News Brief - 11/3/16 AUSTIN To honor all those who have served our country, nonprofit, online WGU Texas announced today a new scholarship for veterans and their families who want to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The WGU Texas Salute To Veterans Scholarship is valued at up to $2,500 per student and will be applied at the rate of $625 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms, toward WGU Texas’ already-low tuition of about $3,000 per term for most programs. WGU Texas will award at least five scholarships to new students throughout the state. Applications are being accepted now through January 31, 2017. Additional military scholarships are available for active-duty personnel and their families at texas.wgu.edu/militaryappreciation. “We at WGU Texas have a long history of giving back and showing our appreciation to veterans,” said Veronica Vargas Stidvent, Chancellor of WGU Texas. “We hope to continue that tradition by helping veterans get the quality education that they deserve.” More than 12% of WGU Texas’ students are active-duty military personnel, veterans, or dependent family members of military personnel. WGU Texas’ parent universityWestern Governors Universityhas been recognized for nine consecutive years by Military Advanced Education Magazine for being among the Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities and for six consecutive years as a Military Friendly® School by militaryfriendly.com. All WGU Texas degree programs are competency-based, providing the flexibility that nontraditional students like veterans and their families need. Designed with employer input to meet the needs of adult learners, competency-based education allows students to take advantage of their knowledge and real-world experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. WGU faculty members work one-on-one with students as mentors, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction. While WGU Texas’ degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their programs, saving both time and money. The WGU Texas Salute to Veterans Scholarship is open to new students who have been officially admitted to WGU Texas. While multiple scholarships will be awarded, it is a competitive program, and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations.