Kansas City, Mo. – June 24, 2010 – Grantham University, an online university dedicated to providing educational opportunities to working adults for over 60 years, announced that it has awarded $7,000.00 in scholarships through the Imagine America Foundation's (IAF) Military Award Program. Connie Lucas, Erica Byrd, Jenifer Zitzke, John Meyer, Stephen Frison, Tywaren Johnson, and Woodrow Ishman each received a $1,000.00 scholarship to be applied to their tuition at Grantham University.
"We are pleased to award these scholarships to such a deserving group," said Johanna Altland, director of communications and chair of Grantham University's IAF Scholarship Committee. "Each of these recipients has served or is serving in our nation's armed forces, and it is an honor to give back to those who have given so much and to continue the University's tradition of meeting the educational needs of service members and veterans."
Each applicant was required to complete an essay on the topic, "Why should you receive a Grantham University IAF Military Award Program scholarship?" While the responses were very different, the scholarship recipients all shared a common drive and motivation to complete their undergraduate or graduate degree.
Connie Lucas, who served in the U.S. Army for five years and has been working as a civilian in the Department of the Army for 21 years, is completing courses for a degree in Business Administration and working toward her Acquisition Certification simultaneously. Lucas is pursuing her degree for two reasons: personal satisfaction and career advancement.
Single mom, Erica Byrd, is in her first year of classes at Grantham University. She is pursuing a Master in Healthcare Administration. "I am the first in my family to receive my bachelor's degree and will be the first to receive a master's degree," said Byrd. Her ultimate goal is to work for the Department of Health and Hospitals.
A 20 year active duty member of the Arizona Army National Guard, SFC John Meyer, is passionate about homeland security. He is currently assigned to the Joint Counter Narcotics Task Force and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice – Homeland Security at Grantham. After retirement from the National Guard, SFC Meyer plans to secure a position with a Federal law enforcement agency.
IC1 Stephen Frison
IC1 Stephen Frison, an active duty Sailor, is preparing himself for the next phase of his career by pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. Law enforcement and the criminal justice field has always been his passion. During his 16 years of service in the Navy, he has spent time performing security work and voluntarily deployed to Iraq for a corrections job. Upon retirement from the Navy, IC1 Frison plans to become a police officer and continue his service to his community.
Tywaren Johnson is pursuing his degree to make life better for his family. After serving eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps, he separated from the military and began working in the civilian world. The transition was tough and after switching jobs almost every six months, Johnson decided that it was time to earn a college degree. He is just six courses away from earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Since 2006, Grantham University has supported the Imagine America Foundation's Military Award Program (MAP), a national aid program that provides a $1,000 education award to a qualified active duty service member; reservist; honorably discharged or retired veteran of a United States military service branch for attendance at a participating college. This year, Grantham University will fund a total of fifteen, $1,000.00 scholarships.
Grantham's 100% online degree programs allow students to access their coursework when and where it is convenient for them, so they can fit education into their lives instead of arranging their lives around education. For more information, visit www.grantham.edu or call 1-888-947-2684.