New Scholarship Helps Local Students Earn Master's Degrees in Business

WGU Washington offers $2,000 scholarship for MBA, leadership and accounting graduate programs

Jul 17, 2014, 18:06 ET from WGU Washington

SEATTLE, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WGU Washington,,  is encouraging business professionals to continue their education through a new scholarship for students pursuing a master's degree in business through the online, competency-based university's College of Business. The Master's Degree in Business Scholarship is designed for new WGU Washington students working toward a business-related master's degree.

"In business, a master's degree can provide a foundation for career advancement," said Brian Stading, president of Centurylink's northwest region. "WGU Washington has proven to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to succeed, and that's exactly what top employers are looking for in today's environment."

The scholarship provides $500 per six-month term for as many as four terms, up to a $2,000 total value.

"WGU Washington's flexible model is ideal for busy, working adults interested in advancing in their careers," said WGU Washington Chancellor Jean Floten. "Our affordable, flat-rate tuition is already a good value, but these scholarships will go a long way to helping recipients earn a high-quality, university degree."

To be eligible for the Master's Degree in Business Scholarship, applicants must submit an application for admission and be accepted to the university, submit their previous transcripts and complete an interview with a scholarship counselor. Eligible applicants must be newly enrolled in — or in the admissions process for –– one of the following programs:

Like all of WGU Washington's accredited, competency-based programs, the five master's degrees in business were created for working adults looking to further their education in a way that fits with their lives. The state-endorsed, online university uses technology that allows individual learners to study, complete assignments and take tests on their time and at their pace. Competency-based learning allows students to progress through their programs when they can prove mastery of a topic. Each course focuses on competencies that, according to input from third-party and academic leaders, meet the latest needs of the marketplace, preparing students to enter the workforce when they graduate. Because WGU Washington measures learning instead of seat time, students with previous academic and work experience are able to move through their programs more quickly, saving time and money.

The Master's Degree in Business Scholarship program is competitive. Scholarships will be awarded based on, among other considerations, the student's academic record, readiness for online study and current competency. The application deadline is Oct. 31, 2014. For more information about the Master's Degree in Business scholarship, visit

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, Hewlett-Packard, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle and SunGard Higher Education.

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