Minneapolis—May 18, 2009 —Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership is offering more than 200 scholarships with a total value of up to $5 million. Awards range from $1,000 to the cost of full tuition, and the scholarships can be applied to a variety of Walden’s education degree programs.

The scholarships are supported by the Riley Education Fund, named in honor of Richard W. Riley, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. A leading advocate in advancing education as a national priority, Secretary Riley and Walden share a commitment to preparing teachers for leadership roles and providing them with the skills to make their classroom teaching better.

“Both Secretary Riley and Walden have shown their dedication to students and educators throughout the years,” said Victoria Reid, vice president of The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. “These scholarships will help educators to have greater access to education, enabling them to advance their knowledge to increase their effectiveness in their classrooms and their communities.”

Walden’s scholarships include the Riley Scholars, 100 full-tuition scholarships for highly deserving teachers to help them earn their master’s degrees in education. The scholarships are part of a global commitment by Laureate International Universities (LIU) to increase access to higher education for people around the world that was announced at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Asia meeting in Hong Kong last December. Walden is the flagship online university in the LIU network of accredited campus-based and online universities world-wide.

As part of the Riley Education Fund, Walden is also proud to honor and recognize state teacher of the year award recipients nationwide by offering each of these outstanding educators a full tuition Teacher of the Year scholarship. Additional scholarships include: Educator Excellence Awards, providing 60 $1,000 scholarships; and Ann “Tunky” Riley Excellence in Education Scholarships, dedicated to the memory of Secretary Riley’s wife, a teacher and passionate advocate for the quality of public education for all children.

The leader in education programs for working professionals, Walden’s Riley College of Education and Leadership prepares educators as scholar-practitioners who can inspire and impact their diverse learning communities. Its offerings include bachelor’s, master’s, post-master’s, and doctoral degree programs, as well as individual graduate courses and a teacher preparation program.

Walden’s degree programs support the needs of educators at all levels, from preschool through higher education, and at various stages of their profession, including new and veteran classroom teachers, experienced faculty members and administrators, and career-changers interested in teaching.

To learn more about these scholarship opportunities, including eligibility requirements, please visit www.WaldenU.edu/scholarships.

About Walden University
Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees through distance learning. Today, this comprehensive, accredited online university offers master’s and doctoral degrees in education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, and health and human services, as well as master’s programs in engineering and IT and bachelor’s programs in business administration, psychology, child development, computer information systems, interdisciplinary studies, instructional design and technology, nursing, communication, and criminal justice. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org.

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