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

Applicant Qualifications:
• Student must be a Military Award Program recipient
• Student must have completed at least one college term in his/her course of study
• Student's graduation date must be after September 30, 2015
• Student must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or higher
• Student must currently have a 95 percent or higher attendance rate
• Student must write two statements; one on their experience at college and one on their experience in the military
• Student must obtain a written recommendation from a faculty member or college administrator
• Student must submit a picture (preferably in uniform, no group pictures)
• Student must submit college transcripts (these can be unofficial)
• Student must include a copy of his/her DD214/DD215 (if no longer active duty)

Imagine America Foundation Policies and Procedures:
• The number of recipients will depend on available funds
• The Foundation will review all applications and submit the completed applications to a scholarship committee
• Notice of recipients will be listed on the website and monies will be forwarded to the school
• The LDRSHIP Award is a onetime award; non-transferable, non-negotiable and non-refundable
• All incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible
• Award can be revoked if recipient’s current education is discontinued for any reason

For more information about the LDRSHIP Award, please contact Lee Doubleday at leed@imagine-america.org.

Past Awardees

Congratulations to the 2014 LDRSHIP Award Recipients:

  • Joseph Babin III, U.S Army: Wyotech - Daytona Beach, FL
  • Matthew Bizarre, U.S Marine: Triangle Tech - Bethlehem, PA
  • Cynthia Bodley, U.S Army National Guard: Westwood College - Atlanta, GA
  • Jamal Callwood, U.S Army National Guard: Westwood College - Atlanta, GA
  • Paul Camer, U.S Army: Keystone Technical Institute - Harrisburg, PA
  • Jason Cole, U.S Army: Grantham University -  Lenexa, KS
  • Dante Davis, U.S National Guard: Remington College - Mobile, AL
  • James Deaver, U.S Marine: Bryan University - Springfield, MO
  • Paul Dewberry, U.S Marine: Remington College - Mobile, AL
  • Brian Fabiano, U.S Navy: Triangle Tech - DuBois, PA
  • Alice Frey, U.S Navy: Remington College - Mobile, AL
  • Chad Grieff, U.S Air Force: Triangle Tech - DuBois, PA
  • Jamar Grisby, U.S Army: The Art Institute - Virginia Beach, VA
  • James Key, U.S Navy: Wyotech : Daytona Beach, FL
  • John McEwen, U.S Coast Guard : Advanced Technology Institute - Virginia Beach, VA
  • Michael Miller, U.S Army: Grantham University -  Lenexa, KS
  • Garrett Pardee, U.S Army: Triangle Tech - DuBois, PA
  • James Paular, U.S Army: Carrington College - Pleasant Hill, CA
  • Nicholas Peyton, U.S Army: The Art Institute - Durham, NC
  • John Reyes, U.S Air Force: Westwood College -  Upland, CA
  • April Russell, U.S Navy: InTellitec College -  Grand Junction
  • Jearld Sandberg, U.S Army: Wyotech -  Daytona Beach, FL
  • Nadir Sayaad, U.S Army: YTI Career Institute - Altoona, PA
  • Gary Tubbs, U.S Navy: Advanced Technology Institute - Virginia Beach, VA
  • Tina Valdez, U.S Navy: Medical Careers Institute -  Richmond, VA
  • Kody Whitall, U.S Marine: The Art Institute - Durham, NC

Congratulations to the 2013 LDRSHIP Award Recipients

  • Chauntia Bolden, U.S. Air Force: Remington College – Mobile, AL
  • Jodie Cox, U.S. Army: Bryan University – Springfield, MO
  • Ashley Hasert, U.S. Air Force: Carrington College California – Pleasant Hill, CA
  • Earl McCracken, U.S. Army: Lincoln Technical Institute – Union, NJ
  • Wilfredo Mercado, U.S. Army: Florida Technical College – Deland, FL
  • Jeffrey Norden, U.S. Air Force: Everest University – Tampa, FL
  • Ivan Ochoa-Chacon, U.S. Air Force: Automotive Training Center – Warminster, PA
  • Rebecca Peterson (Moore), U.S. Army: Miller-Motte Technical College – Conway, SC
  • Anita Ray, U.S. Air Force: Pinnacle Career Institute – Kansas City, MO
  • Justin Richey, U.S. Army: ECPI University – Virginia Beach, VA
  • Larry Stout, U.S. Marine: Triangle Tech – Du Bois, PA
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