Blacks in GovernmentKansas City, Mo. – October 4, 2010 – Grantham University, an online university specializing in educating working adults, announced today that it has awarded a scholarship to Mia Baker of Glenn Dale, Maryland, a member of Blacks In Government and a scholarship to Rashad Hamilton of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Grantham University provides Blacks In Government Region XI with an annual scholarship to award to one of its members or an immediate family member.  Because there were two equally deserving candidates this year, the scholarship was divided between them.  The scholarship covers tuition costs, required textbooks, software, and fees.

Ms. Baker, who works for the Library of Congress, plans to complete a bachelor's degree in Multidisciplinary Studies at Grantham University.  "I was already on the path to completing my Bachelor of Arts degree, but desperately needed funding, so I applied for the scholarship," said Ms. Baker.

When she is not busy studying and working, Ms. Baker volunteers her time and raises money for a variety of community organizations including Susan G. Komen and the Make a Wish Foundation.  Ms. Baker has also served as the Second Vice President of the Library of Congress chapter in Blacks In Government and was instrumental in increasing her chapter's membership by 50 percent.

Rashad Hamilton plans to pursue a master's degree in Information Technology at Grantham University.  He currently works as an insurance agent; however, his ultimate goal is to open a homeless shelter in the Charlotte area and offer counseling, life skill classes and money management training, so they can have a second chance at life.  Mr. Hamilton plans to use his education to make his dream a reality.

"We are very excited to have Mia and Rashad continue their studies at Grantham University," said Dr. Cynthia Hoss, President of Grantham University.  "Like so many of our working adult students, they both have a great deal of experience and are looking to build on that experience with a college degree."

Grantham's flexible accredited online degree programs allow students to access their coursework when and where it's convenient for them, so they can fit education into their lives instead of arranging their lives around education.  In a recent Student Satisfaction Survey, nearly nine out of ten students stated that they would enroll at Grantham again. To learn more, visit:

About Blacks In Government
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