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Nursing is more than a job

In recognition of nurses everywhere, who are putting themselves on the frontline to treat and protect the vulnerable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Governors University (WGU) celebrated National Nurses Week – which was May 6-12. Therefore, a new Nurse Appreciation Scholarship for nurses who are interested in furthering their education, is offfered.

The fully online, non-profit university, is offering $100,000 in scholarships to new students wishing to pursue a CCNEaccredited BSN or MSN degree, or a bachelor’s or master’s degree from WGU, in specialties that include healthcare management, health information management and more.

“We at WGU are incredibly proud of our nurses and are inspired by the sacrifices they are making to keep their patients, families, communities, colleagues and facilities safe during this unprecedented time,” said Dr. Angie Besendorfer, regional vice president of WGU. “Nursing is more than a job, it’s a calling. We want to show our appreciation by offering this scholarship to nurses who are interested in advancing their careers.”

Each Nurses Appreciation Scholarship is valued at up to $2,500 and applied at $625 per six-month term, for up to four terms. To be eligible, scholarship applicants must be officially admitted to WGU, complete the scholarship application and be interviewed by a WGU scholarship counselor.

Recipients will be selected based on academic records, financial need, readiness for online study and current competency, among other considerations. Multiple scholarships will be awarded.

New students can apply for the scholarships through June 30. Applications can be submitted online