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WGU Washington Announces New 'Lifesaver' Scholarship

University offers scholarships for transfer students facing unemployment, other hardships

SEATTLE, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the millions of Americans with some college credit but no degree, finally earning a bachelor's or master's degree can be a real game changer.  But students who reenroll in college in hopes of finishing their degree program are confronted with rising tuition rates, excessive loan debt, unemployment and, recently, college closures. WGU Washington, the state-endorsed, online university recognized for its quality and affordability, is offering those students a lifeline: the WGU Washington Lifesaver Transfer Scholarship.  

Valued at up to $3,000 per student, this scholarship has been created for individuals who face challenges such as unemployment, financial hardships or the closure of their current college — challenges transferring to WGU Washington can help them overcome. The scholarship will be applied at the rate of $750 per six-month term toward WGU Washington's tuition of about $3,000 per term, and is renewable for up to four terms.  As many as ten scholarships will be awarded.

"In many ways, these scholarships represent our university's commitment to making a college degree a real possibility for many who are otherwise without hope," said WGU Washington Chancellor Jean Floten. "The road to graduation can be tough, but the "Lifesaver" scholarships will help smooth the pathway for many."

To be eligible for the Lifesaver Transfer Scholarship, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Unemployment
  • Financial hardship
  • Closure of current college or university

Interested students must submit an application for admission and be accepted to WGU Washington, submit their previous transcripts and complete an interview with a scholarship counselor.

While multiple scholarships will be awarded, the Lifesaver Transfer Scholarship is a competitive program. Scholarships will be awarded based on the student's academic record, readiness for online study and current competency, as well as other considerations. The application deadline is November 30, 2014. For more information about the Lifesaver Transfer Scholarship, visit www.wgu.edu/lifesaver.

About WGU Washington

WGU Washington was established by the State Legislature in 2011 in partnership with nationally recognized and accredited Western Governors University to expand access to higher education for Washington residents.

The state-endorsed, online university offers more than 50 bachelor's and master's degree programs in Business, Information Technology, Teacher Education and Health Professions, including Nursing. WGU Washington's competency-based learning model is designed to meet the needs of working adults by providing an affordable, flexible option for earning an accredited, respected college degree. It's non-profit and receives no money from the state.

Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE*).

The university has earned the support of more than 20 leading corporations and foundations. They include institutions such as AT&T, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Hewlett-Packard, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle and SunGard Higher Education.

* One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 5380, Washington DC 20036, 202-877-6791

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