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Western Governors University celebrates Veterans Day with $75,000 in scholarships

In celebration of Veterans Day, Western Governors University is offering $75,000 in scholarships to veterans, active-duty military, reservists and military families who are interested in furthering their education.

The WGU “Salute to Armed Forces” 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, 2019, at

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 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.

For more information about WGU or the “Salute to Armed Forces Scholarship,” visit

About WGU

Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 117,000 students nationwide and has more than 157,000 graduates. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 22 years, the university has become a leading influence in the development of innovative workforce-focused approaches to education. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and has been featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at



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