SAN DIEGO, Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE :BPI ), a provider of postsecondary education services focused on providing higher access to higher education, has offered its support to the Finish Chelsea's Run 5K race and fun-run fundraiser. Bridgepoint will provide $40,000 to Chelsea's Light Foundation and the Sunflower Scholarship Fund, both beneficiaries of the 5K run/walk being held in Chelsea King's honor.
"Sponsoring Finish Chelsea's Run was an easy decision and Bridgepoint Education is honored to partner with Chelsea's Light Foundation which is all about perpetuating the way Chelsea King lived her short life," said Ross Woodard, Bridgepoint's senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "We are keen to augment children's educational aspirations however we can. The Sunflower Scholarship Fund is a wonderful way to do so."
Sadly, Chelsea King lost her young life in 2010 while running at Lake Hodges. Finish Chelsea's Run will take place on March 5, 2011, in Balboa Park, where King practiced with the San Diego Youth Symphony. The 5K will offer participants a competitive run or an alternative fitness run/walk. For more information and/or to register, go to http://www.facebook.com/chelseaslight or to chelseaslight.org.
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 Finish Chelsea's Run
The Inaugural 2011 Finish Chelsea's Run will be a 5K competitive road race and fun run/walk to raise funds for scholarships. It will be held in Balboa Park where Chelsea loved to visit and where she practiced with the San Diego Youth Symphony. Finish Chelsea's Run will be emceed by "Little Tommy" Sablan and there will be pre- and post-race family events in the race area in Balboa Park. All ages are welcome, and families are encouraged to participate together. Event information and registration is at http://www.facebook.com/chelseaslight or at chelseaslight.org.
About the Sunflower Scholarship Fund, Powered by Chelsea's Light Foundation
The Sunflower Scholarship Fund is an innovative scholarship program that will help San Diego youth realize their academic and community enrichment goals. Two kinds of scholarships will be offered: "Academic" (based on academic merit) and "Joie de Vivre" (supporting and nurturing a child's extracurricular interests thus providing them with the balance to enjoy a well-rounded and joyful life).
SOURCE Bridgepoint Education, Inc.