Introducing Tuition Assistance for Adult Learners Attending Career Colleges

Foundation Highlights

by Kerry Turner

In virtually every possible situation, adult learners defy certain odds. They come from all walks of life and socioeconomic backgrounds. Most are employed and have one or more children, yet they still find a way to finance their education, earn a degree and cross the graduation stage. The Imagine America Foundation would like to help make it a little easier for adult students to finance their career education.

It is not a stretch to say that career colleges do a fantastic job of serving adult students. In fact, over 50% of all students attending career colleges are over the age of 25. The fact that 30% of the students enrolled in career colleges are single mothers, and more than three-quarters of the students are employed while enrolled, lends itself to the idea that these institutions offer flexible schedules and courses to accommodate the adult student.

Unfortunately, private grants and scholarships are not equally distributed to adult learners. Help is on the way. The Imagine America Foundation is stepping in to help fill that void by announcing the formation of the Imagine America Adult Skills Education Program (ASEP) beginning July 1, 2008. Applicants will be eligible to receive a $1,000 award to help with their college tuition.

ASEP is built on 10 years of success of the Imagine America Foundation’s award-winning Imagine America high school scholarship program and our Military Award Program (MAP). ASEP will be open to all students with a high school diploma or GED, 21 years of age and older, enrolling in a participating career college.

"I am very excited by the possibilities created by our new ASEP program," said IAF President Robert L. Martin. "It will allow us to reach out to a much larger and extremely deserving student population."

For more information about ASEP and to find out how you can get involved, contact Chris Carroll by e-mail at or by phone at (202) 336-6812.