Imagine America Foundation Honors Anthem College Student Lauren Santiago with a 2011 LDRSHIP Award

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Atlanta, Ga. (June 22, 2011) – The Imagine America Foundation is pleased to announce that Lauren Santiago of Anthem College in Atlanta GA is among 10 recipients to receive the Foundation’s 2011 LDRSHIP Award.

The Imagine American Foundation presents the LDRSHIP award annually to students who are active duty, reservist, or honorably discharged from the military and who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average while in school. Students must also post an attendance record of 95 percent or better. The cash grant, given in the amount of up to $2,500, will help Santiago as she completes her current education.

Santiago, a United States Navy veteran enrolled in Anthem’s Surgical Technology program, was selected for her impressive military record and excellent grades.

“It is a true and valuable blessing to have received this leadership award,” Santiago said. “I am elated that my military service and academic accomplishments have been recognized and grateful that I was selected.”

Santiago, who has achieved a 4.0 GPA, received a variety of awards during her military career, including a Letter of Commendation and overall most valuable sailor within her division in 2005.

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.  

2011 LDRSHIP Award recipients were recognized through a video presentation on June 8, 2011 at the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities Annual Convention & Exposition at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas featuring Gen. Colin Powell.  To view the presentation, visit
For more information about the LDRSHIP Award or other Foundation scholarship and award programs contact, Robert L. Martin, President of the Imagine America Foundation, at (202) 336-6758,, or visit

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