Washington-based online college offers incentives to Hispanic students

posted on Tuesday, Sep 27 2011

A leading online college in Washington is offering $2,000 to members of the Hispanic population as part of an incentive program to encourage members of Latino communities to earn their online degrees.

WGU Washington recently announced the new scholarship program designed to help Hispanic students earn their undergraduate and master’s degree online. The only accredited online university in Washington, WGU will award the scholarships to working adults who want to earn their degree with the online college to improve their employment prospects in today’s difficult economic climate.

"With these scholarships, we celebrate the diverse WGU Washington student body," said Jean Floten, chancellor at the university. "WGU Washington’s students are hard-working independent achievers, and the students who receive these scholarships will reflect those values through their active contribution to the betterment of their communities."

Hispanic students applying to one of the university’s four areas of business, information technology, healthcare and education will be eligible for the scholarships. Applicants must use the scholarships towards earning their online bachelor‘s degree or master’s degree online, and must be able to demonstrate a commitment to improving their local communities.

According to the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, mature students may require additional technical support when completing their online degree, but often perform better than their younger counterparts.

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