earth times logoNovember 13, 2007 - Grantham University, an online university specializing in educating working adults, today announced that the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE), Blacks in Government (BIG) Region XI and Federally Employed Women (FEW) all awarded a four-year Grantham University scholarship to one of its members. The scholarships, valued at $34,000, cover: tuition costs, required textbooks, software, fees and shipping of the course materials.

Jinny Shulenberger, a SAIGE member, applied for and won the Grantham University Scholarship because she needs a degree to advance in her federal government career and meet her lifelong goal of becoming the first Native American manager at her facility. Doris Johnson, a program analyst with the U.S. Department of Justice and the BIG Region XI scholarship winner, is interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with a specialty in Computer Science at Grantham University. Barbara Ballew of Portland, Oregon, the recipient of the FEW scholarship to Grantham, plans on pursuing her bachelor's degree and possibly her master's degree.

"Like so many of our working adult students, our scholarship recipients know that a college degree will enhance and improve their current professional careers," said Thomas M. Macon, chairman of Grantham University. "Education is important to all of them and Grantham University is excited at the opportunity to make a difference in their lives."

Grantham University is a designated online degree provider for the federal government's OPM e-training initiative which was designed to support the development of the Federal workforce and advance agency missions by providing access to high quality e-Learning products, information and services.

Grantham University offers online undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Criminal Justice, Business Administration and General Studies, Computer Science, and other technology related fields. Grantham's degree programs are flexible and self-paced, allowing students to complete their coursework at times and places that fit their busy schedules.

Grantham's faculty, administration, and advisors are comprised of educators, business executives, industry professionals and entrepreneurs. Among the advisors are Dr. Herbert I. London, founder, endowed chair, and former Dean of Students at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study; John Ashford, an advisor to Fortune 100 companies as Chairman and CEO of The Hawthorne Group; David E. Baker, Brig. Gen. (USAF, Ret.), a decorated fighter pilot and Senior Vice President for the Stanford Washington Research Group; and Rear Admiral Karen Harmeyer, former Chief Staff Officer, Navy Surgeon General, OPNAV 093R.

SAIGE was formed in 2001 to serve the needs of American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) federal employees. It is SAIGE's mission to promote the recruitment, hiring, retention, development, advancement and equitable treatment of AI and AN employees in the workforce. For more information about SAIGE, visit:

About Blacks In Government
BIG is a non-profit 501(c) 3 bi-partisan organization comprised of Federal, State, and Local employees, and is committed to achieving excellence in Government through equal employment opportunity. For more information about BIG's Region XI and the Grantham University Scholarship Program, visit:

About the FEW Foundation
The FEW Foundation for Education and Training is a 501(c) (3) charitable arm of Federally Employed Women, and focuses on providing opportunities for professional growth through leadership development, education, mentoring, and networking. For more information, visit and or call (202) 898-0994.