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Rasmussen College Offers New Grant Program To Honor Local American Heroes

College Will Award $250,000 Worth of Grants Made Available to all Active Duty Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters and Paramedics to Help Defray the Cost of Continuing Education

February 10, 2012

Erin Werthman
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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (February 10, 2012) – In honor of the service and sacrifices made by police officers, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and paramedics every day to protect the public’s safety, Rasmussen College today announced the launch of a new grant program designed to help these dedicated public servants pursue an advanced degree to enhance their career.

One of the few programs of its kind designed specifically for the public safety professional, the Rasmussen College American Heroes Grant will offer 100 grants worth up to $2,500 each in direct tuition assistance to active duty local, state and federal law enforcement officers, professional firefighters and paramedics who enroll in any Rasmussen College degree program at any of its 22 campuses nationwide or online.

“Rasmussen College has already developed a strong partnership with the criminal justice and public safety communities in the areas we serve,” said Matt Petz, Director of the Rasmussen College School of Justice Studies and full-time licensed Minnesota peace officer for over 15 years, citing the numerous professional guest lecturers who participate in class programs and the high-ranking advisory board members, trainers and faculty members in the industry who are affiliated with Rasmussen College. “This new grant is a great way for us to show our sincere appreciation for the dedication and sacrifices these individuals make every day to keep us safe by answering the call to duty, no matter what time of the day or night.”

Obtaining an advanced degree in their current field can enable public safety professionals to achieve a specialized assignment, or a higher rank and a higher salary. However, recipients of the Rasmussen College American Heroes Grant may pursue any program of study, not just criminal justice, giving them an opportunity to expand their horizons and catapult their career to the next level. For example, a police officer may enroll in the Information Technology program to pursue a career as a forensic IT professional, or a paramedic might attain a degree from the School of Health Sciences to work in non-emergency patient care.

To qualify, prospective or current students must provide and maintain proof of employment in a qualifying field and must also maintain continuous enrollment for 10 consecutive quarters (some exclusions may apply based on program requirements). Application for the American Heroes Grant is part of the normal student admissions/enrollment process at the Rasmussen College campus of their choice. Further, recipients of the American Heroes Grant are also still eligible for federal financial aid programs and may take advantage of Rasmussen College corporate partnership discounts available through their employer.

Rasmussen College is dedicated to serving law enforcement officers, professional firefighters and paramedics even beyond the American Heroes Grant, and has implemented several additional strategies to help them achieve their goals as efficiently as possible such as: specialized transfer policies for police academy, military and academic credit; online classes that are available 24/7 to meet current job demands; sequenced scheduling to maximize course availability, and industry-relevant coursework that can be applied to current professions.

For more information about the Rasmussen American Heroes Grant, visit

Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation that is dedicated to changing lives through high-demand educational programs and public service. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate's and Bachelor's degrees online and across its 24 Midwest and Florida campuses in a supportive, student-centered and career-focused environment. Since 1900, Rasmussen College has been dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. As a Benefit Corporation, Rasmussen College is committed to helping change lives through education and making a positive impact on society through public service and a variety of community-based initiatives. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit

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