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January 26, 2009
Media Contact: Katie Lennon
Pierson Grant Public Relations
Atlanta Falcons Team Up with American InterContinental University to Help Big Brothers Big Sisters Students Celebrate New Year with Full Scholarships
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and American InterContinental University (AIU), a partner in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBS) Mentoring Toward College initiative, awarded four “Littles” from the graduating Class of 2009: Nigel Douglas of Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Kasasha Nash of Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Quentin Redd of Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in Lithonia, and Kevin Tucker of Tri-Cities High School in East Point; full academic scholarships on the field at the Georgia Dome.
(L to R) Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta CEO Janice McKenzie-Crayton; “Big” Jason Oransky and his “Little” Nigel Douglas; “Little” Quentin Redd and his “Big” B. Quick Chase; “Little” Kevin Tucker; “Little” Kasasha Nash and her “Big” Kimmy Sharkey; and AIU Atlanta Interim President Dr. Greg Washington.
About Mentoring Toward College
Mentoring Toward College is part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s year-round school-based programs, and in cooperation with the Fulton County, Cobb County and Atlanta City Public Schools, provides adult friendship, academic encouragement, guidance, and social development for students in fourth grade through their sophomore year of college.
In March 2008, BBBS partnered with AIU to make college a reality for deserving Metro Atlanta students. At that time, AIU agreed to donate 20 bachelor’s degree academic scholarships to BBBS participant students who apply and meet criteria including a high school grade point average of 2.0 or higher, three years in the BBBS of Metro Atlanta program, completion of 20 hours of community service, and are registered voters. Applicants are also required to submit an essay on “How this scholarship can help me reach my dream.”
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBS) is the southeast's leading youth development organization. After more than 48 years it continues to transform the lives of children through professionally-supported, oneto- one mentoring relationships with caring, well-trained volunteers. BBBS is a private, nonprofit organization and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters. For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, visit www.bbbsatl.org or Big Brothers Big Sisters national at www.bbbs.org .
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, Houston 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 http://www.hlcommission.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 http://www.aiuniv.edu/online-education.