WGU Indiana has entered into its first partnership with a municipality. The agreement with the city of Westfield involves scholarships and tuition assistance for residents and city employees.
WGU Indiana Chancellor Allison Barber and Westfield Mayor Andy Cook say two $2,000 merit-based Mayoral Scholarships will be available to Westfield residents. In addition, 10 $300 tuition certificates will be available to Westfield employees and residents. The school and city are co-funding the scholarships and certificates.
In a release from WGU, Mayor Cook said, "Westfield and WGU Indiana share an innovative spirit that will make this partnership strong and enduring. Putting Westfield residents in touch with high-quality education will increase our collective educational attainment and improve upon quality of life for everyone."
Barber says the partnership is a big step in "removing the roadblocks that have kept adults from returning to school and finishing their bachelor’s or master’s degrees."
Earlier this year, the state’s nonprofit, online university awarded its 3,000th degree since launching in 2010.