Imagine America Foundation Honors Cheryl Carr with a 2008 LDRSHIP Award

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Washington, DC (Sept 26, 2008) – The Imagine America Foundation is pleased to announce that the LDRSHIP Award for 2008 was awarded to Cheryl Carr for her outstanding achievements as both a student at The Art Institute of Indianapolis and as a Ceremonial Guard in the U.S. Navy.

As part of the Ceremonial Guard, Carr has performed a cordon, at the Pentagon, for the President of China and for former President George H. W. Bush. On several occasions Carr performed ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After September 11th, Carr volunteered to help out the Casualty Assistance Care Officers with phone calls to the families of the people who had lost their lives at the Pentagon. Additionally, Carr began performing ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, some of which were for the men and women who had perished in the Pentagon attacks.

“I had always wanted to join the military,” says Carr. “I wanted to serve my country. I was very surprised when I got the LDRSHIP Award. I’m very honored in receiving it. I did my job the best I could. I didn’t look at it as though it was something I wanted to be recognized for. This is a very humbling experience. I really feel lucky to be able to have served in the military and to have done what I did.”

On Tuesday, September 23, 2008, while in Washington, DC, Carr was honored with the Imagine America Foundation’s LDRSHIP Award.

The LDRSHIP Award was established to recognize outstanding career college students who have served their country honorably through military duty. The award is given annually to men and women nationwide who exemplify: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.

The awards ceremony took place in a prestigious IAF sponsored event on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, co-hosted by and in cooperation with the Career College Association. Carr, along with five other outstanding individuals, was presented with a $5,000 cash grant to be used towards completing their career educations.

“It’s a privilege to honor the 2008 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.”

Making the decision to switch career fields was difficult for Carr, but she wanted to do something she was equally passionate about, so she chose interior design. Carr is an excellent student who maintains a 3.9 GPA and a near perfect attendance record.

Contact: Robert L. 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