Western Governors University (WGU) and the Salt Lake Bees teamed up to grant four scholarships worth a year’s tuition to local students on Saturday night. Recipients Shaun Belland, Brinlee Atkinson, Carroll Glidden, and Aubree Jacobsen were awarded the scholarships by WGU Senior Vice President of Regional Operations Gene Hayes and Vice President of Financial Aid Bob Collins following the fifth inning of Salt Lake’s Triple-A baseball game at Smith’s Ballpark.
Each of the winners are scheduled to start at WGU and submitted an official entry form earlier in the season. Belland is pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing, Atkinson is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Management, Glidden is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, and Jacobsen will be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education.
“I’m so excited about the opportunities this scholarship will give me. It puts me closer to my degree and achieving my career dreams” said Glidden.
Headquartered in Salt Lake, WGU offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four, high-demand fields: business, IT, education, and health professions (including nursing). Its online, competency-based model focuses on providing students with marketable skills, and allows them to complete classes at their own pace. This model maximizes flexibility, allowing students to study and learn whenever and wherever it is convenient and at a pace that fits their lifestyles. As a nonprofit institution, WGU is committed to keeping tuition costs low, with most degree programs being under $8,000 per year – about half as much as comparable universities.