SALT LAKE CITY — (Dec. 1, 2017) Western Governors University (WGU) and Real Salt Lake (RSL) teamed up to grant scholarships worth a year’s tuition to four local students this year. Recipients Brian Oldroyd, Christina Hales, Braydon Eden, and Kaelee Nielsen were awarded the scholarships by WGU President Scott Pulsipher during halftime of Real Salt Lake’s match against the Portland Timbers on September 16 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
“WGU is more than a college, this is a place where people's lives are reborn,” said RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen. “This university enhances the quality of our state and the nation, and RSL is proud to join WGU to offer these students free tuition for one year.”
Each of the winners are currently enrolled at WGU and submitted an official entry form earlier in the year. Oldroyd is completing his bachelor’s degree in business management, Hales is finishing her bachelor’s degree in business—healthcare management, Eden is working towards his master’s degree in educational leadership, and Nielsen is earning her master’s degree in business administration.
“This scholarship will help me achieve my dreams of becoming a principal, earning a master’s degree, and providing for my family,” said Eden. “Because of this scholarship, and WGU’s affordable model, I’m saving money while also preparing for my future.”
The majority of WGU students are working adults who benefit from the online university’s flexibility and competency-based online degree programs, which allow students to complete courses on their schedule, advancing as soon as they are able to demonstrate mastery of the material. This, combined with affordable, flat-rate tuition of about $6,000 a year for most programs, is making it possible for more students to earn degrees that are helping them advance their careers. More than 5,600 Utahns are currently enrolled at WGU, part of a growing nationwide student body of more than 84,000.
Online, accredited, and nonprofit, WGU offers more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, K–12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.
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 84,000 students and 91,000 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 20 years, the university has become a leading force in changing lives through education. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.