SOURCE: Western Governors University

June 12, 2008 12:56 ET

Western Governors University Offers Scholarships Through Video Contest

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - June 12, 2008) - Western Governors University ( continues to offer opportunities for adult learners to have access to quality, affordable education, as the only fully-accredited, online university that is competency-based. As part of that effort, WGU is hosting a unique video contest with a valuable scholarship as its prize. Contestants are asked to submit a video explaining why they deserve to earn a scholarship and how earning a degree from WGU will change their life or the life of someone they know.

The window for video submissions is open from June 11, 2008 to August 11, 2008. All genres of videos -- including humor and drama -- are encouraged. A WGU panel will review all of the video submissions after the August 11, 2008 deadline and select five finalists based on the following criteria: quality of video (45%), amount of votes (40%) and the amount of views the video received (15%). Those five videos will be posted on the contest site on August 25, 2008 for the public to vote on the most deserving video for the top prize. The winner will be announced on September 3, 2008. Public voting will take place during the contest period and the voting period so entrants are encouraged to share their video with family and friends.

The winning video contestant will receive a $7,500 scholarship and a $500 cash reward, paying $1,500 per six-month term for up to five terms. The scholarship can be used for students pursuing a degree in any discipline offered by WGU in its Colleges of Business, Education, Information Technology and Health Professions. Other prizes include scholarships valued up to $3,000 and $100 gift certificates. ( is not a sponsor of this contest.)

This video contest is open to the public. The scholarships are not transferable to other universities, but may be transferable to incoming WGU students. Current WGU students and alumni who are considering a return to WGU for their master's degree are eligible to participate. The contest is subject to posted rules. For more information about submissions or to vote, please visit

About Western Governors University (WGU)

WGU is the only accredited online university in the U.S. offering competency-based degree programs. The private non-profit university has been a leader in online education for more than 10 years. WGU, now serving more than 10,000 students, was founded and is supported by 19 governors, as well as more than 20 leading corporations and foundations. They include corporations and foundations 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. WGU offers bachelor's and master's degrees in business, information technology, teacher education, and health professions, with students in all 50 states. More information is available at

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