In partnership with our parent institution—Western Governors University—WGU Washington is proud to offer several scholarship opportunities.

Scholarships are one of the many ways in which WGU Washington removes obstacles from your path to achieving your education goals and improving your career opportunities. It’s part of our investment in the future of our students.

Current Scholarship Offerings (for new students)

The following scholarships are available for new WGU Washington students, depending upon specific eligibility requirements for the particular scholarship. Students are eligible to apply for these scholarships during the enrollment process and up to 60 days after starting a degree program.

In addition to the scholarships on this page there are a limited number of scholarships, not described on this page, available only to current students.

(To learn more about or to apply for a specific scholarship, click on the specific scholarship name below.)

WGU Washington General Scholarships

Scholarship Name Valued up to

WGU Washington Back-to-School Scholarship
For students who have already completed at least 60 prior college credits and who are ready to complete an undergraduate degree or earn a master's degree.

$2,000

Continuing Graduates Scholarship
For Night Owls who have earned a bachelor’s degree from WGU Washington in the past year and are ready to begin a master's degree.

$2,000

WGU Washington Excellence in Business Scholarship
For business professionals with substantial college experience who want to further their education with a bachelor’s degree in business.

$3,000

WGU Washington TechJunction Scholarship
For IT professionals who wish to earn their bachelor’s or master’s degree in one of our information technology programs. Scholarship awards will be presented at the October 28 TechJunction event in Spokane, Washington.

$2,000

WGU Washington Interface Scholarship
For IT professionals who wish to earn their bachelor’s or master’s degree in one of our information technology programs. Scholarship awards will be presented at the December 10 Interface event in Seattle, Washington.

$2,000

WGU Washington Partner Scholarships

Scholarship Name Valued up to

WGU AmeriCorps Scholarship
WGU Washington has partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service to help AmeriCorps alumni finish a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

$2,000

Western Association of Food Chains Scholarship
WGU Washington has partnered with the Western Association of Food Chains to help employees of eligible WAFC partner institutions earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

$2,500

WGU Leaders in Nonprofit Scholarship
WGU Washington has partnered with Free For Charity to offer scholarships for professionals working in the nonprofit sector seeking a master's or undergraduate degree.

$2,000

WGU NACCTEP Scholarship
WGU Washington has partnered with National Association of Community Colleges with Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP) to offer scholarships for graduates and staff of NACCTEP-affiliated community colleges to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree and obtain teacher licensure.

$2,000

WGU StraighterLine Scholarship
For motivated students who have completed at least four StraighterLine courses who wish to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree.

$2,000

WGU NEA Academy Partner Scholarships
For NEA Academy members pursuing a master’s degree in teaching.

$2,400

WGU Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
For motivated Phi Theta Kappa members with an associate's degree who wish to continue their education and earn a bachelor's degree.

$2,000

ANPD Excellence in Nursing Education Scholarship
For ANPD members looking to earn a WGU online bachelor’s degree or master's degree in nursing or healthcare.

$2,000

WGU Washington Hispanic Nursing Scholarship
For working, Hispanic/Latino nurses interested in earning a BSN, MSN or an MBA in Healthcare Management.

$2,000

WGU Institutional Partner Fund
For employees of WGU’s partner institutions who wish to advance their education in the business, education, information technology, or healthcare fields.

$2,000

WGU Washington K-12 Partners Scholarship
For employees of WGU Washington's ESD and school district partners who wish to advance their education in the business, education, information technology, or healthcare fields.

$2,000

WGU Washington Community College Graduate Scholarships
For graduates from a community college in Washington who wish to continue their education to earn a bachelor’s degree.

$2,000

WGU Healthcare Partners Fund
For employees of WGU’s partner hospitals and healthcare organizations who wish to advance their education to become educators, managers, and leaders in vital healthcare fields.

$2,500

Scholarships for Military Personnel, Veterans, and Spouses

WGU Washington is proud to offer a variety of scholarship opportunities for active-duty military personnel, veterans, and their spouses. These scholarships may be used in addition to VA benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill® and Military Tuition Assistance.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Scholarship Name Valued up to

Don Brunell Tribute Scholarship
For military personnel, retired military, veterans, and military spouses who wish to advance their education in business, education, information technology, or healthcare.

$2,000

WGU Washington Military Appreciation Scholarship
WGU has partnered with the National Military Family Association to offer active duty, veteran military personnel, and their spouses an opportunity to advance their education.

$2,000

Questions and Answers

Select a question from the left, see the answer to the right.

How do you select scholarship winners?

It depends upon the scholarship. In general, we award scholarships based on the following factors:

  • Meeting the basic eligibility requirements
  • Answers you give on the scholarship application
  • An interview with a scholarship counselor

Some scholarships are also based upon evaluations of prior college transcripts and other tests. We encourage you to apply.

When will I find out if I’m selected?

WGU evaluates scholarship applications on a continual basis because we start new students in their programs every month. Often we are able to make an award decision within two to four weeks of receiving your application. In most cases, you will also need to have applied for admission and been accepted to the university. An Enrollment Counselor can help explain the process.

Do I get the scholarship all at once?

No. Scholarship awards are divided into a set amount per term. This amount is credited against your tuition due for each term. The details are explained in the description for each scholarship.

Can I also apply for financial aid?

Yes. You probably should apply for federal financial aid, too. Scholarship awards will only cover a portion of your school expenses, and financial aid can help pay for the rest. You can apply for financial aid while you are waiting for a decision about your scholarship application. It will not hurt your chances to win a scholarship. Click here to learn more about or apply for financial aid.

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