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Western Governors University Announces Scholarships in Honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week

The WGU Loves Teachers Scholarships are valued at up to $4,000 each and are available to ease tuition costs for current and aspiring teachers


April 30, 2021

Redby, Minn. (April 29, 2021) – In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, which runs May 3-7, Western Governors University (WGU) has announced it is offering $200,000 in scholarships to area teachers who are interested in furthering their education. The WGU Loves Teachers Scholarships are open to new students who are pursuing an AAQEP and CAEP-accredited bachelor's or master's degree from the online, nonprofit university's top-ranked Teacher's College, or are interested in completing one of the university's post-baccalaureate or endorsement-preparation programs. Applications can be submitted online at through June 30.

The WGU Loves Teachers Scholarships are designed to assist aspiring teachers in obtaining the required credentials for a rewarding career as an educator or to help current teachers improve their skill set in the classroom or move into administration. Each scholarship is valued at up to $4,000 and will be applied at the rate of $1,000 per six-month term for up to four consecutive terms.

"Area teachers have worked tirelessly over the past year, adapting to new styles of teaching to educate and connect with students in a safe manner during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Dr. Angie Besendorfer, Regional Vice President of Western Governors University. "As we celebrate National Teachers Appreciation Week, we recognize how valuable our educators are and are proud to support them through this scholarship offering. We hope it will encourage both current and aspiring teachers who are interested in furthering their education and advancing their careers to take that leap, while making tuition even more affordable for them."

WGU's competency-based learning model provides students in the education profession with the flexibility to complete courses on their schedule, with 24/7 online access to learning materials and the ability to take tests as soon as they master the material. This competency-based approach allows students to use their prior experience and training to help them move quickly through material they already know and focus on what they still need to learn, allowing them to graduate faster and at a lower cost.

To learn more about WGU's Teachers College and its academic programs, 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 133,000 students nationwide and has more than 221,000 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 24 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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