Western Governors University, Missouri is offering $50,000 in 2020 Vision Scholarships, which aim to provide a clearer path for working adults to advance their careers.
According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 65 percent of all jobs in the United States’ economy will require post-secondary education by the year 2020. In an effort to help prepare Missouri’s workforce for these careers, the accredited WGU Missouri, a nonprofit, has announced it will award 25 scholarships to students pursuing bachelor’s or master’s degrees at the fully online, competency-based university.
Each 2020 Vision Scholarship is valued at up to $2,000, which breaks down to be $500 per six-month term for up to four terms. Applications are being accepted for these scholarships now through Dec. 31.
To be eligible, applicants must be officially admitted to WGU Missouri, complete the scholarship application and be interviewed by a WGU scholarship counselor. While WGU Missouri will award up to 25 scholarships, recipients will be selected based on their academic records, financial needs and readiness for online study at WGU Missouri, among other considerations.
WGU Missouri’s competency-based learning model makes it possible for working adults to fit studying into their busy lives. While the university’s online degree programs are rigorous and challenging, students can earn their degrees without sacrificing work, family and financial obligations. Students complete courses as soon as they demonstrate they have mastered the materials, enabling them to move quickly through material they already know and spend more time on what they still need to learn. As a result, many students are able to accelerate their studies, finishing faster and saving money. The average time to complete a bachelor’s degree is about two and half years. This, combined with low tuition of about $6,000 a year for most programs, is helping more working adults go back to school.
WGU Missouri offers more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, K–12 teacher education, information technology and health professions including nursing.