October 19, 2007 - Pride, bravery and an unrelenting will to succeed are the characteristics the U.S. Military has shown in the war in Iraq. Those are essentially the same qualities, though perhaps on a smaller scale, it takes for students to push their way through to a college education and a successful career. Next week, the Imagine America Foundation will honor leaders who have displayed these traits in both the military and education realms with $5,000 scholarships.

The Imagine America Foundation, the research and scholarship-providing arm of the career college sector, will host the Military Leadership Awards event from noon to 2 p.m. on Oct. 25, in the Gold Room at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The annual event will honor several exceptional career college students who served their country honorably in the military and decided to further their education at an Imagine America participating or Career College Association member institution.

The military leaders being honored are:

  • Yanse Aseng, Florida National College, Hialeah, Fla.
  • Benjamin Claus, Triangle Tech, Greensburg, Penn.
  • Mark Harris, MedVance Institute, Cookeville, Tenn.
  • Dennis Johnson, Grantham University, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Patrick Myers, Kaplan College, Hagerstown, Md.

"We are proud to honor the recipients of the Military Leadership Award," said Robert L. Martin, Imagine America Foundation president. "These service members have courageously dedicated their lives to our country. Now it is our turn to give back to them."

Members of Congress scheduled to speak include Reps. Buck McKeon (R-CA), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Howard Coble (R-NC), and Bart Gordon (D-TN). Numerous other Members are also expected to attend.

Only active duty, reservist, honorably discharged or retired U.S. military veterans attending an Imagine America participating or Career College Association member institution are eligible to receive the cash grants.

About the Imagine America Foundation
The Imagine America Foundation (IAF), established in 1982, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarship, research and training support for the career college sector. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over $35 million in scholarship and award support for graduating high school seniors, adult learners and U.S. military veterans attending career colleges nationwide through its award-winning Imagine America(R) programs. The Foundation also publishes vital research publications for the higher education sector, honors achievement in career education and supports faculty/staff training. For more information about the Imagine America Foundation's scholarship and award programs, please visit www.imagineamericafoundation.com.

About the Career College Association
The Career College Association (CCA) is a voluntary membership organization of private, accredited postsecondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities that provide career-specific educational programs. CCA has more than 1,400 members (including 145 colleges in California) that educate and support over one million students each year for employment in over 200 occupational fields. CCA member institutions provide the full range of higher education programs: masters and doctoral degree programs, two- and four-year associate and baccalaureate degree programs, and short-term certificate and diploma programs. Visit CCA at www.career.org.