Ashford University online programs help people year-round, making it easier for them to earn degrees that may elevate their careers. But the university, which started all the way back in 1918 as a junior college for women, went the extra mile during the 2012 Holiday Bowl to do something special for a handful of military spouses.

On December 27, during the halftime show of the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl in San Diego, California, Ashford University executive vice-president and chief academic officer Dr. Elizabeth Tice took to the field to award the Homefront Heroes Scholarships to five deserving wives whose husbands are serving in the armed forces.

The Homefront Heroes Scholarships was created by Ashford University in partnership with Cox Communications to recognize “the strength and support military spouses provide our nation’s service members.” The scholarship covers tuition and books to help spouses of military service-people finish their education at Ashford University.

At the Holiday Bowl, the scholarships were awarded to five military spouses from the greater San Diego area, each of whom had to submit an essay on being “married to the military” and how the scholarship would assist in their future goals.

Upon receiving one of the scholarships, Samantha Kate Siaw of Temecula, California, said, “I feel so incredibly blessed and grateful to be afforded this opportunity. I am planning to complete my bachelor’s degree in law enforcement administration to become a deputy sheriff and give back to the community through policing.”

Dr. Tice commented, “It was an honor to present this award to five very deserving individuals. Ashford University is dedicated to educating our nation and understands the importance of recognizing the selfless sacrifices military spouses make in supporting America’s men and women in uniform.”

These scholarships are just one of many examples of Ashford University’s continuing commitment to helping their students and it surely won’t be the last.

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