New Scholarship to Help Small Business Employees Complete Business Degrees Online

Salt Lake City, Utah (PRESS RELEASE – November 28, 2009) — Western Governors University,, has launched a new scholarship program for employees and owners of small businesses who want to complete their bachelor’s degrees online in Business. The Small Business Leadership Scholarship provides up to $3,000 toward tuition at the online university for as many as 30 qualifying students.

Eligible degrees include:

* B.S. in Business Management
* B.S. Business–Information Technology Management
* B.S. Business–Human Resource Management
* B.S. Accounting
* B.S. Marketing Management

“Small businesses are vital to the U.S. economy,” said Patrick Partridge, WGU Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment. “To help them compete with larger companies, these businesses need employees who have completed their degrees from a high-quality college or university. WGU is committed to help these businesses and their employees meet their goals by offering rigorous degree programs that prepare employees for work in the real world. This scholarship program will allow more employees of small businesses, which often can’t offer tuition reimbursement, the opportunity to finish their bachelor’s degrees.”

To qualify for the Small Business Leadership Scholarship, applicants must work for a company with fewer than 500 employees, have completed an associate’s degree or at least 60 hours of collegiate coursework with a GPA of at least 3.2, and be admitted to WGU. Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis–applicant GPA, letters of recommendation, and essay will be considered. For more information regarding the scholarship, go to , or call 1-866-225-5948.

About Western Governors University (WGU)

“[WGU is] the best relatively cheap university you’ve never heard of.”- TIME magazine

Recently featured on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, WGU is the only online university in the U.S. offering competency-based degree programs. WGU courses are academically rigorous and designed for adults who are motivated and committed to earning a degree that supports their career objectives and meets the needs of employers. WGU has more than 16,000 students in all 50 states and offers more than bachelor’s, post-baccalaureate, and master’s degree programs in Business, Information Technology, Education, and Health Professions.

WGU is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) and regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, one of the major accrediting commissions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In addition, WGU’s Teachers College is the first and only exclusively online provider of teacher education to receive accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). WGU nursing programs have been accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

WGU was founded by 19 U.S. governors, and is supported by more than 20 leading corporations and foundations. They include institutions such as AT&T, BearingPoint, Dell, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, HCA, Microsoft, Oracle, Qwest, SunGard Higher Education, Sun Microsystems, and Zions Bank. More information is available at

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Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.

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