Grantham University Partners with NGAUS to Help Two Pursue Master’s Degrees

The Grantham University NGAUS Scholarship awards a National Guard Association of the United States member and a spouse with online education 

NGAUS president, retired Major General Gus Hargett, and Grantham University’s vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations, Dr. Jeffrey Cropsey, brought the two groups together to offer the Grantham University NGAUS Scholarships.

Lenexa, Kan. – Jan. 21, 2015 – Currently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by the year 2020 there will be an increase of around 18.4 percent of jobs requiring a master’s degree, which is the fastest growing educational necessity. This additional educational requirement might seem easy to accomplish on the surface, but how are Guardsmen – who frequently juggle work, military and family duties – supposed to fit pursuing an advanced degree into their already busy schedules? Grantham University, a 100 percent online university, and the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) have a solution. They partnered together to establish the Grantham University NGAUS Scholarship, which will provide the recipients with the opportunity to pursue his or her master’s degree with minimal interruption to daily life thanks to the completely online coursework.

“This new scholarship takes the great relationship NGAUS and our members had with Grantham University to a whole new level,” said retired Major General Gus Hargett, the association president. “For the first time we are not only going to be able to provide a potentially life-altering master’s degree to a deserving NGAUS member, but also one to a deserving member’s spouse.”

One Guardsman who has already seen the life-altering benefits associated with pursuing a master’s degree is Lieutenant Colonel Brett Cooper. Cooper, the defense movement coordinator for the state of Missouri, reflected, “Not pursuing my MBA wasn’t an option. I needed it in order to continue my progression with both the National Guard and my civilian career. I was recently promoted to vice president of my division. I believe that my MBA coursework made a difference as the classes increased my understanding of numbers on which to base business decisions, rather than emotions or assumptions, and that’s a huge part of my new responsibilities.”

There are two Grantham University NGAUS Scholarships available, each valued up to $14,200:

  • One for a NGAUS member (rank O-5 or below)
  • One for NGAUS member’s (rank O-5 or below) spouse

“Spouses are so important to our force and to our association,” Hargett said. “Grantham University is now giving us a chance to show it through these scholarships.”

Both scholarships cover the full cost of tuition, textbooks, software and fees for one of Grantham’s 14 master’s programs ranging from Master of Business Administration to Master of Science in Health Systems Management. Grantham’s coursework is 100 percent online, so the recipients can complete their degree anywhere.

“The job market’s competition is tough, whether in the Guard or as a civilian,” said Dr. Jeff Cropsey, Grantham’s vice president for strategic initiatives and external relations. “A master’s degree used to help strong candidates stand out from the crowd, but as they become more expected, Guardsmen need a program that fits with the lifestyle in order to stay relevant.”

Reflecting on these needs, Cropsey continued, “Working with NGAUS to offer these scholarships, we aim to make the addition of an advanced degree as Guard life-friendly as possible.”

The Grantham University NGAUS Scholarship application process will open in February and will run through the summer. The recipients will be announced in September at the 137th General Conference & Exhibition in Nashville. To be considered for the scholarship, in addition to being a NGAUS member or spouse in good standing, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Stay up-to-date with the latest scholarship developments: http://www.grantham.edu/in-the-news/.

About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online certificates, and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Grantham’s programs include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Grantham University has been accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Grantham University has been reviewed and approved as a Registered Educational Provider of the Project Management Institute.

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