June 2008

Imagine America Foundation announces outstanding LDRSHIP Award honorees

Las Vegas, Nev. (June 27, 2008) – It takes a certain type of individual to stand tall in the face of adversity. Six career college students have done just that. These six leaders have demonstrated a tremendous will to succeed during their military service to the nation in these challenging times. These remarkable qualities are the same attributes they have applied while pursuing their college education and career goals.

The Imagine America Foundation and Lockheed Martin will honor these exceptional young men and women returning from military service with up to $5,000 in cash grants toward completing their current career education with the 2008 LDRSHIP Award.

DeVry student honored with 2008 LDRSHIP Award

Las Vegas, Nev. (June 27, 2008) – For nearly a decade, Sarah Ambrozik has served our country admirably as a U.S. Army Avionics Mechanic. Currently enrolled at DeVry University pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, she has been honored with the 2008 LDRSHIP Award sponsored by the Imagine America Foundation and Lockheed Martin.

These two organizations chose to honor Ambrozik for her exemplary military and student achievement with a $5,000 cash grant. The LDRSHIP Award, established in 2004, is dedicated to providing financial assistance to young men and women returning from military service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As part of the annual Career College Association Convention and Exposition, the Imagine America Foundation will host the 2008 LDRSHIP Awards at a sit-down luncheon from noon to 2:15 p.m. on Friday, June 27, 2008 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The Imagine America Foundation is the research and scholarship-providing arm of the career college sector.

Ambrozik exemplifies what the LDRSHIP Award stands for: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage, characteristics she honed during her service. While in active duty at Camp Stanley in Korea, she fell in love with the Black Hawk helicopter. This, in turn, ignited her interest in pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology.

Among Ambrozik’s distinguished honors while serving her country were two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Korea Defense Service Medal.

Vatterott College student honored by Imagine America Foundation

Las Vegas, Nev. (June 27, 2008) – Raymond Havnen, Jr. deserves all the credit he’s due. Serving over 18 years in the U.S. Air Force, then targeting a career in Network Engineering & Computer Technology at Vatterott College in St. Louis, Mo., Havnen is a recipient of the Imagine America Foundation’s 2008 LDRSHIP Award.

The $5,000 cash grant, established to recognize exceptional career college students, is sponsored by the Imagine America Foundation and Lockheed Martin. Military veterans, including young men and women returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan, are the recipients of these grants designed to provide them financial assistance for completing their career education.

As part of the annual Career College Association Convention & Exposition, the Imagine America Foundation will host the 2008 LDRSHIP Awards at a sit-down luncheon from noon to 2:15 p.m. on Friday, June 27, 2008, at the Las Vegas, Nev., Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The Imagine America Foundation is the research and scholarshipproviding arm of the career college sector. A key corporate supporter of the Award is Lockheed Martin.

Havnen, now studying toward his degree at Vatterott College, exemplifies exactly what the LDRSHIP Award stands for: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage – not unlike his dedicated service while deployed overseas five times to three different countries. He credits his service in the Air Force as one of his greatest accomplishments.

To further illustrate his accomplishments, Havnen has been awarded 3 Commendation Medals, nine Air Force Achievement Medals, six Air Force Good Conduct Medals and the Humanitarian Service Medal. At Vatterott College, Havnen has maintained a 3.82 GPA and a near-perfect attendance rate.