News Brief - 11/6/15
Online, competency-based university honors veterans with new scholarship program
LAS VEGAS In commemoration of Veterans Day and to honor all those who have served our country, nonprofit, online WGU Nevada is launching a new scholarship program to help veterans and their spouses go back to school and earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
The WGU Nevada Salute To Veterans Scholarship, valued at up to $2,500 per student, will be applied at the rate of $625 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms, toward WGU Nevada’s already-low tuition of about $3,000 per term for most programs. WGU Nevada will award at least five scholarships to new students throughout the state. Applications are being accepted now through January 31, 2016 at nevada.wgu.edu/veterans. Additional military scholarships are available for active-duty personnel and their families at nevada.wgu.edu/militaryappreciation.
“As a military spouse, I needed the flexibility that WGU Nevada provides. This was crucial to my success,” said Carly Merritt, who recently graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and recently began her first year teaching kindergarten at a Las Vegas elementary school. “Over a span of a few years, my husband and I moved from California to Guam to Hawaii back to California and finally to Nevada. Being able to study and complete coursework anywhere I had an internet connection allowed me to earn my degree and move my career forward.”
WGU Nevada’s parent universityWestern Governors Universityhas been honored for eight consecutive years by Military Advanced Education Magazine among the Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities and five consecutive years as a Military Friendly® School by militaryfriendly.com. WGU Nevada’s degree programs are designed to provide the kind of flexibility that nontraditional students like veterans and their families need. Of the 1,100 students currently enrolled at WGU Nevada, nearly 150 are active-duty military personnel, veterans, or dependent family members of military personnel.
WGU Nevada uses an innovative approach to earning a degree called competency-based education, which measures learning rather than time spent in class. Students earn their degrees by demonstrating mastery of the subject matter they need to know to be successfulreal-world competencies developed with employer input. 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. While WGU Nevada’s degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their programs, saving both time and money.
The WGU Nevada Salute to Veterans Scholarship is open to new WGU Nevada students who have been officially admitted to WGU Nevada. While multiple scholarships will be awarded, it 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. For more information, visit nevada.wgu.edu/veterans.