SEATTLE, Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WGU Washington is helping veterans and their spouses go back to school. The online university announced today it's launching the WGU Salute to Veterans Scholarship, intended to help men and women from the military community earn bachelor's and master's degrees.
The scholarship is valued at up to $2,500 and can be applied over the course of four, six-month terms. WGU Washington's tuition is already low compared to many higher educational options - about $6,000 per year for most programs. The nonprofit, online university will award up to 200 scholarships to veterans and their families. Applications are being accepted now through January 31, 2017. "WGU Washington is a perfect fit for people who serve, like me," said Leroy Bryan, a WGU Washington alumnus and sailor in the United States Navy. "Because it's online and competency-based, I was able to study anytime and anywhere. I didn't have to drive to a campus to speak with a faculty member - the mentors were just a phone call or email away. Also, I didn't need to go to the library to find books; all the learning resources were online." Additional military scholarships are available for active-duty personnel and their families on WGU Washington's Military Appreciation webpage. WGU has been recognized for nine consecutive years by Military Advanced Education Magazine for being among the Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities. The university has also been named a Military Friendly® School by militaryfriendly.com six years in a row. The WGU Salute to Veterans Scholarship is open to new students who have been officially admitted to WGU Washington. 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.