Leila Gallagher

Natasha ReedLENEXA, Kan. – January 31, 2017
 – Grantham University, and the National Organization of Blacks in Government (BIG), Inc are pleased to announce Natasha Reed as this year’s recipient of a full scholarship valued up to $39,471.

Ms. Reed is a licensed civil engineer employed by the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center in Port Hueneme, CA.  She is a member of Region IX, Ventura County BIG Chapter.

In her scholarship essay, Ms. Reed stated, “I would like to pursue a master’s degree in business.  I travel constantly for work and it is normal for me to not only be the only woman, but also the only person of color.  My goal is to break down the barriers in the math and science fields. I plan to do this through starting a foundation that helps mentor young women of color.”

“Grantham University serves an extremely diverse student population and we are once again proud to partner with BIG and provide equal educational and professional development opportunities for black government employees,” said Dr. Cheryl Hayek, interim university president and provost. “Ms. Reed’s desire to give back is an inspiration and we are excited to support her throughout her journey as a Grantham student.”

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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. Over the past 66 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, as well as those in need. The university’s ability to help students achieve their dreams through education is enabled by its unique approach and devotion to comprehensive student support and its continuous advancement in line with changing technologies.

Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university. The 100 percent online university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate certificates and degree programs, and serves a global student population of more than 17,000 annually.