In celebration of Veterans Day and to honor military service members, WGU Missouri announced it has partnered with the National Military Family Association to offer $50,000 in scholarships to veterans, active-duty military personnel and their spouses who are interested in furthering their education.

The  “Military Appreciation” Scholarship offering is available for new students who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree from WGU in any of the online, nonprofit university’s programs in IT, business, K-12 education, and health professions, including nursing.  

According to the university, each “Military Appreciation” scholarship is valued at up to $2,000 per student and will be applied at the rate of $500 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms. The scholarship is open to new students who have been officially admitted to WGU Missouri and qualify as active-duty or retired military, U.S. military veterans, reservists, or military spouses or children. Scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations. 

“We truly appreciate our veteran and active-duty military students who work so hard to protect and serve our country and are happy to provide the flexible programs that will fit their needs and allow them to go far in their careers,” said Dr. Angie Besendorfer, Chancellor of WGU Missouri. “In addition to the scholarship offering, WGU’s degree programs are approved for VA education benefits under the GI Bill and for tuition assistance for active-duty, reserve and National Guard service members. With WGU’s low, flat-rate tuition of about $3,500 per six-month term, this means tuition for veterans and military members is often covered.” 

Approximately 11 percent of WGU’s students are active-duty military personnel, veterans or immediate family members of military personnel. 

“WGU Missouri made it possible for me to earn a master’s degree in nursing education,” said Chris McElroy a recent graduate and an Army Nurse Corps veteran. “My children are currently serving in the military, and the flexibility of the program allowed me to celebrate all of their accomplishments. That has been one of the greatest perks of the university. I can now proudly say that I’m a veteran, proud military mom, wife and a WGU graduate.”

WGU Missouri’s programs are competency-based, providing flexibility for veterans and their families. Faculty members work one-on-one with students as mentors, offering guidance, support and individualized instruction. While the university’s degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their programs.

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