In celebration of Veterans Day, Western Governors University (WGU) is offering $75,000 in scholarships to veterans, active-duty military, reservists and military families who are interested in furthering their education.
Each “Salute to Armed Forces Scholarship” is valued at up to $3,000 per student and will be applied at the rate of $750 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms.
The scholarship can be applied to any of the online, nonprofit university’s 60+ bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in the high-demand fields of IT, business, K-12 education, and health professions, including nursing. Applications are now being accepted through Dec. 31.
Each “Salute to Armed Forces Scholarship” is open to new students who have been officially admitted to WGU and qualify as active-duty or retired military, U.S. military veterans, reservists, or military spouses or children.
While multiple scholarships will be awarded, this is a competitive program, and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations.
“The flexibility and online format that WGU provides really worked for me,” said Roger Carver, a military veteran and WGU scholarship recipient who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology in 2017. “The IT degree program required me to achieve a Cisco CCNA certification, which was essential in getting my current position. I wouldn’t have the job I have if I didn’t go to WGU.”
WGU is regularly ranked among the nation’s most military-friendly colleges and universities and provides the flexibility and workforce-focused degree programs needed by military personnel, veterans and their families. Of the 3,384 students currently enrolled at WGU, about 11 percent are considered to be active-duty military personnel, veterans or immediate family members of military personnel.
All WGU programs are competency-based and designed to meet the needs of adult learners. The competency-based education model allows students to take advantage of their knowledge and real-world experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn.
WGU faculty members work one-on-one with students as mentors, offering guidance, support and individualized instruction. While the university’s degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their programs, saving both time and money.
Applications are available online at https://www.wgu.edu/financial-aid-tuition/scholarships/military-veterans/salute.html