defense daily logoSeptember 11, 2007 - Grantham University, Along with the Association of the U.S. Army, AUSA, and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, NARI, Helps Family

Grantham University,, an online university specializing in educating working adults, today announced it's providing a four-year scholarship, including textbooks and software, to a wounded soldier's wife in Lowry City, Mo. The soldier, Sgt. George Bellis of the Missouri National Guard, was not able to accept the scholarship himself because of severe injuries sustained while serving in Iraq. His wife Tricia, will be awarded the scholarship for an undergraduate program of her choice. "We're proud to be able to give back to those who serve our country," said DeAnn Wandler, director of admissions at Grantham University and a director of the local greater Kansas City Association of the United States Army Board. "When 'Operation Soldier Assist' came to our attention, we thought the best way for our university to positively impact this family was to offer a four-year scholarship to a family member."

Grantham University began offering scholarships for active duty military, guard, reserve, veterans, and military families in 2001. In 2006, Grantham started the Severely Injured Scholarship Program for veterans who had been severely injured while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. Grantham's mission is to make a high quality college education accessible and affordable for working adults.

"We believe that every service member should have the opportunity to pursue a college degree and we will continue to offer programs and services like this scholarship that help service members and their families surmount barriers to higher education," said Wandler.

In addition to Grantham's scholarship, Kansas City's NARI chapter will begin remodeling the couple's home on September 8 and 9. More than 40 home remodeling professionals and other volunteers from the Kansas City area will spend the weekend of September 15 and 16 making much-need repairs to the family's home. A ceremony celebrating the completed remodeling project and scholarship award will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, September 16 at their home in Lowry City, Mo.

"Patriots come in many forms," adds Wandler. "The wives and children of our military members face unique challenges like location, separation and financial hardship. When a soldier is deployed, the spouse becomes a single parent. These family warriors are often overlooked. We're excited to invest in the future of this family and give the gift that keeps on giving -- education."

To learn more about the upcoming event, please call Laura Taylor: 1-888-947-2684 ext. 342.