WGU Offers Nursing Scholarships in Honor of Linda Knodel

Press Release from Western Governors University

SALT LAKE CITY, May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Western Governors University recently announced $40,000 in nursing scholarships to honor the leadership of Linda Knodel, Senior Vice President of National Patient Care Services at Kaiser Permanente and a member of Western Governors University's (WGU) National Nursing Advisory Board. The Linda Knodel Leaders in Nursing Scholarship, valued at up to $5,000 per student, is for nursing students in the MSN-Leadership & Management and the Master of Health Leadership degree programs.

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Learn more about WGU's Linda Knodel Leaders in Nursing Scholarship

Each Linda Knodel Leaders in Nursing Scholarship will be applied at the rate of $1,250 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms. Students enrolling in either WGU's Master of Science in Nursing-Leadership and Management or Master of Health Leadership are eligible to apply. Applications are open to new students who have been officially admitted to WGU. While multiple scholarships will be awarded over the course of the next two years, this is a competitive program, and scholarships will be granted based on a candidate's academic record, financial need, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations.

As part of the application process, students will be asked to share an example of their personal leadership within their healthcare organization or demonstrate how earning their master's degree will facilitate achievement of their leadership goals.

WGU's use of competency-based education, which focuses on measuring learning rather than time spent in class, allows students to earn their degrees by demonstrating mastery of the subject matter they need to be successful—real-world competencies developed in collaboration with employers. Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, competency-based education allows students to take advantage of their knowledge and experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. WGU faculty members work one-on-one with students as mentors, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction. While WGU's degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their progress, saving both time and money.

About WGU
Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves 98,000 students nationwide and has more than 108,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation's leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 21 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today's rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, and was featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at

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