Vatterott College student honored by Imagine America Foundation

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Las Vegas, Nev. (June 27, 2008) – Raymond Havnen, Jr. deserves all the credit he’s due. Serving over 18 years in the U.S. Air Force, then targeting a career in Network Engineering & Computer Technology at Vatterott College in St. Louis, Mo., Havnen is a recipient of the Imagine America Foundation’s 2008 LDRSHIP Award.

The $5,000 cash grant, established to recognize exceptional career college students, is sponsored by the Imagine America Foundation and Lockheed Martin. Military veterans, including young men and women returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan, are the recipients of these grants designed to provide them financial assistance for completing their career education.

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. A key corporate supporter of the Award is Lockheed Martin.

Havnen, now studying toward his degree at Vatterott College, exemplifies exactly what the LDRSHIP Award stands for: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage – not unlike his dedicated service while deployed overseas five times to three different countries. He credits his service in the Air Force as one of his greatest accomplishments.

To further illustrate his accomplishments, Havnen has been awarded 3 Commendation Medals, nine Air Force Achievement Medals, six Air Force Good Conduct Medals and the Humanitarian Service Medal. At Vatterott College, Havnen has maintained a 3.82 GPA and a near-perfect attendance rate.

“We at Vatterott are honored to have the achievements of our student Raymond Havnen, Jr. recognized in such a moving and meaningful way. Raymond’s service to our country and the computer technology industry will inspire others to pursue their career goals. Congratulations, Raymond, we are so proud of you,” said Ms. Pam Bell, president and CEO of Vatterott College.

About Vatterott College
Vatterott College, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is one of the largest private proprietary postsecondary education companies in the United States. Vatterott offers a diversified range of diploma programs, Associate degrees and Bachelor’s degrees in advanced trade industries and computer technology, serving more than 7,000 students annually with 20 locations across nine midwestern states. To learn more about Vatterott College, please 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