Imagine America Foundation announces the 2007 LDRSHIP Award Recipients

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Washington, D.C. (July 30, 2007) – Honoring those who have shown personal courage through their service in the U.S. military, the LDRSHIP Award gives recipients the financial independence to continue their education.

The Imagine America Foundation proudly bestowed the LDRSHIP Award to members of the U.S. military at the CCA Convention in New Orleans, La., June 14, 2007. Providing them with up to $5000 in cash grants, the recipients can continue their career education with financial freedom.

Since 2004, the Imagine America Foundation has recognized exceptional career college students who have selflessly honored this country through their service and have chosen to further their education. Recipients include honorably discharged, reservists, active duty and veterans that are committed students at career colleges nationwide. The LDRSHIP Award grants are sponsored by Lockheed Martin and The Sallie Mae Fund.

Bob Martin, president of the Imagine America Foundation, said this award is one way we can give back to those that have served our country.

"We are proud to honor the recipients of the LDRSHIP Award,” Martin said. “These service members have courageously dedicated their lives to our county. Now it is our turn to give back to them."

The Imagine America Foundation is proud to honor the following students with the LDRSHIP Award:

Alex D. Briones, U.S. Army, attending Draughons Junior College in Clarksville, Tenn.

Corie Clements, U.S. Army, attending Florida Metropolitan University in Tampa, Fla.

Matthew Gorab, U.S. Marine Corps, attending Florida Metropolitan University in Tampa, Fla.

Eduardo Marroquin, U.S. Air Force, attending Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Christopher Miller, U.S. Marine Corps, attending Universal Technical Institute in Avondale, Ariz.

Travis Nissen, U.S. Navy, attending ECPI College of Technology in Virginia Beach, Va.

Lenard Watson, U.S. Marine Corps, attending The Art Institute of California in Santa Monica, Calif.

The Imagine America Foundation could not be more proud of the military men and women serving our country. Through the LDRSHIP Award, the Imagine America Foundation continues to provide servicemen and servicewomen with the opportunity to pursue their education with financial freedom.

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

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 $35 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 supports faculty/staff training. For more information about the Imagine America Foundation’s scholarship and award programs, please visit