Imagine America Foundation Honors Jessica McGloin with LDRSHIP Award

Washington, D.C. (July 28, 2010) – Jessica McGloin, a student at the International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) in Orlando, Fla., has a lot to be proud of. Before pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, McGloin served with the United States Navy. Her admirable efforts have earned her the 2010 LDRSHIP Award, given by the Imagine America Foundation.

McGloin was one of seven men and women chosen to receive the LDRSHIP Award. This honor is annually given to accomplished individuals who have served in the military and gone on to pursue an education at a career college. The cash grant of up to $5,000, given by the Imagine America Foundation, will help McGloin complete her current education at IADT.

The LDRSHIP Award stands for Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage. These are all traits McGloin has demonstrated during her time in the military as well as in the classroom. While she was with the United States Navy, McGloin was bestowed with such honors as the NATO Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Navy Good Conduct Medal. She has maintained a 4.0 cumulative GPA along with a near-perfect attendance record.

“We are honored to have a spirited, hard working and dedicated student represent IADT Orlando and epitomize the qualities that Imagine America is seeking,” said Ian Gill, the IADT Orlando Campus President. “We hope this inspires other students to approach their studies and their lives in general like Jessica.”

The Imagine America Foundation honored its 2010 LDRSHIP Award recipients during an awards luncheon at the annual Career College Association (CCA) Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas on June 10. The LDRSHIP Award is sponsored by Ambassador College Bookstores, Blackboard Pro Ed, and supporters of the Imagine America Foundation’s 21st Century Workforce Fund.

“It’s a privilege to honor the 2010 LDRSHIP recipients with this award for their admirable and courageous service to our country.” said Robert L. Martin, Imagine America Foundation President. “Now it’s our turn to give something back to them.”

To receive the award, applicants must be currently enrolled in an Imagine America or CCA member college, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, and at least a 95% attendance record.

About the Imagine America Foundation
The Imagine America Foundation (IAF), established in 1982, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships for education, research and training support for the career college sector. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over $40 million in scholarship and award support for graduating high school seniors, adult learners and U.S. military personnel attending career colleges nationwide through its award-winning Imagine America® programs. The Foundation also publishes vital research publications for the higher education sector, honors achievement in career education and offers faculty development training. For more information about the Imagine America Foundation’s programs, please visit

About the International Academy of Design and Technology
The International Academy of Design and Technology focuses on giving students the innovative design and technology skills they need to pursue a career in a wide variety of in-demand fields. With 10 different campus locations across the country, the Academy offers a variety of programs including Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Animation, Photography, Audio Production, Fashion Merchandising, Advertising Design, Building Information Modeling, Digital Media Production, Game Production and Post Production. For more information about the Academy, visit


Contact: Robert L. Martin, Imagine America Foundation President
Phone: (202) 336-6758