Four Ashford University Graduates From Across the Country Receive Scholarships to Attend Commencement Ceremony on Oct. 14

Ashford University is recognizing the achievements of an online graduate from each of the University’s four colleges by awarding them a scholarship for a trip to the campus in Clinton, Iowa and the opportunity to participate in the commencement ceremony on Oct. 14. 

Recipients of the Fall 2012 Commencement Scholarship, which covers the student’s expenses for airfare, lodging and car rental, are:  College of Business and Professional Studies graduate Albert Norris McCrutcheon  III of Riverdale, Ga.; College of Health, Human Services and Science graduate Jolene Schneider of Farmington, NM.; College of Liberal Arts graduate Meghan Pelaez of Greenville, N.C.; and College of Education graduate Quanisha Charles of New Orleans. 

To win the scholarship, graduates told the story of their higher education journey in a video. Students with a grade point average of 3.85 and higher were eligible, and each applicant was required to answer questions about their educational and career goals. Each student’s application for the scholarship was presented via a video hosting service such as YouTube. 

“The scholarships are a great opportunity for students who otherwise may not have been able to attend commencement due to travel costs,” Dr. Elizabeth Tice, president of Ashford University, said. “At Ashford University, we are committed to quality and excellence, and this is our way of honoring the hard work and dedication of high- achieving students.” 

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