LENEXA, Kan.—Grantham University in conjunction with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has named Angela Jackson of Beacon, N.Y., as recipient of a $36,000 scholarship. Jackson is working toward a master's degree in business administration at Grantham University with expected completion in 2016.
Jackson, 43, is a native of Detroit, Mich., and began her government administrative career as a member of a Teamsters Union with Detroit newspapers spanning 12 years and several promotions. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and a master's degree in public administration from Texas Southern University. She is employed as a medical support assistant in the scheduling call center for Veterans Affairs at the Castle Point campus in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
The scholarship award will help Jackson strengthen her ability “to move through the ranks of government leadership, while supporting the very organizations that have made it possible for both women and minorities to be successful in America. As a mature student, I intend to not only put forth my best effort, but also continue to serve the veterans of our country with the highest quality of service I can provide, and follow both the mission of the Veterans Affairs and the American Federation of Government Employees.”
Jackson is a survivor of breast cancer and leukemia and credits strong networks, often through unions, with aiding her to find a bone marrow donor to help her achieve remission from cancer. Jackson said she plans to pursue additional education with the same strength of determination that she used to fight cancer, “so that I, too, may be a force to reckon with in a powerful unionized organization.”
Jackson’s family includes three generations of United Auto Workers’ members during a time when the labor movement was strong in Detroit.
“Watching this union activity taught me the power and strength in numbers, and what a unified organization can do to create real change. More than just in the workplace, union power makes this nation a better place through the brother- and sisterhood it affords each of its members,” she said.
The scholarship is awarded to a student who is an AFGE member and on the basis of a 500-word essay, “What my union means to me,” said Michael Hooker, senior manager, Organizational Partnerships at Grantham.
Grantham University, a leader in online military education, offers a variety of scholarships to deserving students, along with various financial assistance programs. To learn more visit http://www.grantham.edu.
About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelors and masters degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham’s program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance-learning university spanning six decades of service to education. 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).
# # #