News Brief - 3/1/17 Scholarships to be awarded during Teacher Appreciation Week AUSTIN National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1-5, 2017, and WGU Texas is celebrating the educators in the Education Service Center, Region 20 (ESC-20) with a Teacher Appreciation Scholarship. Through April 30, 2017, ESC-20 employees, partner school districts and charter schools are eligible to apply for one of five scholarships worth up to $2,000 each, applied toward tuition in any of WGU Texas’ 31 Teachers College degree programs. WGU Texas and ESC-20 established a strategic partnership in 2016 with the goal of providing pathways to high-quality educational opportunities that support educators and address the statewide teacher shortage. In addition to the scholarship, WGU Texas offers a five percent tuition discount to all ESC-20 employees. More information about the partnership is available on both the WGU Texas texas.wgu.edu/ESC20 and ESC-20 websites. WGU Texas’ Teachers College offers programs that are accredited though Western Governors University by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). WGU was also ranked No. 1 by the National Council on Teacher Quality, rating higher than 1,100 other programs across the nation. In addition to its proven quality, WGU Texas’ Teachers College degree programs are affordable about $6,000 per year for most programs. Also, the competency-based model allows students a flexible study pace, allowing them to accelerate their studies and complete their degrees faster.