June 2008

Imagine America honors Everest University student with 2008 LDRSHIP Award

Las Vegas, Nev. (June 27, 2008) – Everest University is proud of one of its own. Wayne Geldbach has capitalized on his strengths serving in the military and now as a student pursing his degree in Computer Information Science.

Geldbach, along with five other men and women who have honorably served in the military, will be recognized by the Imagine America Foundation with a 2008 LDRSHIP Award. A cash grant of up to $5,000 sponsored by Lockheed Martin will be given to Geldbach to provide assistance toward completing his current career education at Everest.

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.

The LDRSHIP Award stands for Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage, characteristics Geldbach has exemplified both in his military and student-life experience.

Not only was Geldbach stationed in Berlin during the Cold War, but he has also been stationed in Vietnam, North Korea, South Korea, Guyana, Iran, Yemen, Honduras and Zaire. His military service has provided a backbone for the personal courage needed as a civilian coping with the death of his wife and later his son.

“This guy has been through so much in his life,” says John R. Buck, president of Everest University in Pinellas. “With his near-perfect attendance and 3.95 GPA, Wayne has continued to persevere, keeping his eye on the goal of attaining his degree. He’s a survivor with a positive attitude and willingness to share with others; we’re proud to have him as one of our students.”

Nelnet promotes student opportunities through $25,000 donation to Imagine America Foundation

Lincoln, Neb., (June 25, 2008) – Today, the Nelnet Foundation presented a $25,000 donation to the Imagine America Foundation (IAF) to fund Imagine America Promise scholarships. The Imagine America Promise Scholarship Program rewards college students who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication. To date, this program has provided financial assistance to more than 500 students who attend institutions that focus on career education. With the donation from the Nelnet Foundation 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 Robert L. Martin, President of IAF. “Thanks to Nelnet, these students are now closer to seeing their dreams through to graduation.”

The Imagine America Foundation (IAF) is a not-for-profit organization. In addition to its work to provide scholarship support for students of various backgrounds attending career colleges, IAF is also the publisher of vital research for higher education.

“We are proud and excited to offer scholarship assistance to deserving students preparing for important careers,” said Jeff Noordhoek, President of Nelnet. “Creating educational opportunities for students has always been and continues to be the focus of our philanthropic efforts.”

 The Nelnet Foundation carries out this vision by promoting education opportunities for individuals of all ages and supporting community-focused associations and initiatives. The scholarship and financial aid programs the Nelnet Foundation supports are designed to assist students and families in meeting their educational goals.

Imagine America Foundation announces newly elected board members

Washington, D.C. (June 19, 2008) – Inspiration and understanding. A commitment to education and innovation. Allegiance and leadership. These are qualities newly elected members bring to the Imagine America Foundation’s 2008-2009 Board of Directors. As in years past, IAF’s board members will be responsible for guiding the research- and scholarship-providing arm for the career college sector throughout the coming year.

“Each elected official brings years of experience to the table,” said Imagine America Foundation President Robert L. Martin. “These newly appointed board members have shown overwhelming dedication to the Imagine American Foundation as well as the career college sector.”