Teach Nevada Scholarship


In partnership with the Nevada Legislature and the Nevada Department of Education, WGU Nevada received $324,000 as part of the Teach Nevada Scholarship Program – a statewide initiative that provides scholarships to new students pursuing initial teacher licensure through state-approved universities and colleges. WGU Nevada will award scholarships to new students who intend to obtain a license to teach early childhood, grades K-12, or special education. This fully covers tuition for up to three years of any WGU teacher-prep program!

Because this program is designed to reward students who complete their program as well as remain in good standing with their employer over the course of several years, a portion of the scholarship funds will be retained and awarded later upon successful completion of scholarship terms. As such, students receive 75% of the award ($2,250) during each term of attendance and the remaining 25% ($750) will be deposited into a trust account established for the student. The 25% (accrued over the course of one's program) will remain in the trust account until the student completes the preparation program, has maintained employment at a Nevada public school for five consecutive years, and meets any other requirements established by the State Board.


To be eligible for this scholarship, students must:

In addition, eligible students may include, without limitation:

  • Recent high school graduates who have not yet enrolled in a teacher-preparation program.
  • Students who are currently enrolled in a non-education-related college/university degree program and change their academic program to teacher preparation.
  • Students who have completed some credits at a university or college who re-enroll in a teacher-preparation program.
  • Veterans and the spouses of veterans.
  • Students who have had some experience working in a classroom, including, without limitation, as a paraprofessional or substitute teacher.

This is a competitive scholarship. Recipients will be chosen based upon their academic record, financial need, readiness for online study, and current competency, plus other considerations. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for full consideration.

NOTE: Funding was appropriated by the Nevada Legislature to increase the number of students pursuing a career in teaching. This scholarship is designed for new WGU Nevada students only. Students are eligible to apply for this scholarship up to 60 days prior to their start date and up to 60 days after starting a degree program. Students starting more than 60 days after submitting a scholarship application will not be considered for the scholarship. WGU employees and their spouses are not eligible to receive this scholarship.



Before monies are distributed, the scholarship recipients must read the WGU Student Handbook and agree to and understand the academic progress, tuition, and refund policies. The student will also be required to agree to the WGU Scholarship Terms and Conditions before monies will be awarded. The student must also meet the university’s On Time Progress requirements to maintain scholarship eligibility. Each student can only be awarded one scholarship that is funded or administered through WGU during their degree program. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens.


You may choose to pay for the remaining portion of your degree through federal financial aid (subject to your eligibility). Pell Grants, which do not have to be repaid, are granted based on financial need. Federal Direct Student Loans are available to all students. Subsidized loans, which are dependent on financial need, reduce the interest due on loans. Click here to learn more about financial aid.

If you would like to discuss the scholarship program or WGU’s degrees before submitting an application for this scholarship, call toll-free at 866.255.5948 ext. 6912 or email scholarships@wgu.edu.


Step #1


Check out the scholarships currently available at WGU and identify some that might be right for you. We don’t want you to unnecessarily waste your time with applying if you don’t meet the scholarship qualifications, so it’s worth checking the website to make sure there is an opportunity that fits you.

Step #2


To be considered for any WGU scholarships, you must be provisionally accepted as a WGU student.  Complete the admissions application and work with your enrollment counselor to move through the admissions process.

Step #3


The general application is required for all WGU scholarships, and lets us learn more about you and which scholarships you may be eligible for. To access the application, you will need your MyWGU student portal credentials, which will be sent to you shortly after Step 2. You must complete the application within 60 days of your intended start date.

Step #4


Based on what you tell us in Step 3, we’ll let you know which scholarships you might be eligible for.  Finish up by reviewing the recommended opportunities and completing the supplemental application for each scholarship you’d like to be considered for. These additional applications need to be submitted within 5 days of submitting the general application.


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How do you select scholarship winners?

It depends upon the scholarship. In general, we award scholarships based on the following factors:

  • • Meeting the basic eligibility requirements
  • • Answers you give on the scholarship application
  • • An interview with a scholarship counselor

Some scholarships are also based upon evaluations of prior college transcripts and other tests. We encourage you to apply.

When will I find out if I’m selected?

WGU evaluates scholarship applications on a continual basis because we start new students in their programs every month. Often we are able to make an award decision within two to four weeks of receiving your application. In most cases, you will also need to have applied for admission and been accepted to the university. An Enrollment Counselor can help explain the process.

Do I get the scholarship all at once?

No. Scholarship awards are divided into a set amount per term. This amount is credited against your tuition due for each term. The details are explained in the description for each scholarship.

Can I also apply for financial aid?

Yes. You probably should apply for federal financial aid, too. Scholarship awards will only cover a portion of your school expenses, and financial aid can help pay for the rest. You can apply for financial aid while you are waiting for a decision about your scholarship application. It will not hurt your chances to win a scholarship. Click here to learn more about or apply for financial aid.

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