Already highly regarded as one of the nation’s top military-friendly universities, today William Woods University (WWU) announced its latest initiative to benefit those who serve in the armed forces and as first responders.
Beginning with the 2023 Fall Semester, The Woods will offer a new Military and First Responder Grant, a significant tuition reduction program for WWU students, as well as their spouses and dependents, that either serve the nation in the military or their communities as first responders.
“We take great pride in our longtime commitment to military service members, and are pleased to broaden that commitment through our new Military and First Responder Grant, which is also extended to those who serve their communities as first responders,” said Dr. Jeremy Moreland, President of William Woods University. “We prize the extraordinary talent and experience that military service members, veterans and first responders bring to our university community, and are proud to offer them affordability, flexibility and meaningful educational opportunities.”
As part of the WWU Military and First Responder Grant, recipients would receive:
· 20% Discount on Online Tuition: Offering an exclusive 20% discount on William Woods University’s online tuition, creating an affordable opportunity for career development;
· 60% Discount on Traditional Tuition: Extending to personnel and their families seeking the traditional student experience a 60% discount on residential campus tuition; and
· Missouri National Guard Discount: Offering prospective students who are members of the Missouri National Guard (or who plan to be) the special rate of $250 per credit hour to attend the residential campus and participate in the Show-Me GOLD Program.
The Military and First Responders Grant is just the latest initiative at The Woods that honors those who serve. Earlier this year, the University received the official “Military Friendly” designation from a national veteran-owned marketing firm, Viqtory Recruitment Marketing Solutions, an annual list of colleges, universities and businesses that provide the best service to military members and their families.
WWU announced the establishment of the Show-Me Guard Officer Leadership Development (GOLD) program in 2018, becoming the first private institution to host the program. Designed to train and prepare young men and women to serve as commissioned officers in the Missouri National Guard, the Show-Me GOLD program first began being offered at William Woods in 2019.
In addition, the University began offering the Triumph Program in 2019. The Triumph Program is a partnership between WWU and Missouri Military Academy in which MMA students are able to take college courses and earn college credit at William Woods while still high school students.
And finally, the cost, support and career services, and flexibility – all hallmarks of the WWU experience – are among the most important factors in college decision-making for veterans, according to a U.S. News and World Report study. William Woods’ online and part-time study options, as well as the freedom to start and stop as needed, provide the flexibility students need to finish their degrees as their schedule allows.