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WGU Announces New 'Nurses Lead the Way' Scholarship

Online, competency-based university helps nurses advance their careers with $500 scholarships

SALT LAKE CITY, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In celebration of National Nurses Week next month, Western Governors University (WGU), www.wgu.edu, is encouraging licensed RNs to earn their bachelor's or master's degree in nursing online with the new Nurses Lead the Way Scholarship.

The Nurses Lead the Way Scholarship is designed for nurses who are ready to advance their education with a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing or an MBA in Healthcare Management. Recipients will receive $500 toward their first term at WGU.

The WGU BSN and MSN degree programs, like all of WGU's online, accredited, competency-based degree programs, were designed for working adults looking to advance their careers in an educational setting that fits with their busy lives. WGU uses technology to facilitate education in ways that work for individual learners, allowing them to study, complete assignments, and take assessments on their schedule and at their pace. Competency-based learning allows students to advance through their programs as soon as they're able to demonstrate mastery of the material—competencies that are defined by academic and industry experts to reflect the latest needs of the marketplace. Because WGU measures learning rather than time spent in class and charges tuition at a flat rate per term regardless of how many courses are completed, professionals with knowledge and skills from work and previous college experience can often move through their programs more quickly, saving both time and money.

To be eligible for the Nurses Lead the Way scholarship, students must be licensed registered nurses, have completed an application for admission, and be successfully admitted to WGU. Applicants will also interview with a WGU scholarship counselor as part of the application process. Degree programs eligible for this scholarship include:

While WGU will award several scholarships, the Nurses Lead the Way Scholarship is a competitive program. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic record, financial need, readiness for online study, and current competency. The application deadline is April 30, 2014. For more information on the Nurses Lead the Way Scholarship, visit www.wgu.edu/nurseslead

About Western Governors University

Western Governors University is the pioneer and leader in competency-based education, an innovative learning model that focuses on measuring learning rather than time spent in class. Founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors, today WGU is a national university with more than 45,000 students and 32,000 graduates in all 50 states.

Recognized by President Obama as an innovative university that "awards credits based on learning, not seat time," Western Governors University is the only university in the U.S. offering accredited, competency-based bachelor's and master's degree programs at scale. Named one of  Fast Company's "Most Innovative Companies for 2013," WGU has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CNN's "Schools of Thought," and in The New York Times.

WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. WGU's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE*).

Western Governors University has partnered with five states to establish state-based universities aimed at adding affordable capacity to state higher education systems. WGU Indiana, WGU Missouri, WGU Tennessee, WGU Texas, and WGU Washington are key elements in their states' strategies for increasing the percentage of adults with bachelor's or master's degrees. These state-endorsed universities offer degree programs that are accredited through WGU.

The university has earned the support of more than 20 leading corporations and foundations, including AT&T, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lilly Endowment, HCA, Hewlett-Packard, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle, SunGard Higher Education, and Zions Bank. More information is available at www.wgu.edu or by calling 866.225.5948.

*Western Governors University offers nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 5380, Washington DC 20036, 202-877-6791).

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