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WGU Texas Now Offering $50,000 in Smart Choice Scholarships

News Brief - 7/18/17

Texas' online competency-based university now accepting applications for scholarship designed to help students make the smart choice in higher education

AUSTIN — To help students afford investing in their future with education, WGU Texas is now offering 25 Smart Choice Scholarships—each valued at up to $2,000—$500 per six-month term for up to four terms—that tap into $250,000 in scholarships offered through Western Governors University (WGU), parent university of WGU Texas.

Each Smart Choice Scholarship is open to new and enrolling students in any of the more than 60 bachelor's and master's degree programs offered at WGU Texas. Applications are now being accepted for these scholarships through September 30 at

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be officially admitted to WGU Texas, complete the scholarship application, and be interviewed by a WGU scholarship counselor. While WGU will award up to 25 scholarships, recipients will be selected based on their academic records, financial need, and readiness for online study at WGU, among other considerations.

As a non-traditional student, WGU Texas graduate Cynthia Kershaw was able to balance her educational goals with a full-time job and raising a family. "The WGU Texas program format was perfect for my needs—flexible and affordable," said Kershaw. "With the ability to work at my own pace, I did not have to give up being involved in my children's schools and extracurricular activities."

Kershaw adds that the choice to enroll in WGU Texas changed her life forever. "When I graduated from WGU Texas, not only was I competent in my field, I became a life-long learner."

WGU's competency-based learning model allows students to study at times that work for their schedule, moving quickly through what they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. This allows many students to accelerate their studies, finishing faster, which saves not only time, but money.

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