ST. LOUIS, April 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WGU Missouri is offering a new scholarship opportunity for nursing master's degree students which honors the leadership and healthcare career of Mercy executive Linda Knodel. WGU Missouri will award the Linda Knodel Nursing Leadership and Management MSN Scholarship to one student every quarter who exemplifies the spirit and commitment to leadership that Knodel has exhibited in her more than 30-year career in nursing leadership.
The scholarships, each valued at up to $2,000 ($500 per six-month term renewable for up to four terms), will be applied toward WGU Missouri's already-low tuition of $3,250 per term for the M.S. in Nursing–Leadership & Management program. Applications are currently being accepted at http://missouri.wgu.edu/knodel.
"WGU honors the vision that Linda continues to bring to her professional work and the model she represents to new leadership students. Linda embodies professional commitment, grace and leadership and in so doing, helps develop our next generation of nurse leaders," said Dr. Jan Jones-Schenk, National Director of the College of Health Professions at WGU. "These scholarships will help the best and brightest nurses move into positions of leadership and continue the legacy of nursing leadership in this country."
Knodel is a Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for St. Louis-based Mercy and was recently appointed to sit on WGU's Nursing Program Council. A Wharton nursing executive fellow, Knodel earned a master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., and a master's degree in nursing from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. She also recently published a book, Nurse to Nurse: Nursing Management.
To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be newly enrolling students who have been officially admitted to the MSN program and must complete an interview with a scholarship counselor. This is a competitive program, and scholarships will be awarded based on the student's academic record, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations.
To learn more about WGU Missouri and the Linda Knodel scholarship, visit http://missouri.wgu.edu/knodel.
WGU Missouri is a competency-based, online university created to expand access to higher education for Missouri residents. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. WGU Missouri faculty members serve as mentors, working one-on-one with students, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction.
Established through a partnership with nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Missouri is open to all qualified Missouri residents. The university is nonprofit and self-sustaining on flat-rate tuition of about $6,000 per year for most programs.
Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is 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*).
More information is available at missouri.wgu.edu or by calling 855.948.8493.
*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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