SEATTLE, Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In celebration of Military Appreciation Month, WGU Washington is offering a new scholarship to help veterans, active-duty military, and their spouses go back to school. Parent university Western Governors University (WGU) is partnering with the National Military Family Association (NMFA) to offer the WGU Military Appreciation Scholarship. At least five of those scholarships will be awarded to members of the military community in the state of Washington to help smooth the pathway toward a quality, college education.
The WGU Military Appreciation Scholarship is valued at up to $2,000 per award. WGU Washington's tuition is already low – about $6,000 per term; the scholarship will address a significant obstacle for many pursuing bachelor's or master's degrees. Applications are being accepted now through February on the WGU Washington website.
"WGU is an excellent option for advancing the military careers of active duty, National Guard and Reserve members and for preparing veterans – including currently serving veterans – for productive civilian careers," said Major General (Ret.) Tim Lowenberg. "WGU Washington offers service members and their families accessibility to higher education wherever they are, whenever they need it, at a price they can afford."
WGU Washington is a non-profit, online university endorsed by the State Legislature in 2011. The university's purpose is to provide access to the skills and knowledge our state's workforce needs in the 21st century economy. WGU Washington was created in partnership with Western Governors University, which has been recognized as a Top Military-Friendly School for six consecutive years by Military Advanced Education Magazine and a Military Friendly® School for five consecutive years by militaryfriendlyschools.com.
Currently, Washington state is home to more than 6,500 WGU students – more than any other state in the nation.
To be eligible for a WGU Military Appreciation Scholarship, an applicant must be a new WGU Washington student, officially admitted to the university. While multiple scholarships will be awarded, it is a competitive program with scholarships awarded based on a candidate's academic record, readiness for online study and current competency, as well as other considerations. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2015. For more information, visit washington.wgu.edu/militaryappreciation.
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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