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Western Governors University Announces Back to School Scholarships for Adults Returning to School this Fall

The nonprofit, fully online university will award scholarships to new students who apply by Dec. 31


August 31, 2022

Redby, Minn. – (Aug. 30, 2022) With back-to-school season in full swing, Western Governors University (WGU) has announced it will award scholarships to new students who want to make earning a college degree a reality. The Back to School Scholarships are valued at up to $2,500 each and will be available for those pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any of the university's 60-plus degree programs in information technology, business, K-12 teacher education and health professions, including nursing. Students can apply for the scholarship online at through Dec. 31, 2022.

Each Back to School Scholarship will be applied at the rate of $625 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms. Though multiple scholarships will be awarded, this is a competitive program, and scholarships will be granted based on a candidate’s academic record, financial need, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations.

“Going back to school as a busy adult can be a challenging prospect for many, but earning a college degree and gaining skills needed to succeed in the workforce can have a positive impact on a person’s life and career,” said Dr. Terrance Hopson, Regional Vice President of WGU. “At WGU, we are committed to student success and are proud to be able to offer this scholarship to help ease the financial burden for students who are interested in furthering their education, while providing an affordable, accelerated pathway to a high-quality, career-boosting bachelor’s or master’s degree.”

Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, WGU’s competency-based education model allows students to take advantage of their knowledge and experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. Students complete their programs by studying on schedules that fit their lives, advancing as soon as they demonstrated that they have mastered the subject matter. WGU faculty members work one-on-one with students as mentors, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction. While WGU’s degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their progress, saving both time and money.

For more information about WGU or available scholarships, 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 131,000 students nationwide and has more than 288,000 graduates in all 50 states. 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 25 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly evolving economy. 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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