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August 12, 2009
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (August 12, 2009) - American InterContinental University (AIU) Online, a leading provider of web-based, career-focused education, today announced the creation of the Working Woman Scholarship which offers current AIU Online students the opportunity to receive a scholarship with a value of up to $35,000* to complete a degree program of their choice.
"AIU recognizes the desire for many of our female students to obtain additional education in order to provide a better life for themselves and their families," said Steve Tober, CEO of AIU and President of AIU Onilne. "We hope that this scholarship will help alleviate the stress of paying for post-secondary education and support outstanding women who are struggling to balance work, life and school responsibilities by demonstrating our belief in them."
According to Women Employed, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economic status of women, women with some post-secondary education will earn more than those without. In fact, a woman with an associate degree earns 28 percent more than one with only a high school education; a woman with a bachelor's degree earns 75 percent more**.
"Women in the U.S. only earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns," said Rebecca Wellisch, marketing and communications director for Women Employed. "Earning a degree is one of the best way to get ahead in the workplace and try to close the salary gap."
Approximately 68 percent of AIU Online female students that graduated last year worked while attending school. "Online education is a viable option for many working women who want to further their education but cannot commit to the traditional academic schedule," said Tober. "AIU Online allows students to access their classroom anywhere, anytime, giving them the flexibility to maintain a work life balance while earning a degree."
Two scholarships will be awarded to enrolled students at AIU Onilne seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree. In order to qualify for this opportunity an applicant must be female, 18 years or older, work at least 20 hours a week and be enrolled in AIU Online seeking a post-secondary degree.
To be considered for this scholarship a candidate must submit a completed application, personal essay of at least 300 words but no more than 750 and a letter of recommendation from her curent employer.
For more information on this and other scholarship opportunities offered by AIU Online please visit the course catalgo at http://www.aiuniv.edu/financial_aid/grants_scholarships.aspx.
AIU Online offers degrees in the following areas: business administration, criminal justice, education, healthcare management, information technology, marketing and visual communication. AIU offers convenient online learning options to ensure education can fit into every student's life. The faculty and staff of AIU Online are dedicated to providing its students with the skills they will need to succeed in the real world.
*Scholarship amounts vary by student and program and all selected candidates are required to agree to the terms and conditions set forth by AIU Online.
**Career success depends largely on student initiative, and individual experience and attitude. AIU Online does not guarantee employment, placement, or salary ranges.
Founded in Europe in 1970, American InterContinental University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in programs such as business, IT, criminal justice and fashion design at U.S. campuses in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Houston, Weston, Fla.; an internal campus in Lond; and an internet-based online campus headquartered in suburban Chicago. The award-winning AIU Online Virtual Campus was recognized as "Best of the Best" in the 2009 Computerworld Honors Program.
AIU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more info visit www.ncahlc.org or call 312-263-0456.
AIU is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. For more info visit www.aiuniv.edu or www.aiuniv.edu/online-education.