Online, competency-based university supports professional development with scholarships of up to $2,000 towards bachelor's degrees in business

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 4, 2014 at 11:41 a.m.



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WGU Announces New Scholarship for Emerging Business Leaders

SALT LAKE CITY, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Western

Governors University (WGU), www.wgu.edu, is encouraging business

leaders with some college experience to continue their professional

development with a new scholarship for degree programs in the online

competency-based university's College of Business.

The Emerging Leaders in Business Scholarship is designed for new

students who are pursuing a bachelor's degree in business. The

scholarships provide $500 per six-month term for up to four terms. The

total scholarship value is $2,000.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, students must have

completed an associate's degree or at least 40 college credits.

Applicants must also be working as a business professional and have

completed an application for admission to WGU. Other requirements

include completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

(FAFSA), an interview with a WGU Scholarship Counselor, and an essay

describing why they want to finish their degree. Degree programs

eligible for the scholarship include:

-- B.S. Business Management

-- B.S. Business - Human Resource Management

-- B.S. Business - Information Technology Management

-- B.S. in Sales and Sales Management

-- B.S. in Marketing Management

-- B.S. in Accounting

While WGU will award multiple scholarships, the Emerging Leaders in

Business 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 June 30,

2014. For more information on the Emerging Leaders in Business

Scholarship, visit http://www.wgu.edu/emergingleaders.

About Western Governors University 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 Teachers College is the first exclusively online

provider of teacher education to receive accreditation for its teacher

licensure programs from NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation

of Teacher Education. The WGU bachelor's and master's nursing degree

programs are accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing

Education (CCNE*), and its B.S. in Health Informatics is accredited by

CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and

Information Management Education).

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).

Follow WGU: http://www.facebook.com/wgu.edu

http://www.linkedin.com/companies/western-governors-university

http://twitter.com/wguhttp://www.youtube.com/WesternGovernorsUniv

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Contact for media inquiries: Joan Mitchell - VP of Public Relations

801-428-5463 jmitchell@wgu.edu

Contact for enrollment information: 866-225-5948 www.wgu.edu

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