News Brief - 8/23/17
SOUTH BEND WGU Indiana announced today that it is launching the largest city-wide scholarship offering in its seven-year history, offering $25,000 in tuition scholarships exclusively for South Bend residents.
Ten scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, will be awarded to new students who enroll in any of WGU Indiana’s bachelor’s and master’s degree programs between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1, 2017. Scholarships will be awarded based on the candidate’s academic record, readiness for online study and current competency, as well as other considerations.
The scholarships could be a valuable resource for adults in South Bend who want to return to college to complete a degree. Less than 25 percent of South Bend residents over the age of 25 hold a bachelor’s degree or higher and fewer than 30 percent have some college experience or an associate’s degree.
South Bend is home to nearly 100 WGU Indiana current students and over 60 graduates. With WGU Indiana’s $6,000 12-month tuition and fee structure, each $2,500 scholarship would cover over 40 percent of annual tuition, independent of other state or federal financial assistance that students might qualify for. For more information about the scholarships, visit http://indiana.wgu.edu/tuition_financial_aid/scholarships.
"I'm happy to see WGU Indiana recognize the potential of South Bend students," said Mayor Pete Buttigieg. "These scholarships will help hardworking residents get back to school and unlock new opportunities. The City, employers and the entire South Bend community benefit when residents are empowered to further their education."
“We are delighted to help make the dream of completing a college degree a reality for more South Bend residents by offering these scholarships,” said WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber. “We strongly support Mayor Buttigieg’s leadership and vision for the future of South Bend. We also have a passion for helping employers meet their workforce needs by making college education accessible and affordable for more South Bend residents. We know that having a degree creates new opportunities for individuals and families and we want to help open those doors for as many people in South Bend as possible.”