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Franklin University Announces Second Annual 1902 Leadership Circle Scholarship Recipients

Columbus, OH (November 6, 2015)

Franklin University, a leader in educating working adults, is proud to announce its sixth annual 1902 Leadership Circle scholarship recipients: Aaron Cydrus, Laura Diggle, Alex Dontre, Aliethea Dickson and Toshia Kimbler Hogan. Each recipient will be awarded a scholarship of $4,000 to apply toward this year’s tuition. Members of the circle were invited to a reception on Franklin University’s Main Campus in downtown Columbus on Wednesday, Nov. 4 to meet with University leadership and other scholarship recipients.

Through their annualgift of $1,902, alumni and friends see the immediate impact of their donation by supporting scholarships for future leaders. Each year, 1902 Leadership Circle Scholarships are given to Franklin University undergraduate and graduate students who have made a positive impact on the economic and social good for their local communities by displaying drive, tenacity and an entrepreneurial spirit similar to that of the University’s namesake, Benjamin Franklin.

Established in 2010, the 1902 Leadership Circle Scholarship honors some of Franklin’s most outstanding students. To date 29 scholarships totaling $116,000 in scholarship assistance have been awarded.

Scholarship recipients must satisfy the following requirements to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per term
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Be recommended by a Franklin University faculty member

The following recipients represent a passion, perseverance and love for learning, as well as the breadth of programs Franklin University offers:

Aaron Cydrus (B.S. from Franklin in Business Administration ’09) – Currently pursuing a masters in public administration.

Laura Diggle (B.S. from Franklin in Allied Healthcare Management, ’13) – Currently pursuing a masters in instructional design and performance technology.

Alex Dontre – Currently pursuing a B.S. in financial planning and financial management

Aliethea Dickson – Currently pursuing a B.S. in business administration and human resource management

Toshia Kimbler Hogan - Currently pursuing a B.S. in human resources management

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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