Imagine America Foundation announces 2007 Gail Benjamin Fellowship Recipients

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Washington, D.C. (August 1, 2007) – Gail Benjamin was a tireless advocate in the field of career education. She believed strongly in the necessity and responsibility of each generation to assist future generations in fulfilling their educational and career goals. Now, the fellowship named in her honor is helping her legacy live on through the efforts of today’s emerging career college leaders.

The fellowship offers grants to women and minorities to attend the Career College Association’s annual Leadership Institute. Each summer, career college representatives come together to learn practices that can positively affect the future of their organizations. Gail Benjamin fellows who attend are given the skills to become leaders in the career college sector.

Robert Martin, president of the Imagine America Foundation, recognizes the necessity of the grant offered through the Gail Benjamin Fellowship. "The career college sector needs more women and minorities in leadership positions,” Martin said. “Yes, this grant directly helps the women who are awarded, but, really, it positively impacts the entire sector."

The Imagine America Foundation is proud to announce the following grant recipients:

Stephanie Burns, nominated by Herzing College in Kenner, La.; Christine Coleman, nominated by Illinois School of Health Careers in Chicago, Ill.; Christi Jackson, nominated by Draughons Junior College in Clarksville, Tenn.; Kim Jones, nominated by West Tennessee Business College in Jackson, Tenn.; Sharon Morang, nominated by Grantham University in Kansas City, Mo.; Paula Sanchez, nominated by Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology in Dayton, Ohio; Natalie Williams, nominated by Westwood College in Denver, Colo.; Sonia Zavala, nominated by Westwood College – O'Hare in Chicago, Ill.; Rebecca Zielinski, nominated by Concorde Career Institute in Arlington, Texas.

The Gail Benjamin Fellowship is supported through the Gail and Arthur Benjamin Foundation, Datamark, Champion College Solutions and PlattForm.

Contact: Bob Martin, Imagine America Foundation President
Phone: (202) 336-6758

About the Imagine America Scholarship Program: The national leader in scholarship programs available for those pursuing a career education, Imagine America has met with immense praise since it was launched in 1998 by the Imagine America Foundation (formerly the Career College Foundation). In just a few years, Imagine America has become the most recognized high school scholarship of its kind. More than 35,000 scholarships have already been awarded to high school seniors all over the United States. For more information about this scholarship program and other IAF scholarship and award programs, visit