Juan Sapon Wins 2009 Imagine America Foundation LDRSHIP Award

(Washington, D.C.) – The Imagine America Foundation recently awarded the annual 2009 LDRSHIP Award to five worthy individuals in the career school industry. Juan Sapon of Houston, TX, earned the distinguished honor with his work at ITT Technical Institute in Houston, TX and his service in the United State Marine Corps.

Sapon was notified by his teacher about Imagine America’s Foundation’s scholarship opportunity. He applied by writing about his recent experience in the Marine Corps.

“I opened myself up and told my story,” he said.

Sapon’s dream of serving in the Marine Corps began in high school in the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program. While in the JROTC program he rose to the rank of Captain. On his first tour in Iraq, his unit was the first American unit to reach Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sapon and his unit assisted in the famous take-down of the Saddam Hussein statue.

While working toward his Associate degree in Computer and Electronics Engineering Technology, Sapon has maintained a 3.7 GPA and near perfect attendance.

“I couldn't contain myself! I was ecstatic and so proud of him,” Cathy Clark, President of ITT Technical Institute in Houston said of Sapon’s success. “You couldn't have awarded this scholarship to a more deserving young man. He gave so much in the service of our country – as all our veterans do. It is so nice when they are acknowledged for their service.”

The LDRSHIP award is given to exceptional students who demonstrate Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage throughout their education and service in the military.

“It’s a privilege to honor the 2009 LDRSHIP recipients with this award,” said Robert L. Martin, Imagine America Foundation President. “For their admirable and courageous service to our country, we extend deepest appreciation. It’s now our turn to give something back to them.”

The Imagine America Foundation established the LDRSHIP Award in 2004 to recognize and honor exceptional career college students who have served their country honorably in the military and decided to further their education. The LDRSHIP Award offers up to $5,000 in cash grants toward college tuition to active duty, reservist, honorably discharged or retired U.S. military veterans attending a participating Imagine America institution.


About the Imagine America Foundation

The Imagine America Foundation (IAF), established in 1982, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarship, 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 veterans 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.