News Brief - 5/6/17
National Nurses Week Kicks Off with Scholarship Opportunities for New Students
AUSTIN — As National Nurses Week kicks off May 6-12, WGU Texas is showing its love for nurses and encouraging Texans to pursue their dreams of an undergraduate or graduate degree by offering the WGU Texas Loves Nurses Scholarship, texas.wgu.edu/rnlove
“Nursing is a high-demand, health care field that offers rewarding career opportunities across Texas and the nation,” said WGU Texas Chancellor Veronica Vargas Stidvent. “We’re grateful for the men and women who choose nursing as their calling and profession. And, we want to make pursuing their dreams of a nursing degree more accessible and affordable.”
To celebrate Nurses Week, WGU Texas will award multiple scholarships, each valued up to $2,000, to motivated nurses who are ready to take on the increasing challenges of today’s hospitals, medical practices and other health care settings.
New WGU Texas students pursuing certain nursing and health care degrees at WGU Texas are eligible for the WGU Loves Nurses Scholarship. WGU Texas students are eligible to apply for this scholarship up to 60 days prior to their start date and up to 60 days after starting a degree program. Eligible degree programs include:
- B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure)
- B.S. Nursing (RN to BSN online)
- B.S. Health Information Management
- B.S. Business—Healthcare Management
- M.S. Nursing—Education (for RNs with BSNs)
- M.S. Nursing—Leadership and Management (for RNs with BSNs)
- M.S. Nursing—Nursing Informatics (for RNs with BSNs)
- M.S. Nursing—Education (RN to MSN Option)
- M.S. Nursing—Leadership and Management (RN to MSN Option)
- M.S. Nursing—Nursing Informatics (RN to MSN Option)
- M.S. Integrated Healthcare Management
- MBA Healthcare Management
Going back to school is a big decision. While research indicates that a higher-educated nursing workforce is key to increasing access to quality patient care, the high cost of education, time commitment and other personal responsibilities can become barriers to pursuing educational and career goals.
WGU Texas graduate RaQuita Weeks-Lee of Cedar Hill had to overcome several personal obstacles on her path to a master’s in nursing education. “At WGU Texas, I found a way to continue my nursing education even when the odds seemed stacked against me,” said Weeks-Lee.
“My own health challenges and the passing of my mother during my studies could have deterred me from completing my degree, but my WGU Texas family, my mentor and my immediate family stepped in to support and encourage me to stay on track for my M.S. in Nursing – Education. It’s a challenging and rewarding career, and I’m grateful for WGU Texas for helping me to further my studies and advance my work in the field of nursing,” she added. Weeks-Lee was also a featured speaker at the WGU Texas’ 2016 commencement.
Multiple scholarships will be awarded, based on a candidate’s academic record, readiness for online study and current competency, and other considerations. Learn more about WGU Texas Nurses Scholarships online at http://texas.wgu.edu/rnlove and by following @WGUTexas on social media.