Online university offering scholarships to community college graduates

Published on Monday, 5 May 2014 22:01 - Written by Staff Reports


An online, nonprofit university will award scholarships to outstanding graduates from nine East Texas-area community colleges.

WGU Texas announced the launch of the Pursuit of Excellence Transfer Scholarship, which is aimed at encouraging emerging East Texas leaders to continue their education at the university, according to a news release.

The scholarships, which will be valued at up to $6,250 ($1,250 per term for up to five terms), can be used to pursue an online bachelor’s or master’s degree program at the university, according to the news release.

One scholarship will be presented to a graduate from each of the following community colleges: Tyler Junior College, Angelina College, Kilgore College, Northeast Texas Community College, Panola College, Paris Junior College, Texarkana College, Texas State Technical College Marshall and Trinity Valley Community College.

“We’re all working together to increase post-secondary completion rates in East Texas and across the state,” Kilgore College President Dr. Bill Holda said. “Through WGU Texas’ Pursuit of Excellence Transfer Scholarship, we will be able to recognize the truly outstanding students who graduate from our local community colleges and provide them a high quality and affordable avenue to further their education and future career.”

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a graduate of the transferring community or technical college, have completed an admission’s application and be successfully admitted to WGU Texas.

Applicants also will interview with a WGU Texas scholarship counselor as part of the application process. 

WGU Texas will select the scholarship recipients, but each community college president will have an opportunity to review potential candidates prior to the award announcement and can present the award to the deserving recipient, according to the news release.

The application deadline is June 30. Visit for more information.

The Greater Texas Foundation recently awarded WGU Texas a $500,000 grant (throughout the next three years) to create guaranteed transfer pathways and serve the rural Texas adult population who have some college credit and no degree.