WGU Tennessee Launches Annual Tenn-K Scholarship Campaign

More than $3 million awarded in scholarships for a decade in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 4, 2023) – In celebration of WGU Tennessee’s 10th anniversary, the accredited, nonprofit online university is awarding $10,000 scholarships to up to 10 Tennesseans as part of its annual Tenn-K Scholarship program.

“For the past 10 years, WGU Tennessee has provided access to scholarships and affordable higher education to thousands of Tennesseans, including more than 3,900 WGU grads living in the state, making it possible for them to achieve their dreams,” said Kimberly K. Estep, WGU Tennessee Chancellor. “Going into the new year, the Tenn-K Scholarship provides a path for hardworking adults to pursue higher education and grow in their careers.”

One such beneficiary is Julie Bolling. After teaching 10th grade English at Jefferson County High School for eight years, Bolling decided she wanted to move into an administrative role in the school district. She pursued her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from WGU Tennessee to become an even more effective resource for students and teachers.

“The Tenn-K Scholarship was instrumental in my education, allowing me to earn my degree without the financial burden of traditional brick-and-mortar degree programs,” Bolling said. “The courses in my degree program have been instrumental in my new role as a literacy coach. I can’t thank my mentors, instructors, and everyone at WGU Tennessee enough.”

Bolling is now a literacy coach for high school students across the school district, where she provides data-driven best practices and trend analyses, as well as advises on next steps to address areas of need. With WGU Tennessee’s flexible degree programs and competency-based model, Bolling was able to accelerate through online courses while working full time, at her own convenience and on her own time.

WGU Tennessee has helped alleviate the financial burden for students by awarding more than $5,506,441 in scholarships to Tennesseans in the past decade, with nearly $340,000 from Tenn-K awards and more than $114,500 in emergency aid and programs for nurses, teachers, and more. With WGU’s already-low tuition of about $4,000 per six-month term for more undergraduate programs, the Tenn-K Scholarship covers approximately 70% if a recipient’s tuition costs, on average.

Those interested in applying have until March 31, 2023, to submit their application. Tenn-K Scholarships are awarded based on the applicants’ academic records, readiness for online study, and demonstrated financial need, as well as other considerations. Recipients are awarded four installments of $2,500 per six-month term, disbursed over their first four terms.

To learn more about the Tenn-K Scholarship, visit https://www.wgu.edu/financial-aid-tuition/scholarships/tennessee/tenn-k.html.


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 over 144,000 students nationwide and has more than 301,000 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 25 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 has been featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, and CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at wgu.edu and wgu.edu/impact.

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