Kansas City, MO - March 16, 2009 - Grantham University serving working adult students around the world, today announced that it is offering its own version of a "stimulus package." The University is offering a new Education Technology Grant for military and veteran students that will provide them with a new Dell laptop computer after they have successfully completed between 12 and 18 semester credit hours. The Education Technology Grant is available to all active duty military, reservists, and national guardsmen, as well as veterans (honorably or medically discharged) of any branch of the United States Armed Services.
"We're very pleased to be offering this grant to our service members," said John LaNear, J.D., Ph.D., President of Grantham University. "Research shows that service members need portable, up-to-date technology to successfully persist in off-duty voluntary education. Many service members find that with a laptop, they can continue their classes while on deployment, during training exercises, or when on temporary duty."
The Grantham Education Technology Grant is intended to facilitate student success and persistence, supporting President Obama's recent call for Americans to complete at least one year of post-secondary education -- and for the U.S. to have the highest proportion of college graduates in order to secure America's long-term prosperity. According to statistics cited by President Obama, half of the 30 fastest growing occupations in America require at least a bachelor's degree, and by 2016, four out of ten jobs will require at least some advanced education or training.
"Much like the President's goal, Grantham University's mission is to see our students succeed," adds Dr. LaNear. "We believe this grant will enable our military students to be as successful as they can be by providing them with the tools needed to pursue their educational goals."
Grantham's flexible 100 percent online degree programs allow students to access their coursework when and where it is convenient for them, making learning possible regardless of work and family commitments.
"At Grantham, we want our students to be able to fit education into their lives instead of rearranging their lives around traditional educational structures," said Dr. LaNear. "If they show us they're serious about their studies, we'll show them we're serious about their success by providing them with a grant for a new laptop computer."