Lisle, Illinois ~ Aimee Ford has her sights set on earning a master’s degree and becoming a better leader at work and role model in her community.
Now, after receiving the Arthur J. Schmitt Future Leaders Scholarship, the working mother of two children and student at Benedictine University’s National Moser Center for Adult Learning is one step closer to realizing that dream.
“I am honored, appreciative and thankful to have received this scholarship,” said Ford, who is pursuing an associate degree while working full time as a transportation coordinator for McCain Foods USA in Lisle. “This award will help me complete my academic goals at Benedictine.
“The knowledge and experience gained from the process will enable career advancements through ethical business practices, continued volunteering with organizations that give back to others and our community, and a greater ability to lead and inspire others,” she said.
Benedictine understands the challenges and financial hardships many adult students face when it comes to deciding whether to pursue higher education. That is why Benedictine offers several scholarships to help adult students like Ford, who must balance school with work/life and financial challenges, to succeed academically.
“I hope to inspire others as an accomplished woman with Lupus,” Ford said. “After complications stemming from my illness, our current financial situation competes with my ability to afford success. This scholarship award illustrates how the Benedictine staff helped fuel my future and encouraged me to make the most of the endless opportunities available to adult students.”
In addition to receiving funding for tuition, students who are awarded the Schmitt Scholarship participate in a program custom-designed by Benedictine’s College of Business and Center for Values-Driven Leadership which provides best practices in values-driven leadership skills. Each Schmitt Scholar completes more than 20 hours of interactive learning in workshops, receives continuous mentoring throughout the academic year, and selects, designs and implements a major service learning project.
National Moser Center students who are enrolled as undergraduates can apply to 170 undergraduate and graduate scholarships by logging into ben.edu/stars.
Since establishing the National Moser Center in 2006, Benedictine has offered working adults the chance to earn advanced undergraduate and graduate degrees in an accelerated format by taking classes one night a week or on weekends. It provides hybrid learning (online and in-person classroom settings) to professionals in the Chicago area, central Illinois and southwest Arizona, and online programming in 43 states.
Popular programs include a Bachelor of Arts in Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, an RN to BSN Completion Program, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Public Health and a Master of Education in Reading and Literacy.
For more information about the National Moser Center – with locations throughout Illinois, as well as in Mesa, Ariz., and online – and a full listing or program formats, pricing, events and details, please visit ben.edu/moser or contact (877) 353-9622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 2 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2003-2013 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fifth consecutive year in 2015. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2015.