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WGU Washington Launches New Scholarship for IT Professionals

Online university to award scholarships of up to $2,000 to help IT professionals earn a bachelor's degree

SEATTLE, Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Online, nonprofit university WGU Washington launched a new scholarship program for working IT professionals. It's called the Go Further in Information Technology Scholarship. WGU Washington will award as many as three scholarships – valued up to $2,000 each – to students with associate's degrees who enroll in any of the university's bachelor's degree programs in Information Technology or Health Informatics.

This new scholarship is aimed at providing a flexible, affordable way for working IT professionals to advance their careers by completing a bachelor's degree. WGU Washington uses a competency-based approach to learning that is ideal for working adults. The model allows students to move quickly through material they already know and focus on what they still need to learn. Students earn their degrees by demonstrating mastery of subject matter rather than accumulating credit hours for time spent in class. In addition, WGU Washington's accredited online IT degree programs include industry certifications at no additional cost.

The Go Further in Information Technology Scholarship is a competitive program. Recipients will be selected based on their academic records and readiness for online study at WGU Washington. To be eligible, candidates must be admitted to WGU Washington, submit transcripts showing they hold an associate's degree, have IT career experience, and be able to demonstrate financial need. Scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive $500 per term toward tuition, renewable for up to four terms. Eligible programs include:

Tuition for all of WGU Washington's online IT degree programs is charged at a flat rate of $2,890 per six-month term; students may complete as many courses as they are able during each term. Students may begin their terms on the first day of any month. For more information about the Go Further in Information Technology Scholarship, go to

About WGU Washington
WGU Washington was established by the State Legislature in partnership with nationally recognized and accredited Western Governors University to expand access to higher education for Washington residents. The nonprofit university, which receives no funds from the state, offers 50 bachelor's and master's degree programs in Business, Information Technology, Teacher Education, and Health Professions, including Nursing. The university's online, competency-based learning model is designed to meet the needs of working adults by providing an affordable, flexible option for earning an accredited, respected college degree.

Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and nationally accredited through the Distance Education and Training Commission (DETC). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The university has earned the support of more than 20 leading corporations and foundations. They include institutions such as AT&T, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lilly Endowment, HCA, Hewlett-Packard, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle, SunGard Higher Education, and Zions Bank.

For more information, visit the WGU Washington website or call Jake Riddell  at (206) 512-0025.

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