To encourage a new generation of educators and help address the state’s teacher shortage, WGU Washington launched the Future Teacher Scholarship for people seeking a fulfilling career in K-12 education. According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 93 percent of principals say they’re “struggling” or in a “crisis” mode to find new, qualified teachers. This scholarship helps smooth the pathway to high-quality and respected credentials for aspiring educators.
Multiple scholarships will be awarded, each valued up to $4,000 ($1,000 per six-month term, up to four terms). Students must fulfill all of the eligibility requirements to be considered for this scholarship – including completion of an application for admission and scholarship application, submission of official transcripts of all prior college work and completion of the FAFSA. Scholarship applicants must be admitted to WGU Washington and interview with a WGU Washington scholarship counselor. Scholarship applicants must apply for the scholarship up to 60 days prior to their start date and up to 60 days after starting their degree program. Recipients will be selected based on their application answers and interview with the scholarship counselor.
In addition to this scholarship offer, the university – through the end of the year – will waive the $65 application fee for all applicants who use the code GOBACK.
WGU Washington’s Teachers College offers more than 30 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and has been named the “best value” in teacher education by the National Council on Teacher Quality. Today, over 2,700 students from communities across the state are enrolled in WGU Washington’s Teachers College.
About WGU Washington
WGU Washington was established by the State Legislature in 2011 in partnership with nationally recognized and accredited Western Governors University to expand access to higher education for Washington residents.
The state-endorsed, online university offers more than 50 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Business, Information Technology, Teacher Education and Health Professions, including Nursing. WGU Washington’s 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. It’s non-profit and receives no money from the state.
Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges; Universities Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education*.
The university has earned the support of more than 20 leading corporations and foundations including AT&T, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lilly Endowment, HCA, Hewlett-Packard, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle, SunGard Higher Education and Zions Bank.