To honor all those who have served our country, nonprofit, online university WGU Texas is offering up to $50,000 in scholarships for veterans, active-duty military, reservists and military family members who want to earn bachelor’s or master’s degrees in high-demand fields including IT, business, K-12 education, and health professions, including nursing. WGU Texas is accepting applications through Jan. 31, for the WGU Salute to Veterans Scholarship.
Each scholarship is valued at up to $2,500 — $650 per six-month term for up to four terms and is part of $500,000 in scholarships offered to new students throughout the country through WGU Texas’ parent university, Western Governors University, a press release stated.
More than 16 percent of WGU Texas’ students are active-duty military personnel, veterans or dependent family members of military personnel. That’s more than 1,500 students and another 737 graduates.
“WGU Texas has a long history of giving back and showing our appreciation to veterans,” stated WGU Texas Chancellor Steven Johnson, in a press release. “We’re continuing that tradition by supporting the academic and career goals of veterans, active-duty service members and their families, and helping them obtain the quality education they deserve and need to succeed in their careers.”
All WGU programs are competency-based, providing the flexibility veterans and their families need. Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, competency-based education 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. Competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their programs, saving both time and money.
Scholarship are open to new students who have been officially admitted to WGU and are a U.S. military veteran, active-duty or retired military, reservist, military spouse or children. While multiple scholarships will be awarded, this is a competitive program; scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations.