WGU North Carolina and USO of North Carolina Announce 2020 Military Service Scholarship Winners

RALEIGH, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In February of this year, WGU North Carolina and the USO of North Carolina announced the renewal of the Military Service Scholarships program. The two organizations recently announced that the scholarships have been awarded for 2020.

Among the winners across North Carolina are the following individuals:

  • Dustin Britt, Albemarle
  • Madison Butler, Fort Bragg
  • Jeannette Curran, RN, BSN, Fuquay-Varina
  • Beth Echtermeyer, RN, Gastonia
  • Connie Reventlow, Vanceboro
  • Frances Saunders, Albemarle
  • Karen Hare Sparnon, Mooresville

The Military Service Scholarships provide $2,500 each to currently serving military members, veterans, and their family members, and can be applied to any of the more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degrees offered by WGU in business, IT, education, and healthcare, including nursing. The scholarships were awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations. Winners are credited with $625 per term, renewable for up to four terms. Tuition at WGU is about $3,225 per six-month term for most degree programs.

WGU North Carolina is an affiliate of the national nonprofit online Western Governors University. Earlier this year, WGU was named the Top Military Friendly(R) School in the category of online/vocational. About one in five WGU students in North Carolina is affiliated with the military community.

“I heartily congratulate all 2020 winners of the Military Service Scholarships,” said WGU North Carolina Chancellor Catherine Truitt. “Service members, veterans, and their families have made many personal sacrifices to help keep our country safe, and it is an honor to be able to assist our winners in pursuing their educational goals.”

“The USO of North Carolina takes great pleasure in congratulating this year’s recipients of the Military Service Scholarships offered by WGU North Carolina,” said Barry Morris, Communications Director of the USO of NC. “WGU’s programs are affordable, and the competency-based approach offers service members, veterans and their spouses the flexibility they need to study from anywhere, allowing them to stay competitive while they remain in service or transition into the civilian workforce.”

For more information about WGU North Carolina, visit nc.wgu.edu. To learn more about the USO of North Carolina, visit www.uso-nc.org.

About WGU North Carolina

WGU North Carolina is an online competency-based university established to expand access to higher education for North Carolina residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the 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 accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. WGU has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and has been featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at nc.wgu.edu.

About the USO of North Carolina

The USO of North Carolina strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. Founded in 1941, the USO of NC is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of North Carolinians to support its programs and services. The USO of NC serves the fourth largest military population in the U.S., and helps our service members and their families through critical programs and services, with nearly 600,000 service connections annually. Combined Federal Campaign donors have joined thousands of individual donors, our Chairman’s Leadership Circle partner Harris Teeter, Four Star Patriot Circle members American Airlines, Bank of America, Community Coffee, the Cannon Foundation and USAA, and other corporate partners to support the USO of NC and our service members. For more information visit www.uso-nc.org and to donate, visit https://give.uso-nc.org.

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