In Honor of 9/11, Ashford University and University of the Rockies Establish Surviving Spouses Scholarship and Posthumous Degrees

Increased benefits provided to American soldiers, military families, supporters and survivors

Sep 09, 2011, 17:00 ET from Bridgepoint Education Inc.

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- To honor the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Ashford University and University of the Rockies have increased available benefits for members of the armed forces, including the National Guard and reservists, as well as Department of Defense (DOD) employees, civilian employees of the U.S. Coast Guard, students with Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits and VA employees. In doing so, the universities have expanded educational opportunities and services for those who defend our country, as well as for their families and the people who support them.

Ashford University and University of the Rockies have deeply rooted relationships with U.S. servicemen and women. In an ongoing commitment to the military, the two academic institutions, owned by Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI), make regular efforts to support service members and those around them.

"In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, it was our men and women in uniform who received the call," stated Doug Barling, senior director of Military Relations at Ashford. "Many sacrifices have been made along the way. Offering our support is a good place to start in expressing our thanks to not only those Americans who stand in harm's way, but to those who directly support them."

As a part of each university's gesture to honor Americans in the military, their families and those who support them on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, Ashford University and University of the Rockies will improve the availability of military grants. Ashford will extend its offerings to VA employees, and University of the Rockies will make grants available to all members of the U.S. military, their spouses, plus members of the National Guard, reservists, Department of Defense employees, civilian employees of the Coast Guard, students using VA education benefits and VA employees.

Alongside extended benefits already arranged for members of the military, ancillary personnel, and qualifying family members, Ashford University and University of the Rockies have introduced the Surviving Spouses Scholarship. This new program will include free tuition, books and additional benefits for the spouses of fallen service members who attended either university within the previous year. Both universities will also offer a process for awarding posthumous degrees to students who passed away prior to fulfilling their educational aspirations.

For more information, please contact Bridgepoint Education's Learning & Development department at militarytraining@bridgepointeducation.com.

About Bridgepoint Education

Bridgepoint Education's postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in such disciplines as business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education's regionally accredited academic institutions – Ashford University and University of the Rockies – deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit www.bridgepointeducation.com or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations at 858.668.2580.

About Ashford University

Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (www.ncahlc.org). The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit www.ashford.edu or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.

About University of the Rockies

University of the Rockies is a graduate school specializing in master's and doctorate degree programs in the social and behavioral sciences. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (www.ncahlc.org), classes are offered online and at the University's Colorado Springs, Colorado campus. For more information, please visit www.rockies.edu or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 866.621.0124 x2513.

Contact: Shari Rodriguez, Associate Vice President of Public Relations 858.668.2580 | shari.rodriguez@bridgepointeducation.com

SOURCE Bridgepoint Education Inc.



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