University Offers Nursing Scholarships to Citizen Soldiers

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February 8th, 2011

National Guard members and Reservists who wish to obtain a nursing degree may be interested in a new scholarship that is being offered by Western Governors University (WGU).

The institution’s competitive Reservist and National Guard scholarship program is designed to assist citizen soldiers in their pursuit of a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Areas of study to which the financial aid can be applied include healthcare and nursing. Awardees can receive up to $1,500 each.

As an online institution, WGU caters to busy military personnel who are looking for a flexible way to continue their studies as they balance work and family. The programs allow students to utilize past education and experience to obtain their degree at a quicker rate.

Scholarships will be awarded to students based on their academic records. It typically takes students two and a half years to complete a bachelor’s degree at WGU.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for registered nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent over the next eight years. In 2008, the median annual wages of these professionals was $62,450. 

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