WGU is pleased to offer the NEA Member Scholarship. These scholarships, each valued up to $2,400, are designed to help NEA members attend college online to earn their teaching master’s degrees.
To be eligible for this scholarship, students must:
- Complete an application for admission.
- Complete a scholarship application.
- Submit official transcripts of all prior college work.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Be officially admitted to WGU.
- Participate in local, state, regional, or national association leadership positions as an NEA member.
- Provide two letters of recommendation, with at least one from a leader at the local, state, regional, or national association.
You will also be required to identify the following:
- Any local, state, regional, or national association-related leadership or engagement positions as an NEA member.
- The number of years you’ve spent in each position.
Plus, you will need answer the following essay question:
- In what ways have you been able to impact public education through your engagement as an NEA member?
(Examples include: Support for public education in a bond issue that passed, giving students an upgraded school and equipment, etc.)
NOTE: This scholarship is designed for new WGU students only. Students are eligible to apply for this scholarship up to 60 days prior to their start date and up to 60 days after starting a degree program. Students starting more than 60 days after submitting a scholarship application will not be considered for the scholarship. WGU employees and their spouses are not eligible to receive this scholarship.
- M.A. Mathematics Education (K-6, Middle Grades, Secondary)
- M.S. Curriculum and Instruction
- M.S. Special Education (K-12)
- M.A. Science Education (Middle Grades)
- M.A. Science Education (Secondary Chemistry)
- M.A. Science Education (Secondary Physics)
- M.A. Science Education (Secondary Biological Science)
- M.A. Science Education (Secondary Earth Science)
- M.S. Educational Leadership
- M.A. English Language Learning (ELL) (PreK-12)
- M.Ed. Instructional Design
- M.Ed. Learning and Technology
- Endorsement Preparation Program, English Language Learning (PreK-12)
- Endorsement Preparation Program, Educational Leadership
Multiple scholarships will be awarded. However, this is a competitive program and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, financial need, readiness for online study at WGU, and current competency, plus other considerations.
Before monies are distributed, the scholarship recipients must read the WGU Student Handbook and agree to and understand the academic progress, tuition, and refund policies. The student will also be required to sign a WGU Scholarship Agreement before monies will be awarded. The student must also meet the university’s On Time Progress requirements to maintain scholarship eligibility. Recipients must be U.S. citizens.
FINANCIAL AID IS ALSO AVAILABLE
You may choose to pay for the remaining portion of your degree through federal financial aid (subject to your eligibility). Pell Grants, which do not have to be repaid, are granted based on financial need. Federal Unsubsidized Student Loans are available to most students. Subsidized loans, which are dependent on financial need, reduce the interest due on loans. Click here to learn more about financial aid.
If you would like to discuss the scholarship program or WGU’s degrees before submitting an application for this scholarship, feel free to speak to an Enrollment Counselor toll-free at 855.948.8495.
HOW TO APPLY
REVIEW SCHOLARSHIP OFFERINGS
Check out the scholarships currently available at WGU and identify some that might be right for you. We don’t want you to unnecessarily waste your time with applying if you don’t meet the scholarship qualifications, so it’s worth checking the website to make sure there is an opportunity that fits you.
COMPLETE THE ADMISSIONS APPLICATION
To be considered for any WGU scholarships, you must be provisionally accepted as a WGU student. Complete the admissions application and work with your enrollment counselor to move through the admissions process.
COMPLETE THE GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
The general application is required for all WGU scholarships, and lets us learn more about you and which scholarships you may be eligible for. To access the application, you will need your MyWGU student portal credentials, which will be sent to you shortly after Step 2. You must complete the application within 60 days of your intended start date.
REVIEW RECOMMENDED OPPORTUNITIES AND APPLY FOR THEM
Based on what you tell us in Step 3, we’ll let you know which scholarships you might be eligible for. Finish up by reviewing the recommended opportunities and completing the supplemental application for each scholarship you’d like to be considered for. These additional applications need to be submitted within 5 days of submitting the general application.