ST. LOUIS — In celebration of Western Governor’s University Missouri’s 10th anniversary, the nonprofit university will award $100,000 in scholarships to new students who are interested in furthering their education.
Since its establishment in Feb. 2013, WGU Missouri has been committed to providing high-quality, convenient and career-boosting college education to residents across the state, including busy adults who have some college experience but no degree, the university said in a press release.
The WGU Missouri 10th Anniversary scholarships, valued at up to $10,000 each, underscore WGU’s mission of making higher education more attainable for Missourians.
To be considered for WGU Missouri’s 10th Anniversary scholarship, new and prospective students must be Missouri residents, must be admitted to WGU Missouri and must submit a scholarship application online by June 30, 2023.
Scholarships will be awarded based on the student’s academic record, previous college experience, readiness for online study, current competency and other considerations.
The scholarships will be applied at the rate of $2,500 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms toward WGU’s tuition of approximately $3,800 per six-month term for most programs.
For more information about the 10th Anniversary scholarship, visit missouri.wgu.edu/10th.
WGU Missouri offers more than 80 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, information technology, K-12 teacher education and health professions, including nursing, the university said. It caters to adults with previous or current work experience who are looking to further their careers through education.
The university, which was created through a partnership with the national Western Governors University and Gov. Jay Nixon, currently has 3,361 enrolled students, a steady increase over last year, and has conferred degrees to 7,004 graduates, 15% of whom graduated in the past 12 months, the college said.
Across the state, WGU Missouri employs 224 staff members, has awarded more than $4.3 million in scholarships and has built partnerships with 74 businesses, institutions and organizations in an effort to create new opportunities for their employees to earn their degrees affordably and take their careers to the next level.
WGU Missouri has helped individuals who otherwise couldn’t easily complete or afford a traditional college program, the university said.
The average student age is 35, with more than 64% of attendees coming from underprivileged populations or being first-generation college students. Additionally, 69% of students work full-time while pursuing their degrees.