LENEXA, Kan., March 22, 2018 — For the fourth time in the past seven years, Grantham University has been recognized for its support of the National Guard Educational Foundation (NGEF) and its contributions to preserve National Guard history.

The university’s Legion of Lafayette honor came March 17 during NGEF’s annual board of directors meeting. Dr. Jeff Cropsey, Grantham’s vice president for government relations, accepted the award from Major General James Hoyer, chairman of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS).

“Grantham University has an over 60-year history of supporting the educational goals of military personnel,” said Cropsey. “We are proud of and honored by the National Guard’s recognition of our service and support.”

Each year, NGAUS presents top supporters of the NGEF with the Legion of Lafayette award. Formed in 1975 and based in Washington, D.C., the non-profit NGEF works to tell the story of the National Guard and spread awareness about the 381-year-old military branch’s heritage and contributions to the nation.

Grantham University, recognized with the Legion of Lafayette award in 2011 as one of the first educational institutions to back NGEF’s mission, also received the medal in 2014 and 2015. Grantham offers more than 50 online degree and certificate programs, and for 67 years has educated active duty military service members, veterans and adult learners worldwide.

According to a statement from NGEF, Grantham’s commitment to the foundation “demonstrates an interest in the historic tradition of the American Militia and National Guard [and] honors the service of those Soldiers and Airman who have since earliest colonial times, played so vital a role in this great nation.”


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.