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WGU Offers Future of Nursing Scholarships
Date:1/13/2009

For Online Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programs

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Western Governors University (www.wgu.edu), the leading non-profit online university, is pleased to offer the WGU Future of Nursing Scholarships. These scholarships are designed to help working nurses (RNs) attend college online to become educators, managers, and leaders in this vital healthcare field. Each scholarship is valued up to $5,000.

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WGU's online degree programs focus on the needs of adult learners by providing flexible, technology-based instruction. WGU's competency-based education approach makes it possible for students to complete the requirements for their degrees at a quicker pace and accelerate their programs based on their prior experience, academic background, and time commitment to study.

WGU's online nursing degree programs are for nurses who hold an unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license.

The Bachelors of Science in Nursing program is designed to expand knowledge beyond the clinical aspects of nursing and into patient education, health promotion, and technology integration, as well as healthcare systems and policies.

The Master of Science in Nursing - Education equips students with the high-level knowledge and skills to become a Nurse Educator in diverse settings who will provide education and training to nurses, nursing students, school children, community groups, workers, patients, and consumers.

The Master of Science in Nursing - Leadership and Management prepares graduates to be leaders and managers in diverse settings: hospitals, long term care facilities, community service agencies, governmental agencies and facilities, and corporations.

The deadline to apply for these scholarships is April 15, 2009. Scholarship awards are made every month on an ongoing basis, so early application is suggested. Scholarships are awarded based upon a candidate's academic record, readiness for online study, financial need, and current competency, plus other considerations.

For more information or eligibility requirements on the WGU Future of Nursing Scholarship, please visit www.wgu.edu/nursingscholarships or call 1-866-225-5948 (866-CALL-WGU).

About Western Governors University (WGU)

"[WGU is] the best relatively cheap university you've never heard of."

- TIME magazine (Nov. 2008)

WGU is the only accredited online university in the U.S. offering competency-based degree programs. The private non-profit university has been a leader in online education for more than 10 years. WGU is the recipient of the USDLA 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning for 2008, awarded in recognition of WGU's success in expanding access to higher education. WGU has been honored as one of the 2008 Top 20 Military Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education magazine. WGU sponsors the Online Student Survival Guide, a blog that addresses many of the questions and daily concerns online students from any online college or university face.

Now serving more than 11,000 students, WGU was founded by 19 U.S. governors, and is supported by more than 20 leading corporations and foundations. They include institutions such as AT&T, BearingPoint, Dell, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, HCA, Microsoft, Oracle, Qwest, SunGard Higher Education, Sun Microsystems, and Zions Bank. WGU offers bachelor's and master's degrees in business, information technology, teacher education, and health professions, with students in all 50 states. More information is available at www.wgu.edu.

Contact for media inquiries:

Joan Mitchell - Director of PR

801-428-5463

jmitchell@wgu.edu

Contact for enrollment information:

866-225-5948


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