June 2007

Today, Nelnet presented a $25,000 donation from the Nelnet Foundation to the Imagine America Foundation

Lincoln, Neb., June 12, 2007- Today, Nelnet presented a $25,000 donation from the Nelnet Foundation to the Imagine America Foundation (IAF) to fund Imagine America Promise scholarships, bringing Nelnet's total of recent IAF donations to $50,000. The IA Promise Scholarship Program rewards college students who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication; to date, this program has provided financial assistance to more than 400 students who attend an institution that focuses on career education. With the donation from Nelnet, a leading education planning and financing company, another 25 students will be $1,000 closer to paying for their education as they pursue their life-long goals.

"Imagine America Promise is the fulfillment of our promise to help students, who have maintained academic excellence, overcome funding barriers to complete their career education," said Bob Martin, President of IAF. "Thanks to Nelnet, these students are now closer to seeing their dreams through to graduation." Nelnet also donated $25,000 to the Imagine America Foundation as the sole sponsor of its Fact Book 2007: A Profile of Career Colleges and Universities, a bi-annual publication with research and analysis of trends in the career college sector of higher education.

"It is our distinct privilege to provide support for the Imagine America Foundation, an excellent organization that has an important function in preparing young people for rewarding careers," said David Bottegal, Nelnet's Chief Executive Officer of Education Services. "Creating educational opportunities for students is the heart and soul of both Nelnet's and IAF's philanthropic programs."

Martha Frances Crigler Byrne passed away in 2004 after struggling with a long illness, but this is not what she is remembered for.

Washington, D.C. (June 8, 2007) - Martha Frances Crigler Byrne passed away in 2004 after struggling with a long illness, but this is not what she is remembered for. She is remembered for her kindness, generosity and service to higher education. That's why the Imagine America Foundation established the Martha Frances Crigler Byrne Memorial Scholarship in 2005.

Crigler Byrne graduated from Shelbyville Central High School in Shelbyville, Tenn., in 1970. The scholarship presented in her name offers graduates of the school grants to attend the college of their choice. Recipients are chosen based on their academic records, community services and outreach.

This year, on May 11, the Imagine America Foundation presented four students with the scholarship. Nikita Graham and Taylor Crigler received the full scholarship amount of $5,000. Colleen Marquart and Chelsea Philpott were presented with $2,500.

"The outstanding students who receive this scholarship embody the kind and generous spirit of our friend and colleague Marty," said Bob Martin, president of the Imagine America Foundation. "I believe that, with the help of this scholarship, these students will be able to make as much of an impact on others as Marty did."

Martha Frances Crigler Byrne dedicated 10 years of her professional career working with the Career College Association to help people attain higher education. As Vice President of Operations, she was responsible for assisting countless individuals to gain access to postsecondary schooling. With this scholarship, the Imagine America Foundation continues to honor her commitment.

Lockheed Martin recently donated $25,000 to the Imagine America LDRSHIP Award.

Washington, D.C. (June 4, 2007) - Scholarships often provide prospective students with the financial freedom to pursue their educations, and Lockheed Martin is helping make those aspirations possible for students with military service records.

Lockheed Martin recently donated $25,000 to the Imagine America LDRSHIP Award. The LDRSHIP award provides financial assistance to military veterans, including young men and women returning from military service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Honorees include reservists, honorably discharged, retired or active duty military personnel attending Imagine America-affiliated or Career College Association member institutions.

Bob Martin, president of the Imagine America Foundation, said he is appreciative of Lockheed Martin's continuing assistance with the LDRSHIP Award.

"This is a great opportunity for prospective students in the military," Martin said. "We are grateful to Lockheed Martin for their support of this important program for the United States military veteran community."

Recipients are eligible to receive as much as $5,000 toward their current career education. They must maintain a 3.5 grade point average and a 95 percent attendance record.

Lockheed Martin, an advanced technology corporation, has been a vital sponsor of Imagine America's LDRSHIP Award since 2004. The acronym LDRSHIP stands for Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless service, Honor, Integrity and Personal courage.