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WGU Tennessee Announces $500,000 in New Scholarships for Veterans

News Brief - 11/3/16

NASHVILLE — To honor all those who have served our country, nonprofit, online Western Governors University (WGU), parent university of WGU Tennessee, announced today a new scholarship for veterans and their families who want to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

The WGU Salute To Veterans Scholarship is valued at up to $2,500 per student and will be applied at the rate of $625 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms, toward WGU’s already-low tuition of about $3,000 per term for most programs. WGU will award up to 200 scholarships to veterans and their families nationwide. Applications are being accepted now through Jan. 31, 2017. Additional military scholarships are available for active-duty personnel and their families at

The scholarship is a great solution for people like Joel Chappell of Livingston, Tenn. After 21 years in the Air Force, Chappell emerged with a lot of hands-on experience, but no college degree. WGU Tennessee gave him the opportunity to continue working while finally earning his postsecondary credentials.

“WGU Tennessee gave me the opportunity to achieve an elusive goal on my terms,” Chappell said. “[The degree] has enhanced my life, opened doors that would have remained closed, and given me the confidence to pursue a path that would have been only a dream two years ago.”

Of the 74,000 students currently enrolled at WGU nationwide, more than 10 percent are active-duty military personnel, veterans, or dependent family members of military personnel. WGU has been recognized for nine consecutive years by Military Advanced Education Magazine for being among the Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities and for six consecutive years as a Military Friendly® School by

All WGU degree programs are competency-based, providing the flexibility that nontraditional students like veterans and their families need. Designed with employer input to meet the needs of adult learners, competency-based education allows students to take advantage of their knowledge and real-world experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. 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 programs, saving both time and money.

The WGU Salute To Veterans Scholarship is open to new students who have been officially admitted to WGU. While multiple scholarships will be awarded, it is a competitive program, and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations. For more information, visit

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