February 2008

Imagine America Foundation President Included Among Top 25 Most Influential By Career College Central

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 7, 2008) – Robert L. Martin, President of the Imagine America Foundation, is soon to be recognized as one of the most influential people in career education by Career College Central.

In the March edition of the industry trade publication, Martin will be included among a group of the sector’s most prominent names capable of affecting change throughout the career college sector of higher education.

Those executives featured on the “25 most influential executives” list were selected for their involvement in changing the way schools operate, how business is conducted on a daily basis and creating an environment that allows students to obtain the education to live out their dreams.

As president of the Imagine America Foundation, Martin has worked tirelessly to promote the career college sector of higher education by conducting and publishing vital research. Most notably, IAF has provided more than $35 million in scholarship and award support, helping countless individuals in their pursuit of higher education.

“I am very pleased to be recognized by Career College Central magazine, but this really has more to do with the strong performance of a dedicated board and a hard-working staff,” Martin said. “Because of these committed individuals, IAF continues to make a difference in the lives of thousands of career college students and bring research and training to the higher education sector.”

The complete list of the 25 individuals recognized for their commitment to the advancement of the career college sector and its students will be shared upon Career College Central’s release in mid-March.

Contact: Kerry Turner, Manager of Marketing & Publications
Phone: (202) 336-6711
E-mail: kerryt@imagine-america.org

Over $450,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Career College Students

Washington, D.C. (February 6, 2008) – Rising education costs should never get in the way of a good student's dream to become a leader. With the help of the Imagine America Foundation, students who demonstrate dedication to their education are breaking down barriers between themselves and their dreams.

One hundred students from participating Imagine America colleges have been awarded the Imagine America Promise scholarship in the amount of $500 each. This scholarship will go toward tuition at the recipient's career college.

Recent recipients are students from 36 different career colleges and campus locations across the U.S. These 100 students have maintained above a 3.5 GPA, as well as a 95% or higher attendance record.

This brings the total amount of scholarship funds awarded to $450,000 since the Imagine America Promise scholarship program was created in 2002. With the help of sponsors, such as Nelnet Inc., The Sallie Mae Fund, Bridgestone Firestone Trust Fund, and contributors of the 21st Century Workforce Fund, this $450,000 in scholarships has been awarded to over 550 students.

The Imagine America Promise scholarship is the actualization of the Foundation's promise to assist students who are currently attending participating Imagine America colleges by way of the Imagine America high school scholarship and whose exceptional grades show a strong commitment to their program of study. Eligible awardees must have received an Imagine America high school scholarship previously and be nominated by a faculty member or representative of their current career college.

“Scholarships are a very important part of the Foundation,” said Robert L. Martin, Imagine America Foundation president. “It is rewarding to be able to assist in molding tomorrow's leaders by helping them finance their education.”