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“It’s an exciting time to be a nurse in Indiana,” said Kimberly Harper, Executive Director of the Indiana Center for Nursing. “As we continue to advance the profession and the quality of care provided by nurses in Indiana, many healthcare entities are increasingly requiring registered nurses to have at least a bachelor’s degree. WGU Indiana’s new scholarship is well-timed to help Indiana nurses further their careers during a critical time for the profession of nursing.”
WGU’s innovative, competency-based education model, which earned the university a spot in Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2013, measures learning rather than the time a student spends in a classroom seat. Students earn their degrees by demonstrating mastery of subject matter, completing coursework online at any time convenient to their lives. Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, competency-based education allows students to take advantage of prior learning and experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. In addition, tuition at WGU Indiana has remained at a flat rate of about $6,000 per year since the school’s inception in 2010.
Last year, Mary Carney, a nurse at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent, Indianapolis, and the first in her family to go to college, graduated from WGU Indiana’s MS Nursing-Education degree program. “I started my BSN in 1981, but life got in the way,” Carney said. “When my husband lost his job, I needed to return to work full time. With four children and working the night shift, money and my job were obstacles. On my 55th birthday, I realized it was now or never. Since then, I completed both my BSN and MSN at WGU Indiana.”
“Our hope is that more nurses will see this scholarship as the right opportunity to go back to school, complete the next steps in their degrees and go further in their careers—like Mary did,” WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber said. “The time is now.”
The deadline to apply for a WGU Indiana Go Further in Nursing Scholarships is September 1, 2013. All applicants must first be admitted to WGU Indiana. For more on the new scholarship, visit http://indiana.wgu.edu/gofurthernursing, or call 877-214-7014. To learn more about all of WGU Indiana’s degree programs, visit indiana.wgu.edu.
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