IMAGINE AMERICA FOUNDATION HONORS MILITARY PERSONNEL WITH 2011 LDRSHIP AWARDS

IMAGINE AMERICA FOUNDATION HONORS MILITARY PERSONNEL WITH 2011 LDRSHIP AWARDS

Washington, D.C. (May 3, 2011) –The Imagine America Foundation proudly bestowed its 2011 LDRSHIP Awards to ten outstanding individuals who have shown remarkable achievements throughout their careers as both students and as soldiers in the United States Military. Provided with up to $2,500 in cash grants, the recipients can continue their career education with less financial worries.

Since 2004, the Foundation, the largest scholarship provider to career college institutions, has annually honored military personnel with LDRSHIP Awards. More than $325,000 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 2011 LDRSHIP Award:
•    Edward Costantino, United States Navy: Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics – West Mifflin, PA
•    Manuel DaRosa, United States Navy: Everest University – Orlando, FL
•    Adam Holybee, United States Marine Corps: Remington College – Honolulu, HI
•    Santovia Hornsby-Johnson, United States Army: Virginia College – Augusta, GA
•    DeAnne Jacobsen, United States Navy: IntelliTec Colleges – Grand Junction, CO
•    Joy Mattson-Dossey, United States Air Force: Harrison College – Indianapolis, IN
•    Donna Parker, United States Army National Guard: Miller-Motte Technical College – Chattanooga, TN
•    Keven Robinson, United States Army: Lincoln College of Technology – Grand Prairie, TX
•    Lauren Santiago, United States Navy: Anthem College – Atlanta, GA
•    Jeff Sedgwick, United States Marine Corps: Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology – Canton, MI

"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 2011 LDRSHIP Award grants were sponsored by Ambassador College Bookstores and contributors to the Imagine America Foundation’s 21st Century Workforce Fund.

To receive the honor, applicants must attend Imagine America Foundation-affiliated or Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (ASPCU) member institutions have a cumulative 3.5 or higher grade point average and at least a 95 percent 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 $50 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 www.imagine-america.org.