Grantham University has awarded EANGUS member, military veteran and Hurricane Katrina survivor Eric Niemand a full scholarship. The university also announces scholarships in honor of Gulf Coast resiliency and appreciation for the Kanas City community.

(L to R) Eric Nieman, EANGUS member, receives the CSM Virgil R. Williams Scholarship to Grantham University from Mark Wilson, Grantham University Senior Education Outreach Representative.

(L to R) Eric Nieman, EANGUS member, receives the CSM Virgil R. Williams Scholarship to Grantham University from Mark Wilson, Grantham University Senior Education Outreach Representative.

Lenexa, Kan. – August 24, 2015 – Eric Niemand, is a resident of Slidell, Louisiana, a Grantham University student and EANGUS member. He has been on two combat deployments to Afghanistan, and lost his house during Hurricane Katrina while being activated for the hurricane. Eric’s perseverance, tenacity and strength have enabled him to continue pursuing a college degree, while working and volunteering in the community.

Grantham University was proud to partner with the Enlisted Association of the National Guard (EANGUS) to award Eric a full undergraduate scholarship to the University. The scholarship, named in honor of CSM Virgil R. Williams, is valued at up to $38,600 and covers tuition costs, required textbooks, software and fees.

“Despite numerous obstacles and set-backs over the past several years, I will not give up on anything.  That definitely includes my commitment to further my education, and I’m grateful to be a recipient of the CSM Virgil R. Williams Scholarship for Grantham University,” said Niemand.

Grantham University a 64-year-old institution delivering accredited online degree programs to working adults veterans and active-duty military students around the world, was located in Slidell, La., when many of its buildings were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. Grantham immediately relocated to Kansas City to continue serving its base of students located around the globe.

To honor the resiliency of Gulf Coast residents in its former home and in tribute to the community’s strong emergence from the devastation, Grantham University will award a one-time, full scholarship for a resident of the Greater Slidell/St. Tammany metropolitan area to earn an undergraduate, graduate degree or certificate, valued at up to $38,600 (inclusive of tuition, textbooks, software and fees).

The 10th Anniversary Resiliency Scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who demonstrates how earning a college degree can help them overcome obstacles and get a “fresh start” in taking charge of their future success.  Interested applicants can visit the scholarship website:

The university has also announced a 10th Anniversary KC Appreciation Scholarship valued at the same amount to commemorate its 10-year anniversary of relocating to the Kansas City metro area, and the warm welcome and support it received following the University’s move from Louisiana. Kanas City metropolitan residents may  apply for this one-time opportunity at:

“We have a deep and abiding affection for both the St. Tammany Parish area and our Kansas City community. They have each played a key role in the success and growth of our University,” said Steve Waldron, Grantham’s chief operating officer. “We hope providing these opportunities of a quality higher education, will play an important role in the futures of two individuals, who  will take that education and become even more productive members of these two vibrant communities. May they become living symbols of our gratitude.”

About Grantham University:

Established in 1951, Grantham University offers 50 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. With a mission to provide accessible, affordable, professionally relevant degree programs in a continuously changing global society, Grantham’s courses are 100 percent online, allowing students to study at home, at work, on Temporary Duty or from almost anywhere in the world. Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning more than six decades of service.