Online university offers Hispanic scholarship program
October 2, 2011 · 10:37 PM
Western Governors University Washington announced Sept. 14 a new scholarship program designed to help members of the state’s Hispanic community complete their bachelor’s or master’s degree online.
The WGU Washington Hispanic Community Scholarship Program will award competitive scholarships worth up to $2,000 for members of the Washington Hispanic community who would like to return to college and earn a degree, according to a WGU media release. Designed for working adults, WGU Washington is the only state-endorsed, nonprofit, online university in Washington.
"With these scholarships, we celebrate the diverse WGU Washington student body,” said WGU Washington chancellor Jean Floten. “WGU Washington’s students are hard-working independent achievers, and the students who receive these scholarships will reflect those values through their active contribution to the betterment of their communities.”
Tuition at WGU Washington is charged at a flat rate of less than $3,000 per six-month term for most programs. Students awarded the WGU Washington Hispanic Community Scholarships will receive $500 toward that tuition each term up to four terms. The average time to complete a bachelor’s degree is 2 1/2 years.
More information on the scholarship is available at washington.wgu.edu/HispanicScholarship.
To be eligible for one of the competitive scholarships, a prospective student must complete an application for admission into one of WGU Washington’s bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in the university’s four colleges – Business, Information Technology, Teachers College, or Health Professions, including Nursing.
The applicant must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), interview with a WGU Washington Scholarship Counselor, and be able to demonstrate active and contributing membership in the state’s Hispanic community. Applicants seeking a bachelor’s degree must have an associate’s degree or at least 60 credits of college-level coursework completed, and master’s degree applicants must have an accredited bachelor’s degree.