Gerald Avery Wilson awarded the 2018 BIG Scholarship

Lenexa, Kan., April 18, 2018—Grantham University, an online university, awarded the National Organization of Blacks in Government (BIG) Scholarship to Gerald Avery Wilson.  With the full scholarship, Wilson will pursue his Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management.

Wilson is a gold plus member of BIG and serves as president of BIG’s Parklawn chapter in Region XI. In January 2018, he began his first term as president of BIG’s Darlene Young Leadership Academy Alumni Association. In addition to his involvement in BIG, he is active in his community and serves as a pastor for churches in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

He earned the scholarship because of his extensive service to BIG and the quality of his essay detailing “The BIG Experience: Today's Vision, Tomorrow's Reality.”

“We are proud to award this scholarship to Gerald Avery Wilson,” said Scott Andrews, Grantham University president and CEO. “At Grantham we are passionate about diversity and giving back, and he embodies that philosophy in his commitment to education and making a difference in the community.”

According to Wilson, the bachelor's degree will help advance his career. He currently serves as the special assistant to the deputy director of human resources/chief learning officer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Since 2013, Grantham has partnered with BIG at the national level to offer a full scholarship for a BIG member or their immediate family to pursue a graduate or undergraduate degree at the university. In addition to the scholarship opportunity, the partnership allows members of BIG to receive a special tuition rate of $250 per credit hour.


About Grantham University: Grantham University was founded in 1951 by Donald Grantham, a World War II veteran with a vision to make education achievable for military service members and veterans. Throughout the past 67 years, Grantham’s commitment to serving those who serve with affordable, accessible higher education has evolved into a culture of service that extends to all adult learners. The university’s ability to help students achieve their dreams through education is enabled by its unique approach and devotion to comprehensive student support, affordability options and its continual advancement in line with changing technologies.

Accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected distance learning university. The online university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs.


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Liz Istas has been Grantham’s communication manager for over seven years, and loves being part of the Grantham family of staff and students. Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Kansas State University.