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WGU Tennessee Counters Seasonal Spending Woes with Scholarships

News Brief - 12/29/16

Online, competency-based university to award up to $100,000 in scholarships to 10 new students

NASHVILLE — Between pricey presents and expensive flights, the holiday season will undoubtedly leave many Tennesseans looking for a way up the corporate Christmas tree, and state-endorsed nonprofit university WGU Tennessee’s “Tenn-K” scholarship program, which awards up to 10 Tennesseans $10,000 to continue their education, could be a much-needed lift to the next limb.

“This can be a tough time of year to think about investing in yourself, but there is no better way to start the New Year than on a path to a better career,” said Kimberly K. Estep, Ph.D., Chancellor of WGU Tennessee. “WGU Tennessee has accomplished so much in 2016, and we are excited to celebrate by making a few academic dreams possible as we kick off 2017.”

In 2016, WGU Tennessee celebrated its third anniversary and passed several important milestones. Total enrollment for the online school surpassed 3,000, the alumni network swelled to over 1,500 following commencement ceremonies in September, and it was named one of Tennessee’s Top Workplaces in 2016.

“Tenn-K” Scholarships, which are valued at $2,500 per term for up to four six-month terms, cover more than 80 percent of WGU Tennessee’s already-low tuition of $3,000 per term for most programs, and are awarded based on applicants’ academic records, readiness for online study, and demonstrated financial need, as well as other considerations. The application deadline is March 31, 2017. To learn more about the “Tenn-K” Scholarship, please visit

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