|[December 30, 2013]
Kaplan University #StartAChange Scholarship Winner Announced
DAVENPORT, Iowa & COLUMBIA, Tenn. --(Business Wire)--
William "Brandon" Walker, a Columbia, Tennessee firefighter and married
father of 3, is about to #StartAChange. He has been selected as the
winner of Kaplan University's #StartAChange Scholarship. Brandon was
nominated by colleague and recent Kaplan University graduate, Jeremy
Menear, for being a real life hero who has unlimited potential in
Tennessee's fire departments. Brandon has been awarded a full
undergraduate degree scholarship through the University.
"Obtaining my degree will help with all aspects of my career," said
Brandon Walker. "It will also show my kids that no matter when you go to
school, just as long as you work toward something, you are on the right
Brandon became a fireman at age 22, advancing through the Tennessee Fire
Academy Classes and the Tennessee Commission on Fire Fighting, where he
is also a certified instructor. Brandon needs to earn a college degree
in order to grow his career and help and teach even more fellow
"Providing education to individuals like Brandon who want and need to
advance their careers is what Kaplan University is all about," said Dr.
Wade Dyke, President of Kaplan University. "With the help of the Kaplan
University #StartAChange Scholarship, Brandon is on his way to starting
a change for himself, his family and community."
Brandon is registered to begin classes January 8th, 2014. His
story can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/YAm5PRwtUj8.
The #StartAChange Scholarship is designed to help a deserving individual
reach his or her true potential through education. Nominations - up to
250 entries - were received between October 18, 2013 and November 22,
2013. Each nomination needed to describe why the nominee was an ideal
recipient for an online undergraduate degree scholarship and what goal
this would help them achieve. The Kaplan University #StartAChange
campaign continues through 2014 and encourages individuals to make a
difference in their lives and the lives of those around them.
About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher
education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by
providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for
careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which
has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago,
is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org)
and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and
Schools. Kaplan University serves approximately 44,000 online and
campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska,
Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers
in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.
Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education Group and Kaplan,
Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career
services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan, Inc. serves
approximately 65,000 students online and through approximately 60
campus-based schools across the United States. Kaplan's higher education
schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates
and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris
doctor degree. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array
of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional
training and programs for kids in grades K-12. Kaplan, Inc. is a
subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company and its largest division. For more
information, visit www.kaplanuniversity.edu.
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