Our Promise to Future Generations

Foundation Highlights

By Jenny Faubert

To date, the Imagine America Promise program has provided more than $450,000 in financial assistance to over 550 students attending career colleges. Promise recipients, such as Emily Barnett, enroll in programs like nursing, dental assisting, information technology and computer network systems. It’s not surprising that these are some of the fastest-growing career opportunities out there.

Postsecondary education will play a key role in the future of the U.S. economy. As baby boomers retire and industries become more technical, the need for skilled workers will drastically increase. More and more students will attend career colleges to acquire these needed skills. The Foundation and its sponsors hope to help students succeed in continuing their education by providing tuition assistance through the Imagine America Promise scholarship program.

The Imagine America Promise scholarship program was created to reward students who were recipients of the Imagine America high school scholarship and who have continued to excel academically in college. Recipients of the Promise scholarship receive a $500 or $1,000 cash grant that goes toward their tuition at a participating school. With the help of sponsors, the Foundation continues to assist career colleges in educating America’s workforce.

On June 25, 2008, Nelnet Inc. presented the Imagine America Foundation with a $25,000 donation to the Imagine America Promise scholarship program.

“We are proud and excited to offer scholarship assistance to deserving students preparing for important careers,” said Jeff Noordhoek, President of Nelnet Inc. “Creating educational opportunities for students has always been, and continues to be, the focus of our philanthropic efforts.”

Nelnet Inc. and other organizations that sponsor the Imagine America Promise program are advocates of higher education and want to promote educational opportunities for everyone. The Bridgestone Firestone Trust Fund and contributors of the 21st Century Workforce Fund are also sponsors of Imagine America Promise.

In September 2008, the Imagine America Foundation began accepting nominations for the 2008 Imagine America Promise scholarship program. The deadline for nominations was November 7, 2008. For additional information on the Promise program, click here or contact Foundation staff member Jenny Faubert at jennyf@imagine-america.org or 202.336.6743.