Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI), a provider of postsecondary education services focused on providing higher access to higher education, today announced that Ashford University, as part of the Project Working Mom program, has awarded 50 full-tuition scholarships, valued at more than $2 million, in the past three years.
Ashford University, a regionally accredited university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs, has participated in Project Working Mom since 2008. Developed by eLearners.com, a web resource of EducationDynamics, the program awards full-tuition scholarships to deserving parents who want to pursue a college degree, but may not have the time, financial resources or confidence.
To receive a scholarship, applicants – both men and women were eligible – had to submit a short application and write an essay about their higher education aspirations. Over the course of the Project Working Mom program, more than 600,000 applications were received. Eight accredited, online universities contributed 450 total scholarships to the program.
Ashford University contributed 10 scholarships in 2008, 10 scholarships in 2009 and 30 scholarships, in three installments, in 2010.
"The overwhelming response to Project Working Mom was astounding," Dr. Jane McAuliffe, Bridgepoint’s chief academic officer and president of Ashford University, said. "Stories of sacrifice and determination from the applicants was a stark reminder of the struggles parents face in balancing life, work and school. Online higher education helps people achieve their goals, and it's an honor to have provided the resource for 50 of them to attend Ashford University."
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. 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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