WASHINGTON - The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) has announced a partnership with Grantham University In Kansas City, to introduce the creation of an annual four-year scholarship program available to individual members of the USHCC.
The five-year partnership between the USHCC and Grantham University, a private institution that specializes in online education for the working adult student, was created to encourage higher education. The scholarship is available to members of the USHCC’s 200 local Hispanic chambers of commerce across the country, their employees, or family members.
"Only 13% of US Hispanics have graduated from college, compared to 28% of the total population," says Javier Palomarez, USHCC President and CEO. "We are confident our partnership with Grantham University - the first of its kind for the USHCC - will shed light on the need for education in our community and demonstrate that there are options available for non-traditional students to earn their college degrees."
The scholarship value totaling $180,000 over the next five years, will enable recipients to earn a bachelor’s degree through Grantham University’s online degree programs, specifically through the university’s business programs.
Candidates will submit essays on topics related to education and the opportunities a college degree can provide. The first scholarship will be announced at the 32nd Annual USHCC National Convention in September 2011.
The scholarship will cover tuition, books, software and any application fees required to enroll and participate in the program selected by the scholarship recipient. Details of the scholarship program will be available at www.ushcc.grantham.edu.
"For nearly 60 years Grantham University has offered under-served segments the opportunity to educate themselves and earn college degrees in order to build better futures for their families," says Shahid Butt, Grantham University’s Vice President of Marketing.
"Our partnership with the USHCC will allow individuals across the nation to become more aware of opportunities related to education."
About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1979, the USHCC is the largest Hispanic business organization in the country. The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic Business Enterprises that together generate nearly $400 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United States and Puerto Rico.
About Grantham University
Established in 1951, Grantham University is a private institution that specializes in online education for the working adult student. Its mission is to provide accessible, affordable, professionally relevant degree programs in a continuously changing global society. The University prepares graduates for careers in business, engineering technology, computer science, criminal justice, healthcare, nursing, information technology and other professional fields. Grantham University offers a military scholarship program for active duty, reserve, guard, veterans and military family members, as well as scholarships for law enforcement professionals. Grantham’s courses are 100% online, allowing students to study at home, at work, on Temporary Duty (TDY) or from almost anywhere in the world. Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has compiled a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education.