July 2009

Christina Jaramillo Wins 2009 Imagine America Foundation LDRSHIP Award

(Washington, D.C.) – The Imagine America Foundation recently awarded their annual 2009 LDRSHIP Award to five worthy individuals in the career school industry. Christina Jaramillo of Syracuse earned the distinguished honor with her work at Provo College in Provo, UT and her service as a member of the United States Air Force.

In 2001, Jaramillo received the U.S. Air Force Aeromedical Technician of the Year award. She worked with a diverse group of doctors and nurses who inspired her to pursue higher education and become a medical professional. During her seven years of active duty, Jaramillo learned valuable skills that will help her prosper in her upcoming nursing career.

“When I heard I received the award, at first I felt disbelief. I was really shocked. I was overwhelmed to be greeted at my classroom door with congratulations from the Campus President and the Program Administrator of the Nursing Department,” Jaramillo said.

While working toward her Associate degree in Nursing, Jaramillo has maintained a 3.93 GPA and perfect attendance. Following graduation she intends to work as a Registered Nurse while studying for her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

The LDRSHIP award is given to exceptional students who demonstrate Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage throughout their education and service in the military.

“It’s a privilege to honor the 2009 LDRSHIP recipients with this award,” said Robert L. Martin, Imagine America Foundation President. “For their admirable and courageous service to our country, we extend deepest appreciation. It’s now our turn to give something back to them.”

Juan Sapon Wins 2009 Imagine America Foundation LDRSHIP Award

(Washington, D.C.) – The Imagine America Foundation recently awarded the annual 2009 LDRSHIP Award to five worthy individuals in the career school industry. Juan Sapon of Houston, TX, earned the distinguished honor with his work at ITT Technical Institute in Houston, TX and his service in the United State Marine Corps.

Sapon was notified by his teacher about Imagine America’s Foundation’s scholarship opportunity. He applied by writing about his recent experience in the Marine Corps.

“I opened myself up and told my story,” he said.

Sapon’s dream of serving in the Marine Corps began in high school in the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program. While in the JROTC program he rose to the rank of Captain. On his first tour in Iraq, his unit was the first American unit to reach Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sapon and his unit assisted in the famous take-down of the Saddam Hussein statue.

While working toward his Associate degree in Computer and Electronics Engineering Technology, Sapon has maintained a 3.7 GPA and near perfect attendance.

“I couldn't contain myself! I was ecstatic and so proud of him,” Cathy Clark, President of ITT Technical Institute in Houston said of Sapon’s success. “You couldn't have awarded this scholarship to a more deserving young man. He gave so much in the service of our country – as all our veterans do. It is so nice when they are acknowledged for their service.”

The LDRSHIP award is given to exceptional students who demonstrate Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage throughout their education and service in the military.

Moises Torres Wins 2009 Imagine America Foundation LDRSHIP Award

(Washington, D.C.) – The Imagine America Foundation recently awarded their annual 2009 LDRSHIP Award to five worthy individuals in the career school industry. Moises Torres of Greenville earned the distinguished honor through his work at Lincoln College of Technology in Grand Prairie, TX and his service in the United States Marine Corps.

“It felt really great to hear that I had won. It felt even better when they told me that I was going to Orlando, Florida for the award. That was cool,” Torres said.

Torres plans to make the Marine Corps his career, which he had to fight to do. In 2006, he led a convoy when a roadside bomb exploded damaging the convoy and injuring Torres. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal for his courage during the attack. For most, an experience such as this would mean early retirement. However, Torres fully recovered and overcame the medical board on his assumed retirement. Torres served admirably in the USMC for nine years and continues to serve his country today.

“Lincoln Tech provides a quality education that attracts great students much like Torres. We were very proud of him. He is hard working and well respected in his class,” Lincoln Tech President Ed Connolly said after hearing of Torres’ win.

While working toward his Associate degree in Automotive Diesel & Truck Technology, Torres has maintained a 4.0 GPA and perfect attendance.

The LDRSHIP award is given to exceptional students who demonstrate Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage throughout their education and service in the military.