Grantham and AUSA offering 4-year scholarships to local Greater Kansas City NCO and NCO Spouse

NCO & NCO Spouse Scholarship Program - APPLY TODAY!

Kansas City, Mo. – April 6, 2010 – For the second year in a row, Grantham University, an online university serving working adult students around the world for over 60 years, has partnered with the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (KC AUSA) to provide one full, four-year scholarship to a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) and one full, four-year scholarship to the spouse of a NCO.  The scholarships cover tuition costs for an undergraduate or graduate degree, required textbooks, software, fees and shipping of the course materials.  The value of each scholarship is approximately $36,000.

“Grantham has supported AUSA nationally and locally for many years, and we’re honored to make it possible for two deserving members of the military community to pursue their educational goals,” said Lieutenant General Thomas Rhame (Ret.), member of Grantham University’s board of governors and the vice president of finance and administration for the AUSA.

Last year's scholarship recipients, Sgt. Matthew Giersdorf

Last year's scholarship recipients, Sgt. Matthew Giersdorf (left)

Last year’s scholarship recipients, Sgt. Matthew Giersdorf a NCO from Fort Riley, Kansas, and Lisa Kirk, the spouse of a NCO from Topeka, Kansas, are well on the way to realizing their dreams of earning a college degree.

Sgt. Giersdorf is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.  After he completes his military service, Sgt. Giersdorf would like to use his educationand military experience to teach communities about the dangers of drug abuse and violence in an effort to improve the quality of life for the citizens of those communities.

Ms. Kirk, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies, is looking forward to becoming the first of four siblings to earn a college degree.  “This scholarship provides me with the opportunity to combine my 17 years of experience with a college education, which will give me additional credibility in the workplace,” said Ms. Kirk.

“It is our mission to promote the importance of maintaining a strong and ready Army in our community,” said Diane Boeger, KCAUSA president.  “One way we can do that is by partnering with Grantham University to provide our members with continuing education and training opportunities, including the annual awarding of the NCO and NCO Spouse scholarships.  This is a great program and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

Scholarship eligibility requirements and the online application can be found at http://www.grantham.edu/ausa-nco.  Scholarship recipients must reside in the communities of Greater Kansas City, Ft. Leavenworth, Ft. Riley, and Topeka.  Applicants do not need to be a member of AUSA.  Applications for the Grantham University NCO and NCO Spouse Scholarship Program must be submitted by midnight (Central time), May 11, 2010.

Grantham University will present the NCO Scholarships at the Heart of America Army Birthday Celebration on June 5, 2010, at the Westin Crown Center Hotel, in Kansas City, Mo.

About KC AUSA:
As one of the 125 AUSA chapters located in nine regions worldwide, the Greater Kansas City Chapter mission is to promote an understanding of national security issues, the importance of maintaining a strong and ready Army and to enhance patriotism within the Greater Kansas City area.  For more information, visit: http://www.kcausa.org/.