September 2008

Imagine America Foundation Honors James Ramirez with a 2008 LDRSHIP Award

Washington, DC (Sept 26, 2008) – The Imagine America Foundation is pleased to announce that the LDRSHIP Award for 2008 was awarded to James Ramirez for his outstanding achievements as both a student of Marine Mechanics Institute and as a soldier in the U.S. Army.

Ramirez learned early on, while serving in the Army, that failure is not an option. Only through hard work and dedication, can goals be achieved. Serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom campaigns were some of his proudest moments while in the Army.

“While I was in the Army,” says Ramirez, “I always strived to get to the next level and be the best I could be. I am very excited and amazed to be receiving this award. I don’t even know how to put it into words. It is an honor to be given this award.”

Now extending his diligence and dedication to preparing for his next career, Ramirez is leading by example in the classroom at Marine Mechanics Institute, where he has made the honor roll twice, maintained a 4.0 GPA and a perfect attendance record.

“Students like James Ramirez set an excellent example at Marine Mechanics Institute,” said Dianne Ely, president of the UTI campus in Orlando, where Ramirez is enrolled. “We are very proud of his work ethic and commitment to quality, on and off campus.”

On Tuesday, September 23, 2008, while in Washington, DC, Ramirez was honored with the Imagine America Foundation’s LDRSHIP Award.

The LDRSHIP Award was established to recognize outstanding career college students who have served their country honorably through military duty. The award is given annually to men and women nationwide who exemplify: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.

Imagine America Foundation Honors Hong-ye Huang with a 2008 LDRSHIP Award

Washington, DC (Sept 26, 2008) – The Imagine America Foundation is pleased to announce that the LDRSHIP Award for 2008 was awarded to Hong-ye Huang for his outstanding achievements as both a student of ECPI Technical College and as a soldier in the U.S. Marine Corps.

After the 9/11 attacks, Huang joined the Marines because he felt it was his duty to help protect America. In July of 2006, Huang was part of the American-Lebanese evacuation, which rescued 800 people from war-battered Lebanon.

Imagine America Foundation Salutes Sharonda Davis with a 2008 LDRSHIP Award

Washington, DC (Sept 26, 2008) – The Imagine America Foundation is pleased to announce that the LDRSHIP Award for 2008 was awarded to Sharonda Davis for her outstanding achievements as both a student at Concorde Career Institute and as a soldier in the U.S. Navy.

Davis joined the Navy at the age of 18. Her mother had passed away and she wanted to make a future for herself and felt the military would be the best option. Forty-five days after Davis left her home in New Orleans where she was stationed, Hurricane Katrina hit.

“Everything I had was there,” says Davis. “I had to start over with basically nothing.”

Throughout her 12-year service career, Davis received numerous military awards and honors, including three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, four Good Conduct Medals, and two National Defense Service Medals.

On Tuesday, September 23, 2008, while in Washington, DC, Davis was honored with the Imagine America Foundation’s LDRSHIP Award.

The LDRSHIP Award was established to recognize outstanding career college students who have served their country honorably through military duty. The award is given annually to men and women nationwide who exemplify: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.

The awards ceremony took place in a prestigious IAF sponsored event on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, co-hosted by Military.com and in cooperation with the Career College Association. Davis, along with five other outstanding individuals was presented with a $5,000 cash grant to be used towards completing their career educations.