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WGU Awards First Scholarship in Daniels' Name

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WGU Indiana has awarded its first scholarship named in honor of the outgoing governor. The school says the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. Go Further Scholarship is presented to a student in his or her final term.

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January 11, 2013

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - WGU Indiana is proud to announce the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. Go Further Scholarship. Created in honor of WGU Indiana's founding governor, the first-of-its-kind scholarship celebrates the success and progress of WGU Indiana and its students during Gov. Danielsí tenure. The scholarship's first recipient is Ann Marie Walker, a Griffith native pursuing her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8), and is valued at $3,000, covering all student expenses.

"This is the first time WGU Indiana has presented a scholarship for the final term of a student's degree program, demonstrating Gov. Daniels' vision for not only helping Hoosier adults go back to college but helping them earn a degree," WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber said. "Gov. Daniels has emphasized since the university was formed that WGU Indiana provides an affordable, flexible option for those adults who started college but never finished. Life got in the way before, and now they need a high-quality degree to help them go further in life. Ann Marie personifies those aspirations."

When Ann Marie's husband, a U.S. Army veteran, lost his job, her family found themselves "homeless" and forced to move in with relatives. Ann Marie, determined to keep her family from experiencing homelessness ever again, began studying for her degree at WGU Indiana. In the midst of medical and financial challenges, she is making excellent progress toward completing her goal

"My husband worked in sales and after the economy took a hit, so did our pay check," Ann Marie said. "I was attending another college at the time, but after losing our home, with no car to attend classes in person and four kids to care for, I thought all was lost. Then a prayer was answered almost three years ago when WGU Indiana came into existence. I have an opportunity to follow a dream of becoming a teacher and supporting my family. I will never again be forced to rely on anyone but myself."

Indiana is home to 740,000 adults with some college experience and no degree. Since Gov. Daniels created WGU Indiana in June 2010, the stateís nonprofit, online university has grown to more than 3,000 students and 500 graduates from every county in the state. WGU Indianaís academic model has been recognized by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education for its quality. Students enjoy free text books and are eligible for both state and federal financial aid. WGU Indiana announced earlier this year that it will hold its tuition level for a third straight year.

For more information on WGU Indiana's affordable and flexible degree programs, visit indiana.wgu.edu or call 877-214-7014.

About WGU Indiana

WGU Indiana has been established by the State of Indiana as a nonprofit, online, competency-based university to expand access to higher education for Indiana residents. Formed through a partnership with Western Governors University, WGU Indiana offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Business, Education, Information Technology and Healthcare Professions, including Nursing. In 2012, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education recognized WGU Indiana in its Reaching Higher, Achieving More agenda for the university's excellence in academic quality.

Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and nationally accredited through the Distance Education and Training Commission (DETC). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

WGU Indiana is an approved education provider for Indiana state grants and scholarships offered through the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI). In addition, the university has partnered with Ivy Tech to offer graduates who have completed their associate degrees a seamless transfer to complete their bachelorís degrees at WGU Indiana, including tuition discounts.

Source: WGU Indiana

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