By Morey Hill
Since its launch in 2013, nonprofit online university WGU Tennessee has made it easy for military personnel to pursue higher education, and now more than 10 percent of WGU Tennessee’s student enrollment are veterans, active-duty members of the military, or military spouses.
WGU, which has been recognized as a Military-Friendly School for eight consecutive years, is launching a new scholarship to help veterans, military servicemen and servicewomen, and their spouses go back to school. The WGU Tennessee Salute to Veterans Scholarship is valued at up to $2,500 per student, and WGU will award up to 50 scholarships to new students nationwide.
“We’re always honored to be recognized for our support of military members and their families,” said Dr. Kimberly K. Estep, chancellor of WGU Tennessee. “We value the service of our military, so we want to do everything we can to help them achieve success in their careers.”
U.S. Army veteran Joe Turner found an efficient way to boost his post-service career at WGU Tennessee. “The best part about my MBA degree program was that I was able to apply the material from WGU Tennessee to my full-time job the entire time I was enrolled,” Turner said.
Since WGU Tennessee launched two years ago, more than 1,000 students have graduated, and enrollment has risen to more than 2,400 students.
WGU Tennessee is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established to expand Tennesseans’ access to higher education throughout the state. Formed through a partnership between the state of Tennessee and nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Tennessee is open to all qualified Tennessee residents.
The university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the high-demand career fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.