NASHVILLE – Western Governors University (WGU) Tennessee, an online nonprofit university, recently announced two new scholarships aimed at addressing the increased demand for nurses and IT professionals due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“These two new scholarships are really born from the sudden shift in needs we’re seeing from our workforce,” Kim Estep, chancellor for WGU Tennessee, said. “Increased stress on hospitals and the need to go virtual have shown a gap in the labor market we’re helping to address. We expect the need for both of these industries will grow even after the pandemic and want to provide our students with a leg up in skills, training and education that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their careers.”
Named for Dr. Margaret McClure, the catalyst for today’s magnet hospital program, the Margaret McClure Scholarship is open to any nurses seeking to elevate their careers. The scholarship is worth $5,000 and is awarded to one recipient each quarter who has demonstrated activism or innovation in nursing that improves patient outcomes. Students can utilize this scholarship for a BSN or MSN through WGU’s nursing degree programs.
WGU’s cybersecurity programs include multiple industry-recognized certifications without adding time or exam fees. The Cybersecurity Scholarships, offered to 20 WGU students pursuing an IT degree in cybersecurity, are valued at up to $5,000 each.