Lockheed Martin Contributes $25,000 to the Imagine America LDRSHIP Award

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Washington, D.C. (April 7, 2008) – Courage. Dedication. Honor. The same qualities exhibited by those who serve America are essential for the successful pursuit of higher education. Now, in support of this vital population, Lockheed Martin is helping those who have served in the military reach their education goals.

Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest aerospace and defense company, recently donated $25,000 to the Imagine America LDRSHIP Award. Lockheed Martin has been an integral sponsor of the LDRSHIP Award since 2004.

“Lockheed Martin is proud to provide scholarship support to America’s military men and women as they transition to new careers of leadership and service in the private sector,” said Fred P. Moosally, president of Lockheed Martin’s Maritime Systems & Sensors business. “I have every confidence that these motivated veterans will use this educational opportunity to excel in their chosen professions.”

“Imagine America Foundation congratulates Lockheed Martin on their continued support of this worthwhile scholarship program,” said Robert L. Martin, President of the Imagine America Foundation. “They’re opening doors for service members who might not otherwise pursue higher education.”

The LDRSHIP Award provides financial assistance to military veterans, including young men and women returning from military service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Eligible recipients include reservist, honorably discharged, retired or active duty military personnel pursuing technical degrees while attending Imagine America-affiliated or Career College Association member institutions.

“This is the nation’s most deserving population of students,” Martin said. “They honor us with their service to America. Now, we’re able to honor them by aiding their education initiatives … and Lockheed Martin has had a large hand in making that possible.”

Recipients of the LDRSHIP Award will be honored at the annual Career College Association convention in June 2008. The acronym LDRSHIP stands for Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless service, Honor, Integrity and Personal courage.

About 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 offers faculty development training. For more information about the Imagine America Foundation's scholarship and award programs, please visit www.imagine-america.org.

About the Imagine AmericaScholarship Program: The national leader in scholarship programs available for those pursuing a career education,Imagine America has met with immense praise since it was launched in 1998 by the Imagine America Foundation (formerly the Career College Foundation). In just a few years, Imagine America has become the most recognized high school scholarship of its kind. More than 35,000 scholarships have already been awarded to high school seniors all over the United States. For more information about this scholarship program and other IAF scholarship and award programs, visit www.imagine-america.org.