AFGE Member Receives Grantham University Scholarship for Criminal Justice DegreeCovers cost of tuition, books and software for criminal justice degree; laptop provided by AFGE

Kansas City, Mo. – November 1, 2011Grantham University, a 60-year-old institution delivering accredited online degrees to working adult students around the world, has awarded Lyndsay Kaulave, a member of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1482, with a full scholarship. The scholarship was presented by AFGE National Vice President, Eugene Hudson, and Grantham University representative, Gregory Seay, at a VPP Lunch and Learn hosted by Local 1482.

Kaulave's scholarship, valued at $36,000, will cover the cost of tuition, required textbooks and software as she completes an undergraduate degree in criminal justice at Grantham. Additionally, AFGE provided Kaulave with a new laptop to help with her studies.

"This is the first year that AFGE has expanded its partnership with Grantham University to offer a scholarship to one of our members, and we are so proud to be helping Lyndsay," said John Gage, national president of AFGE. "She epitomizes what we stand for and how we strive to help our members achieve their goals, both personally and professionally."

The partnership with the AFGE, which was established in 2004, makes sense for Grantham, said Joseph McGrath, president of Grantham University.

"The organization's values of working for and with federal government employees mirror our devotion to our students and our commitment to opening the doors of higher education for those who serve our country in any number of capacities," he said.

Kaulave works for the Marine Corps Police Department in Barstow, Calif. She has been a member of AFGE since 2006 when she first became a federal employee.

In her application essay she wrote about working to provide for her son and daughter and valuing what a degree means for her career.

"In today's society and in many government jobs, a degree is essential in career advancement," she wrote. "I may have joined AFGE for reasons apart from its main mission; however, I believe that AFGE through Grantham University can effectively achieve its mission through me."

Grantham University's accredited online degree programs are flexible and portable, allowing students to fit education into their life instead of arranging life around their education. The University offers 38 different associate, bachelor and master's online degrees in a wide variety of disciplines. Grantham's online criminal justice degrees include: Certificates of Learning in Emergency Operations Management, Computer Forensic Investigations, Juvenile Justice and Criminal Investigation; an associate degree in Criminal Justice; and a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with concentrations in Homeland Security and Computer Science.

For more information about Grantham University and its degree programs, visit: or call 800-955-2527.

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