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IRMA partners with Western Governors University in the promotion of the Essential Worker’s Scholarship.

July 1, 2021 – APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: As of July 1, 2021 the WGU Essential Worker’s Scholarship application deadline has been extended to December 31, 2021. 

IRMA is pleased to work wtih our Retail Partner,  Western Governors University in the promotion of their Essential Worker Scholarship.  This scholarship, designated for those essential workers who have helped our communities through the pandemic, is valued at up to $3,000 towards any WGU bachelor’s or master’s degree in business, information technology, health professions or education.

“We are proud to support the advancement of retail workers in Illinois through our partnership with IRMA,” said Dr. Angie Besendorfer, Regional Vice President of Western Governors University. “When the pandemic hit, retail workers throughout the state worked tirelessly to help meet our needs. We created a scholarship to show appreciation for these essential workers and, to date, have awarded $192,000 to those who plan on earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree through one of WGU’s more than 60 online degree programs. Through this scholarship offering, we aim to help support the educational goals of retail workers throughout the state by providing them with an affordable and accessible path to earn their degrees.”

DEADLINE EXTENSION: Application deadline is December 31, 2021.

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This partnership reflects IRMA’s commitment to workforce development and will afford flexible and affordable educational opportunities that meet the needs of the retail workforce. IRMA knows the long-term vitality of Illinois’ economy hinges on having a literate, educated workforce able to adapt to the demands of an ever-changing and challenging global economy. We understand that developing a quality workforce goes beyond elementary and secondary education. Workforce development efforts targeted at adults and existing workforce members are vital to ensuring they remain professionally viable.