Imagine America honors Everest University student with 2008 LDRSHIP Award

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Las Vegas, Nev. (June 27, 2008) – Everest University is proud of one of its own. Wayne Geldbach has capitalized on his strengths serving in the military and now as a student pursing his degree in Computer Information Science.

Geldbach, along with five other men and women who have honorably served in the military, will be recognized by the Imagine America Foundation with a 2008 LDRSHIP Award. A cash grant of up to $5,000 sponsored by Lockheed Martin will be given to Geldbach to provide assistance toward completing his current career education at Everest.

As part of the annual Career College Association Convention & Exposition, the Imagine America Foundation will host the 2008 LDRSHIP Awards at a sit-down luncheon from noon to 2:15 p.m. on Friday, June 27, 2008, at the Las Vegas, Nev., Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The Imagine America Foundation is the research and scholarshipproviding arm of the career college sector.

The LDRSHIP Award stands for Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage, characteristics Geldbach has exemplified both in his military and student-life experience.

Not only was Geldbach stationed in Berlin during the Cold War, but he has also been stationed in Vietnam, North Korea, South Korea, Guyana, Iran, Yemen, Honduras and Zaire. His military service has provided a backbone for the personal courage needed as a civilian coping with the death of his wife and later his son.

“This guy has been through so much in his life,” says John R. Buck, president of Everest University in Pinellas. “With his near-perfect attendance and 3.95 GPA, Wayne has continued to persevere, keeping his eye on the goal of attaining his degree. He’s a survivor with a positive attitude and willingness to share with others; we’re proud to have him as one of our students.”

About Everest Universities and Institutes
Everest University, formerly Florida Metropolitan University (FMU), provides careeroriented Associate, Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in business, healthcare, criminal justice, paralegal and information technology. Everest has nearly 14,000 students at 10 campuses in Florida and participates in the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System. Everest is owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., one of the largest postsecondary education companies in North America. For more information, visit

Contact: Robert L. Martin, Imagine America Foundation President
Phone: (202) 336-6758

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 $37 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 offers faculty development training. For more information about the Imagine America Foundation’s programs, please visit