SALT LAKE CITY, April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To honor the important role nurses play in the safety and health of their communities, and to commemorate National Nurses Week 2016 next month, Western Governors University (WGU) will offer up to $250,000 in scholarships for nurses across the nation. WGU will award up to 125 scholarships to nurses who wish to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree program in WGU'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 now through July 31 at wgu.edu/wgulovesnurses. To be eligible, scholarship applicants must be officially admitted to WGU, complete the scholarship application, which includes an essay, and be interviewed by a WGU scholarship counselor. While WGU will award up to 125 scholarships, recipients will be selected based on their academic record, financial need, and readiness for online study at WGU.
WGU was recognized as A National League for Nursing 2015 Center of Excellence™ for Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development and for being one of the top five producers of bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing awarded to minority students according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.
Designed to fit into the lives of busy working nurses, WGU's BSN, MSN, and MBA programs provide the knowledge, skills, and credentials employers seek. All WGU programs are competency-based, a model that measures learning rather than 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 may enable them to accelerate through subject matter they already know and focus on engaging WGU's high-quality learning resources and one-on-one faculty mentor support to learn what they still need to learn.
For more information about the WGU Loves Nurses Scholarship program, please visit wgu.edu/wgulovesnurses.
Now with 70,000 students and 60,000 graduates nationwide, WGU offers more than 50 online, competency-based bachelor's and master's degree programs in the high-demand fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. The online university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and its nursing degree programs accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*. WGU has been named one of Fast Company's "Most Innovative Companies" and featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" NBC Nightly News, CNN's "Schools of Thought," 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, USA Funds, and Zions Bank. More information is available at wgu.edu or by calling 866.225.5948.
SOURCE Western Governors University