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State-endorsed online university offers transfer scholarship to help emerging leaders from East Texas further their education

AUSTIN, Texas, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, officials from online, nonprofit university WGU Texas announced that in addition to its well-known Finish to Go Further program, the university is launching a brand new Pursuit of Excellence Transfer Scholarship, to encourage emerging leaders in East Texas to continue their education at WGU Texas.

"We're all working together to increase post-secondary completion rates in East Texas and across the state," said Dr. Bill Holda, President of Kilgore College. "Through WGU Texas' Pursuit of Excellence Transfer Scholarship, we will be able to recognize the truly outstanding students who graduate from our local community colleges and provide them a high quality and affordable avenue to further their education and future career."

WGU Texas will award nine scholarships, each valued at up to $6,250 ($1,250 per term for up to five terms), to an outstanding graduate from each of the following nine East Texas-area community colleges, to help them pursue an online bachelor or master's degree program at the university.

  • Angelina College
  • Kilgore College
  • Northeast Texas Community College
  • Panola College
  • Paris Junior College
  • Texarkana College
  • Texas State Technical College Marshall
  • Trinity Valley Community College
  • Tyler Junior College

WGU Texas was recently awarded a $500,000 grant (over the next three years) by Greater Texas Foundation to create guaranteed transfer pathways and serve the adult population in rural Texas with some college credit and no degree.

"Having been raised in East Texas, I personally understand the financial challenges that adult learners often face on the road to post-secondary completion," said Dr. Wynn Rosser, President & CEO of Greater Texas Foundation. "WGU Texas' online, competency-based model is a perfect solution for adult learners, because they can keep working, and still get a college degree to gain a competitive advantage."

WGU Texas leverages an innovative approach to learning called competency-based education that measures student learning rather than time spent in class. Created for adults who need a flexible, affordable way to return to college to complete a bachelor or master's degree program, WGU Texas supports the goal of Greater Texas Foundation of offering affordable degree options for all Texas students-particularly those who face barriers to success in college. Tuition for most WGU Texas' degree programs is charged at a flat rate of $2,890 per six-month term, and terms can begin on the first day of any month.

"By partnering with Greater Texas Foundation and our community colleges, we can collectively remove barriers to higher education and provide adult learners in the East Texas area a second chance to achieve their dreams of a college degree, in an affordable and flexible way," said WGU Texas Chancellor Ray Martinez.

To be eligible for the Pursuit of Excellence Transfer Scholarship, a student must be a graduate of the transferring community or technical college, have completed an application for admission, and be successfully admitted to WGU Texas. Applicants will also interview with a WGU Texas scholarship counselor as part of the application process. Although scholarship recipients will be selected by WGU Texas, each community college president will have an opportunity to review potential candidates prior to the announcement of the award and can present the award to the deserving recipient.

The application deadline is June 30, 2014. For more information about the WGU Texas Pursuit of Excellence Transfer Scholarship, please visit: http://texas.wgu.edu/excellence or call 1-877-214-7011.

About Greater Texas Foundation 
Headquartered in Bryan, Texas, Greater Texas Foundation serves the citizens and educational institutions of Texas by supporting initiatives that increase rates of post-secondary enrollment and completion for all Texas students, with a particular focus on students who may encounter barriers to post-secondary success.

About WGU Texas 
Established in 2011 by the state of Texas in partnership with nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Texas is a nonprofit, online university focused on expanding access to quality higher education for Texas residents. WGU Texas offers more than 50 accredited bachelor's and master's degree programs in the high-demand fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.

Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). 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).*

To learn more about WGU Texas, please call 1-877-214-7011 or visit texas.wgu.edu.

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