St. Paul’s resident gets ACCESS Scholarship from Ashworth College

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 29TH 2013 (CUOPM) – A St. Paul’s youth has been awarded a 2013 ACCESS Scholarship by Ashworth College, a leading online accredited school.

Twenty-nine-year-old Latara Bradshaw, is elated with the news that she that she is on her way to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

The Ashworth College Continuing Education for Student Success (ACCESS) Scholarship programme was originally developed in 2011 by Ashworth. It awards up to $25,000 each year to new and prospective diploma and degree students interested in pursuing their education online in one of Ashworth College’s 115+ diploma, degree and online certificate programmes.

According to a press release, Bradshaw’s family worked in the sugar crop industry until her mother became ill and forced the family to subsist on only her father’s paychecks. As the oldest daughter of six children, Bradshaw had to drop out of school to help care for her younger siblings. After caring for her siblings, Bradshaw decided to go back to school and earn her high school diploma and eventually seek to earn her Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education.

“I believe that I will be the best candidate to receive this scholarship because through my parents’ struggles and accomplishments, money has never been my motivator,” said Bradshaw. “I will use it as a passport to further develop myself and also to benefit many underprivileged children who may have been through – or are still going through – similar circumstances.”

The associate degree online programs from Ashworth College are nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The fifteen career specific associate degree programs are designed to give students the best advantage when pursuing future career opportunities.

“Education can take skills – and income – to the next level. We’re excited that through the ACCESS Scholarship program we can help create learning opportunities for those students needing something tailored to their specific situation or needs,” said Dr. Leslie Gargiulo, Ashworth College Chief Academic Officer. “The ACCESS Scholarship program has already proven to be an amazing opportunity for us to recognize deserving students and to help provide the educational foundation that will help set the course for their life ahead.”

“The ACCESS Scholarship program was founded to honor Ashworth’s late President and CEO, Gary Keisling’s personal mission of opening the doors of education to the underserved education population of America. We’re excited to present these scholarships,” Dr. Gargiulo added.

About the Gary Keisling ACCESS Scholarship programme.

Founded in 2011, the Gary Keisling ACCESS Scholarship program offers scholarships with a combined value of up to $25,000.

The ACCESS programme honours the legacy of the online school’s late Chairman of the Board, Gary Keisling, whose personal and professional mission was to offer affordable and accessible education to underserved populations who historically have had limited access to educational opportunities or an accredited diploma or degree.

For more than 25 years Keisling was regarded as an industry leader and advocate for continuing education. His influence on distance education will continue to benefit students for many years to come.

Ashworth College, a leading online school, has built a tradition of excellence spanning 25 years, offering students worldwide more than 115 online college degrees, online certificate programs, online career courses and online high school diploma options that are affordable and fit the busy schedules of working adults. Ashworth also caters to military education online as well as specialized programs for corporate partners and homeschoolers.

Headquartered in Peachtree Corners, GA, Ashworth is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of the DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. James Madison High School is further accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

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