June 2010

Imagine America Foundation Announces 2010 Pioneer Award Recipient

Washington, D.C. (June 29, 2010) – Jack Larson has been at the forefront of innovation in career college education since he began his career in the sector 36 years ago. On June 10, his contributions were recognized when the Imagine America Foundation presented him with one of its most prestigious honors. Larson graciously received the Pioneer Award from the Imagine America board of directors during the Imagine America Foundation Gala at the 2010 Career College Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The annual Pioneer Award recognizes career college founders, owners or operators who have provided exceptional leadership and support to the career college sector. Larson – Career Education Corporation (CEC) founder, education visionary, entrepreneur, friend and family man – is no exception.

Dr. Patricia Kapper, member of the Imagine America Foundation board of directors who worked alongside Larson at CEC as its chief academic officer, echoed the sentiment articulated by many in a moving video highlighting Larson’s accomplishments.

"Jack is an individual who has such passion for what he does that he automatically draws people to him," Kapper said.

Larson has displayed this passion time and time again over his 36 years in the postsecondary education sector.

In 1994, Larson founded Career Education Corporation, one of the largest postsecondary education companies in the United States. Larson led the growth of CEC and expansion of its on-ground and online degree and certificate programs nationally and internationally. Under his leadership, CEC acquired and developed many renowned brands, including Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America, Brooks Institute of Photography and Colorado Technical Institute, and pioneered its unique virtual campus used in several highly successful, fully online platforms.

Imagine America Foundation Honors Military Personnel with LDRSHIP Awards

Washington, D.C. (June 24, 2010) – The Imagine America Foundation proudly bestowed its annual LDRSHIP Awards on seven members of the U.S. military at the Career College Association Convention & Exposition in Las Vegas on June 10. Provided with up to $5,000 in cash grants, the recipients can continue their career education with less financial worries.

Honoring those who have distinguished themselves in the U.S. military and in the classroom is now a tradition for the Imagine America Foundation. Since 2004, the Foundation that is the largest scholarship provider to career college institutions has annually honored military personnel with LDRSHIP Awards. Nearly $300,000 has been awarded to exceptional military students attending career colleges nationwide.  In that time, the awards have provided financial assistance to young men and women returning from military service in Iraq and Afghanistan; reservists; and honorably discharged, retired and active duty military personnel.

The Imagine America Foundation honored the following students with the 2010 LDRSHIP Award:

Nelnet Makes $25,000 Donation to Imagine America Foundation Scholarship Fund

LINCOLN, Neb., June 10/PRNewswire/ – The Nelnet Foundation today presented a $25,000 donation to the Imagine America Foundation (IAF) to fund Imagine America Promise scholarships. The Imagine America Promise scholarship program rewards career college students who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication.

With the donation from the Nelnet Foundation, an additional 25 students will be $1,000 closer to paying for their education as they pursue their career goals.

"Imagine America Promise fulfills our commitment to help students who have maintained academic excellence to overcome funding barriers so they can 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 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 excited to provide scholarship funding for deserving students pursuing important educational and career goals," said Jeff Noordhoek, President of Nelnet. "Creating educational opportunities for students has always been, and will continue to be, the focus of our philanthropic efforts."

The Nelnet Foundation carries out this vision by promoting educational 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 lifelong goals.

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