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[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 path."

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 firefighters.

"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:

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 ( 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

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