarship will allow me to dedicate more time to my studies as I juggle my current work and family commitments," said Croff, who currently works full time as a registered nurse at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray.
The majority of WGU students are working adults who benefit from the online university's flexibility and competency-based online degree programs, which allow students to complete through courses at their own pace, advancing as soon as they're able to demonstrate mastery of the material. This, combined with affordable, flat-rate tuition of $6,000 a year for most programs, is making it possible for more students to earn degrees that are helping them advance their careers. More than 4,000 Utahns are currently enrolled at WGU, part of a growing nationwide student body of 57,000.
"The Utah Jazz are proud to join WGU to give these students free tuition for one year," said Randy Rigby, Utah Jazz president. "The Jazz organization places great value on education, and we are thrilled to help provide academic assistance to members of our community."
Online, accredited, and nonprofit, WGU offers more than 50 bachelor's and master's degrees in business, K–12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. WGU's competency-based learning model, which allows students to study and learn at their own pace, is ideal for students with job and family responsibilities.
Established in 1997 by a bipartisan group of U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, WGU has been recognized by the White House as what works in post-secondary education. The online university has more than 57,000 students and 43,000 graduates in all 50 states and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. WGU has been named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies and featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times.
WGU 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.
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