$35,000 Awarded to Military Students through 2010 LDRSHIP Award

Student Success Story

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.

2010 LDRSHIP Award Recipients
Left to right: Jessica McGloin (International Academy of Design & Technology – Orlando, Fla.), Latisha Jefferson (Remington College – Shreveport, La.), Alfredo Rosado (Westwood College – Chicago, Ill.), Mark Rauschenberg (National College – Youngstown, Ohio), and Kimberly Cupery (Herzing University – Madison, Wisc.). Not featured: Matthew Demaske (ECPI College of Technology – North Charleston, S.C.) and Melissa Gridley (The Art Institute of Tampa – Tampa, Fla.)

Honoring those who have distinguished themselves in the U.S. Military and in the classroom is a tradition for the Imagine America Foundation. IAF is the largest scholarship provider to career college institutions and, since 2004, 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:

Kimberly Cupery, United States Army
Herzing University – Madison, Wis.

Cupery leads by example in the classroom. While working towards an Associate degree in Nursing, she has maintained a 3.84 GPA and perfect attendance. Her military honors include the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal.

Matthew Demaske, United States Marine Corps
ECPI College of Technology – North Charleston, S.C.

Demaske is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Science/Information Systems. His hard work and determination have helped him maintain a 4.0 GPA and a near-perfect attendance record. His military honors include the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan.

Melissa Gridley, United States Air Force
The Art Institute of Tampa – Tampa, Fla.

Gridley is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Web Design and Interactive Media. With focus and determination, she has maintained a 4.0 GPA and a near-perfect attendance record. Her military honors include the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal.

Latisha Jefferson, United States Army
Remington College – Shreveport, La.

Jefferson is raising a family while going to school full-time for an Associate degree in Business Office Management. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and has a perfect attendance record. Her military honors include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star.

Jessica McGloin, United States Navy
International Academy of Design & Technology – Orlando, Fla.

McGloin is a goal-driven student who maintains a 4.0 GPA and a near-perfect attendance record while working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. Her military honors include the NATO Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Good Conduct Medal.

Mark Rauschenberg, United States Air National Guard
National College – Youngstown, Ohio

Rauschenberg is pursuing his Associate degree in Health Information Technology. His hard work and determination have helped him maintain a 4.0 GPA and a perfect attendance record. His military honors include the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Alfredo Rosado, United States Marine Corps
Westwood College – Chicago, Ill.

As a student leader, Rosado has maintained a 4.0 GPA and a near-perfect attendance record while pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. His military honors include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal.

"These individuals have shown bravery and commitment in so many areas of their lives, not just serving our country, but in classrooms as well," said Robert L. Martin, President of the Imagine America Foundation. "It’s our honor to recognize them."

The 2010 LDRSHIP Awards were sponsored by Ambassador College Bookstores and Blackboard Professional Education.

To receive the honor, applicants must attend Imagine America Foundation-affiliated or Career College Association (CCA) member institutions and have a cumulative 3.5 or higher grade point average and at least a 95 percent attendance record.