WGU Missouri Launches New Scholarship – Linn County Leader

To celebrate WGU Missouri’s 9th anniversary, the fully accredited, nonprofit online university announced that it is awarding $450,000 in scholarships to new students seeking further education. Since its inception in February 2013, WGU Missouri has been committed to providing a high-quality, practical, and engaging college education for residents across the state, including working adults who have some college experience but no degree. . The WGU Missouri 9th Anniversary Scholarships, valued up to $9,000 each, underscore WGU’s mission to help make higher education even more accessible for adults in Missouri, especially those looking to boost their skills as the ongoing pandemic continues to impact the local workforce.

While many universities have seen declining enrollment since the start of the pandemic, enrollment at WGU Missouri continues to hold up and has actually managed to increase over the past 12 months. The university, which was created through a partnership with Western Governors National University and Governor Jay Nixon, currently has 3,340 students enrolled, a 2.8% increase from last year, and has awarded diplomas to 6,011 graduates, a fifth of whom graduated in the last 12 months. In fact, WGU Missouri has grown steadily since its inception nearly a decade ago. Statewide, WGU Missouri employs 191 staff members, has awarded more than $3.4 million in scholarships, and has partnered with more than 85 businesses, institutions, and organizations to create new opportunities for their employees to pursue higher education at an even lower level. cost and advance their careers.

WGU Missouri has been recognized for helping individuals earn their college degrees who otherwise could not easily complete or afford a traditional college program. The average age of students is 35, with more than 65% of participants from disadvantaged backgrounds or being first-generation students. In addition, 72% of students work full time while pursuing their studies. These graduates quickly see a difference in their lives as new career opportunities arise. As a result, students earn an average of $21,800 more within four years of graduation, which is significantly higher than the national average of $11,500.

“As we commemorate the 9th anniversary of the establishment of WGU in the State of Missouri, we want to recognize our students, many of whom have previously faced challenges earning their degrees through traditional means,” said Dr. Angie Besendorfer , Chancellor of WGU Missouri. “We’re proud to offer the 900,000 Missourians who have a college education but no degree an affordable alternative route to earning their bachelor’s and master’s degrees – and ultimately advancing their careers and transforming their lives. We look forward to continuing to empower many more adults to return to school and graduate in the years to come. »

WGU Missouri offers more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, information technology, K-12 teacher education, and health professions, including nursing. Unlike a traditional college program, WGU is for adults with past or current work experience who are looking to further their careers through education. WGU Missouri’s competency-based education model allows mature students to leverage prior learning and experience to quickly navigate material they already know so they can focus on what they still have to learn.

To be considered for the WGU Missouri 9th Anniversary Scholarship, new and prospective students must be Missouri residents, admitted to WGU Missouri, and submit a scholarship application by June 30, 2022. Scholarships will be awarded based on the student’s academic record, previous university experience. , online study readiness, current skills, and other considerations. The scholarship will be applied at the rate of $2,250 per semester, renewable for up to four terms toward WGU’s already low tuition of approximately $3,800 per semester for most programs. For more information on this scholarship, visit missouri.wgu.edu/9th.

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