Year-long program offers a full scholarship and up to 50 partial scholarships

DAVENPORT, IA, March 27, 2012 – Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, and the American Freedom Foundation, an organization committed to honoring members of the armed forces, have teamed up to form the Kaplan University/American Freedom Foundation scholarship program for the spouses and dependents of active-duty service members.

“The American Freedom Foundation supports our military servicemen and women in a variety of ways, and partnering with Kaplan University to help them further their education is another important step in helping these families achieve their goals,” said Sgt. Major of the Army (RETIRED) Jack Tilley, co-founder, chairman and CEO of the American Freedom Foundation.

The Kaplan University/American Freedom Foundation scholarship program offers a full scholarship and up to 50 partial scholarships that will cover 60 percent of tuition costs, for military spouses and dependents who pursue an online bachelor’s or associate’s degree at Kaplan University. 

Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 to be eligible for the full scholarship and at least a 3.0 grade point average to qualify for a partial scholarship.  Scholarship applications are available online athttp://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/aff/ and must be submitted by June 1, 2012. 

“The pursuit of higher education is often sacrificed by members of a military family who often find the barriers to getting a degree insurmountable,” said Scott Kilgore, senior vice president of military affairs for Kaplan University Group.  “Kaplan University continues to try to remove obstacles by offering scholarships, tuition benefits and special services to military students and their families in recognition of their service to our country.”

Military Advanced Education magazine named Kaplan University among America’s Top Military Friendly Colleges and Universities for 2012 for the fourth year in a row.

Kaplan University offers a multitude of services for online military students, which includes help from specially trained admissions, academic and financial aid advisors in the Military Student Support Center.  In addition, the University reduces tuition for active-duty service members, military veterans and military spouses by 55, 38 and 10 percent, respectively.  Kaplan University offers credit for military training and experience and accepts credit from other Servicemember Opportunity Colleges.  The University also waives tuition costs for courses dropped due to changes in military orders.  

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 (www.ncahlc.org) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves more than 50,000 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 one of Kaplan, Inc.’s higher education institutions, which serve more than 74,000 students online and through more than 70 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, Inc. is a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. It is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO), and its largest division. For more information about Kaplan University, visit www.military.kaplan.edu.

About the American Freedom Foundation
The American Freedom Foundation’s mission is to honor the men and women of America’s armed forces and raise awareness for their service and sacrifice, and raise money for organizations that serve and support our veterans, active duty military and their families.  Special emphasis is directed to the welfare of those wounded in action, those disabled and the families and children of those killed in action in conflicts throughout the world.  For more information about the American Freedom Foundation, visit http://americanfreedomfoundation.org/.

Press contact: 
Kaplan:  Quenjana Adams, (312) 385-1414, qadams@kaplan.edu