Local teacher awarded surprise scholarship

Alicia Dufay will also be featured in TV show, "Military Makeover"

Alicia Dufay is shown receiving her surprise scholarship from WGU at Garfield Elementary School in Olympia on June 9, 2022.
Courtesy of Western Governors University

An Olympia teacher received a scholarship in a surprise visit from Western Governors University (WGU) earlier today at her school.

Alicia Dufay had a visit from WGU (Western Governors University) staff who informed her that she will be receiving a $4,000 Military Spouse Scholarship scholarship from the university.  Dufay teaches Grade 2 at Garfield Elementary School. 

Dufay plans to earn her master’s degree at WGU, with the university pledging to help her complete her degree “at a pace that works for her and her family,” according to WGU in a press release.

“One of the benefits of WGU being completely online was there was never a time where I had to give up something in my day-to-day life, with my family, with my job, in order to do something for school,” said Dufay, who is already a WGU alumna. “I was able to do things completely on my schedule.”

Dufay also be featured in the TV show, Military Makeover. 

Dufay, a military spouse, and her husband also have a child who has special needs. Her story will be shown on Friday, June 24 on Lifetime TV.

UPDATES: June 10, 2022 -- a previous version of this story was titled,  "Local paraeducator awarded surprise scholarship." This was incorrect as Dufay is a licensed teacher.   June 13, 2022 --  The previous version of this story indicated that Dufay would receive a home makeover.  This was based on incorrect information provided by a third party.  Instead, Dufay offered this correction:  "I will just be talking about my time as a student with WGU during a segment called Operation Career that airs as part of the Military Makeover show, she said.  We regret  the previous errors. 


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