Lenexa, Kan., May 22, 2020 — UA Grantham, an online university, has announced today that it is awarding a total of $5,000 in grants to UA Grantham students and alumni across the country who are helping to fight the pandemic in their communities. Grantham created the Student Community Grant to help students and alumni fund their efforts to combat Covid-19 and is awarding five $1,000 grants across the country.
The grant winners are:
- Charles Walters, of Albuquerque, NM, who is supporting veterans by shopping for meals, paying for groceries out of pocket, making masks and delivering meals for healthcare workers.
- Jason Scannell, of Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, who is printing N95 mask equivalents for hospitals in Detroit.
- Jeanette Abbott, of Nampa, ID, who is making reusable masks with four layers of protection and heavy strength interfacing for hospitals in her community.
- Joshua Panico, of Olathe, KS, who is using a 3D printer to make face masks and shields.
- Thomas Travers, of Plattsburgh, NY, who is building a ventilator to help address the need in his county.
“We commend these students and alumni for stepping up to provide necessary products and services during this critical time,” said Dr. Anthony R. Petroy, president, provost and chief academic officer of UA Grantham. “It’s people like this who exemplify the best of our country. We are grateful for their selfless contributions to the community and pleased to lend a hand to their efforts.”
About UA Grantham: Founded in 1951 by WWII veteran Donald Grantham, UA Grantham provides online higher education for all adult learners, including our nation’s military for whom the university was established. Designated in 2019 as a Purple Heart University, Grantham boasts a diverse student body, approximately half being military-affiliated. For anyone balancing education with a demanding lifestyle, Grantham is the solution with its flexible online learning environment, monthly course starts, 50+ degree and certificate programs, and one of the lowest tuitions in the country1.
Accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, Grantham continues to receive programmatic accreditations as it evolves its education offerings to meet marketplace demands.
Brandon Swenson, communications manager, is on University of Arkansas Grantham’s editorial board. A veteran and college graduate himself, he understands the benefits and intricacies of government education programs, such as veteran education benefits. Brandon earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City toward the end of his nearly two-decade tour in the United States Marine Corps.