LENEXA, Kan., Oct. 1, 2018 — Grantham University is pleased to receive the Johnson County NAACP 2018 Philanthropic Award, which was presented during the organization’s 55th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Sept. 30.

The event’s theme, “Working Together to Broaden our Community through Education,” aligns with the purpose and vision of Grantham – a pioneer in online education for adult learners. The banquet also helped solidify an already strong relationship between the university and the local NAACP branch.

Over the summer, the two organizations announced their partnership, which provides a number of benefits to NAACP members, their spouses and dependents who attend Grantham. Additionally, the two often work together on sponsorships, community volunteering and related initiatives.

“Grantham University has matched up (with NAACP) so closely in reaching out to help better our community as we have,” said Johnson County NAACP Branch Vice President Jay Holbert, “not just with financial help, but in the way the people of Grantham volunteer their time and services.”

Both organizations believe in the importance of equal rights nationwide and the power of diversity — specifically, what can be achieved when people embrace their differences and come together for a common goal, such as promoting education as a path to a brighter future.

Tabitha Davis, Grantham’s director of university outreach, accepted the 2018 Philanthropic Award on behalf of the university during the banquet.

“Grantham is proud to share these sentiments with the Johnson County NAACP, and to be honored with this award,” Davis said. “This has been a dream partnership. We are beyond excited to discover the opportunities still to come with such a passionate and dedicated organization as the NAACP.”

As Wandra Minor, act-so co-chair of the Johnson County branch explained, the feeling is mutual.

“When we need community support, Grantham is one of the first to share its resources,” Minor said. It is organizations like Grantham University that help non-profits fulfill their community potential.”


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. Today, Grantham’s commitment to providing affordable, accessible higher education has evolved into a culture of service that extends to all adult learners. The university proudly helps students achieve their dreams through quality education that is enabled by a unique approach to comprehensive student support, consistently low tuition, and 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 100 percent online university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate certificates and degree programs.

Liz Istas
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