Gail Benjamin Fellowship

Gail Benjamin Fellowship
Gail Benjamin

The Gail Benjamin Fellowship was established in honor of the late Gail Benjamin, a strong and tireless advocate in the field of career education. Gail strongly believed in the necessity and responsibility of each generation to assist future generations in fulfilling their educational and career goals. The Fellowship and the Imagine America Foundation have both recognized the need to attract and encourage women and minorities to enter and pursue senior and executive positions within the career college sector. In response to this need, the Gail Benjamin Fellowship will offer grants to females and underrepresented minorities to attend the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) Leadership Institute.

The Leadership Institute is an annual seminar sponsored by APSCU and designed for existing and emerging career college directors. The Leadership Institute, themed “Building Skills for Tomorrow’s Leaders,” is held in July of each year. Attendees hear directly from leaders in the industry through a series of focused presentations and discussions on how to run a career college effectively. It is our goal that through the sharing of ideas, methods and solutions at the Leadership Institute, Gail Benjamin fellows will be given the necessary skills and tools to emerge as career education leaders in the postsecondary sector. The Gail Benjamin Fellowship will provide up to $2,700 in grants to cover the recipients' seminar costs.

In order to be considered for the Gail Benjamin Fellowship, applicants:

  • Must be female or minority working professionals at a APSCU member college;
  • Must obtain a written nomination from their college campus president;
  • Must have a minimum of three years employment at their current career college;
  • Must demonstrate financial need;
  • Must demonstrate high potential, strong commitment to, and aptitude for longevity within the career college sector;
  • Must demonstrate involvement through voluntary service to their career college and/or local community; and
  • Must include a copy of their resumé or curriculum vitae with their application

Leadership Institute

2011 Gail Benjamin Fellowship Recipients
Left to right: Susan Green, of Anthem College in Maryland Heights, MO and Angele  Blackshear-Brown, of Brown Mackie College – Northern Kentucky in Fort Mitchell, Ken.

2010 Gail Benjamin Fellows

2010 Gail Benjamin Fellowship Recipients
Left to right: Kimberly Ranft of Concorde Career Institute in Arlington, TX, and Heather Haskell of The Refrigeration School in Phoenix, AZ.


2008 Gail Benjamin Fellows

2008 Gail Benjamin Fellowship Recipients
Left to right: Bob Martin, Imagine America Foundation, president, Lynnette Kennedy (Spencerian College – Louisville, KY), Deloris Newsome (Antonelli – Hattiesburg, MS), LaVerne Gillespie (Missouri College – St. Louis, MO), Latasha Humphrey (Virginia College – Birmingham, AL), and Annette Swanson (ITT Technical Institute – Tempe, AZ).

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