ITT student Sokmaly Prak honored as 2008 LDRSHIP Award recipient

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Las Vegas, Nev. (June 27, 2008) – It’s a rare occasion to meet someone with Sokmaly Prak’s dedication and skill set. Prak, an ITT student pursuing a degree in Computer Networking Systems, leads by example.

As a recipient of the Imagine America Foundation’s 2008 LDRSHIP Award, Prak is among six accomplished men and women to receive a $5,000 cash grant for distinguished academic and military service. With sponsorship from Lockheed Martin, this award recognizes Prak’s talent and will provide financial assistance toward completion of his current career education.

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

In addition to Prak’s 3.94 GPA and 100% attendance rate at ITT, his outstanding military service includes the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Korea Defense Service Medal, among others. These honors embody exactly what the LDRSHIP Award represents: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.

“Sokmaly Prak is not just an inspiration to his fellow students, but to the faculty and staff as well,” said Jude Nix, Director, ITT Technical Institute, King of Prussia, Pa. “In 25 short years of life, Sokmaly has served his country for three years in the armed forces. After having done so, he immediately re-enlisted in the National Guard for an additional three years. He is certainly no stranger to service and sacrifice. He continues to demonstrate exemplary performance in all of his coursework. On June 18, we held our quarterly student award ceremony. Mr. Prak was recently recognized for Highest Honors and Perfect Attendance. Sokmaly is a humble and gentle spirit. I compliment the committee on making an excellent selection in Sokmaly Prak.”

About ITT Technical Institute
ITT Educational Services Inc., based in Carmel, Ind., owns and operates more than 100 ITT Technical Institutes in 35 states across the country. ITT Technical Institutes offer career-focused, technology-oriented programs of study that reflect U.S. employment trends and employer needs. About 54,000 students are currently enrolled in the ITT Technical Institutes.

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