News Brief - 2/7/17 Online, competency-based university encourages women to realize leadership potential KENT WGU Washington has extended the deadline to apply for its WGU Women in Leadership Scholarship. Applications are now being accepted through March 31, 2017. The online, state-endorsed university wants to encourage more women to pursue the knowledge and skills necessary to make a greater impact in the workplace and their communities. Recipients of the WGU Women in Leadership Scholarship will receive up to $2,000 ($500 per six-month term up to four terms). New and enrolling students can apply for the scholarship at washington.wgu.edu/lead2016. Applicants are asked to explain how a bachelor’s or master’s degree will help them realize their leadership potential. “With my education, I’m able to participate more intelligently in my role as a city councilmember,” said Dana Ralph, a WGU Washington graduate and member of the Kent City Council. “I can make more informed and intelligent choices as a business owner and elected official as well as a working mom and community volunteer.” Designed to fit into the lives of midcareer professionals, WGU Washington’s degree programs provide the job-ready training and credentials employers seek. The university is not-for-profit and regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. WGU Washington uses a competency-based educational model that measures learning rather than time spent in class. That system allows busy, working adults to advance their careers without disrupting work or other obligations. Students advance through their coursework by studying on their own time and once they're ready proving what they've learned. Prior work experience and academic knowledge may enable them to accelerate through subject matter they already know, giving them more time to focus on what they still need to learn.