Western Governors University Offers New Scholarship for Military Spouses

Nov 04, 2013, 14:02 ET from Western Governors University

Leader in online competency-based higher education will award up to 50 scholarships for bachelor's and master's degree programs

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nonprofit Western Governors University, www.wgu.edu, has announced a new scholarship program to help the spouses of U.S. military personnel go back to school and earn their bachelor's or master's degrees in business, information technology, education, or health professions, including nursing.

The WGU Military Spouse "Go Further" Scholarship provides $500 toward WGU's already-low tuition per six-month term, up to five terms, for a total value of up to $2,500 per recipient. WGU will award up to 50 Military Spouse "Go Further" Scholarships to new students nationwide.

WGU, one of Military Advanced Education Magazine's Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities for six consecutive years, is ideal for busy adults with family and job responsibilities. It offers service people and their families the flexibility they need to complete their degrees, regardless of where they are stationed or how many times they have to relocate.

The university is a pioneer in competency-based education, which measures learning rather than time spent in class. Students advance in their degree programs when they demonstrate mastery of course materials, allowing them to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. For many students, this makes it possible to accelerate and complete their degrees faster. Combined with a self-paced, online learning format that offers one-on-one mentor support, competency-based learning at WGU provides the kind of flexibility that military spouses need in order to earn their degrees.

WGU's 50-plus accredited degree programs are designed in collaboration with councils of experts from industry and academia, ensuring that students graduate knowing what they need to know to be successful. Students begin their terms on the first day of any month, and they graduate as soon as they are able to complete all the required coursework.

To be eligible for a WGU Military Spouse "Go Further" Scholarship, an applicant must be a new WGU student, officially admitted to WGU. As many as 50 scholarships will be awarded nationwide; however, it is a competitive program, with scholarships awarded based on a candidate's academic record, readiness of online study at WGU, current competency, and other considerations. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2014.

For more information on other requirements and to apply, visit www.wgu.edu/milspousepr.

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," The 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 the 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).

On June 11, 2010, WGU Indiana was created by Governor Mitch Daniels as Indiana's eighth state university. WGU Washington was established by the Washington State Legislature on April 22, 2011.  On August 3, 2011, the state of Texas created WGU Texas. On February 15, 2013, Governor Jay Nixon announced the establishment of WGU Missouri, and on July 9, 2013, Governor Bill Haslam announced the establishment of WGU Tennessee. These state-based universities are state-endorsed and offer degree programs that are accredited through Western Governors University.

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. 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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