Miami Gardens, Fl., February 27, 2018 – Grantham University, a 100 percent online university, awarded a full-tuition Gold Star Memorial Scholarship to Bianca Avery, a resident of Miami Gardens, Florida.  Bianca became a Gold Star Family member when her brother, Army Private First-Class Jeremy Ricardo Ewing, was killed in a car bomb attack in Baghdad in 2004. She will receive the scholarship during an upcoming segment of the Military Makeover show that features the renovation of the family’s home.

Through the Grantham scholarship, Bianca hopes to earn the knowledge necessary for starting a small business centered on the artistic decorations she currently creates as a hobby.  “I want to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Business Management, so I understand the best way to start and run my business,” Bianca said. “I want to be able to move forward in the proper way so my business is successful.”

She plans to begin her degree as soon as her husband Daniel returns from his deployment in the Navy. “I am so thankful for the scholarship because I wasn’t sure we could afford for me to go to school,” Bianca said.  “I wanted to get my degree online because of the flexibility and convenience. When my husband is assigned to a new base, being relocated won’t interrupt my schooling.”

Military Makeover will share the family’s story over a three-part series airing on Lifetime TV on the following Fridays at 7:30 a.m.: March 2, March 16 and March 30. The shows will focus on the Ewing family’s history, their needs, and the renovation and reveal of their updated home. Military Makeover enlists decorators, designers, landscapers and others to “transform the homes and lives of military families across the country.”

“Supporting our nation’s Gold Star Families is part of Grantham’s critical foundational mission, and we are proud to help Bianca achieve her educational goals,” said Scott Andrews, president and CEO of Grantham University. “While today we serve all adults seeking flexible, quality education, we have a rich, 67-year history of supporting the military learner. Offering the Gold Star Memorial Scholarship is just one way we pay tribute to those who so bravely served and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”

About half of Grantham’s students are affiliated with the military, and the university has a long history of supporting military members and veterans with several scholarships as well as textbook and software grant programs. Grantham also has a dedicated team versed in navigating military and veteran education benefits.

Grantham offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs through four schools: Mark Skousen School of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering and Computer Science, and College of Nursing and Allied Health. As part of the university’s commitment to providing affordable, attainable education, Grantham offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the nation, unchanged since 2007.


About Grantham University: Grantham University was founded in 1951 by Donald Grantham, a World War II veteran with a vision to make education achievable for military service members and veterans. Throughout the past 67 years, Grantham’s commitment to serving those who serve with affordable, accessible higher education has evolved into a culture of service that extends to all adult learners. The university’s ability to help students achieve their dreams through education is enabled by its unique approach and devotion to comprehensive student support, affordability options and its continual advancement in line with changing technologies.

Accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected distance learning university. The 100 percent online university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs.