Bridgepoint Education Inc. (NYSE: BPI), a leading provider of postsecondary education services, announced today that Ashford University has released the names of ten recipients of full-tuition scholarships as part of the Project Working Mom program. With these scholarships, Ashford is helping to fulfill the goal of a college education for ten deserving working parents.
The recipients of the Ashford online college scholarships are Deidra McMorris and Luz Verduzco, both of Los Angeles, Calif.; Paul Bell of Chulota, Fla.; Kelly Robinson of District Heights, Md.; Immaculate Busingye of Silver Spring, Md.; Tosha Jones of Fulton, Mo.; Darnette Porter of Charlotte, N.C.; Lisa Cuevas of Philadelphia, Pa.; Michelle Lozano of Houston, Texas and Tricia Payne of Maryville, Tenn.
Ashford has participated in the Project Working Mom program for three years. Previously, Ashford awarded ten scholarships each year to deserving applicants. For 2010, the university tripled its commitment to Project Working Mom and will award a total of 30 scholarships spread out over three application periods. The first round of applications concluded on March 1 and the second round ended on April 22 with scholarship recipients announced this month. The final round of scholarship opportunities will close on Sept. 30 with the goal of awarding scholarships in October.
There were nearly 53,000 total applicants for the second round of the Project Working Mom program. More than 12,000 of those applicants applied specifically for scholarships to Ashford University.
Project Working Mom was developed by eLearners.com, a web resource of EducationDynamics that connects prospective students with online educational opportunities. The program was created to remove the barriers – such as finances and accessibility – that prevent working parents from pursuing their college aspirations. Ashford University is one of eight accredited online institutions that are donating more than 280 full-tuition scholarships worth nearly $5 million to the Project Working Mom campaign in 2010.
Applications are still being accepted for the final round of Project Working Mom 2010. Applicants must complete a short application at www.projectworkingmom.com and write an essay describing how they will benefit from a college education. Winning applicants will be notified in October.
About Bridgepoint Education
Bridgepoint Education's postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in such disciplines as business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education's regionally accredited academic institutions – Ashford University and University of the Rockies – deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado and are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org). For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit www.bridgepointeducation.com or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations at 858.668.2580.
About Ashford University
Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org). The university offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa campus. The university is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, visit www.ashford.edu or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of public relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.
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