Education for Advancement (EFA) has announced the availability of $50,000 in scholarships from its academic partner Ashworth College, a leading provider of accredited distance education in the U.S. Through EFA, residents of the Caribbean can take classes online from any location and work at their own pace, allowing them the flexibility to pursue their degree while holding a job in their community or raising a family at home. The $50,000 in scholarship money will be used to assist Caribbean-based students pursuing a degree online in the 2010-2011 academic year. The funds will be divided up to provide one year full scholarships for up to twenty persons. “We want to empower residents of the Caribbean from all walks of life to earn a degree that will help them advance personally and professionally,” explained John Evans, President of EFA. “We will consider candidates who have proven themselves academically or through their work experience and also demonstrate a financial need.” Applicants can be embarking on their college education or may already have earned an associate degree. Ashworth College now has agreements with colleges throughout the Caribbean to allow full credit transfer from local associate degree programmes. Ashworth College also allows applicants to receive credits for life experience in work, the military and even volunteer positions. By accepting associate degree and life-experience credits, Ashworth helps accelerate the college process, enabling some students to complete a full bachelor’s degree in as few as 12 months. Students who are awarded scholarships will have access to Ashworth College’s complete range of self-paced degree courses which include Business, Management, Accounting, Finance, Early Childhood Education, Marketing and Criminal Justice. Over twenty degree courses are available in total. “We support EFA’s mission to bring a world-class education to residents of the Caribbean,” said Dr. Milton Miller, Vice President of Education, Ashworth College. “In these tough economic times, the option of scholarship money can make the difference between someone working on their college degree now or having to delay their educational goals due to limited finances.” Through EFA, students will receive all the necessary study materials, textbooks, academic support and access to fellow students in the Caribbean and worldwide. They’ll also have the opportunity to attend study-related events locally during the course of their studies, as we as a formal graduation ceremony in Atlanta, GA. “We make the process of obtaining a degree online a smooth, meaningful and engaging experience for Caribbean residents,” Mr Evans said. “Our team is on hand to guide students throughout the process from registration to graduation, and now to also provide access to the scholarships from Ashworth College.” The deadline to apply for an Ashworth College scholarship through EFA is August 31, 2010. Interested parties should contact Leah Sahely, Local Representative of EFA, at stkittsnevis@efalearning.com for more details. Learn more about EFA and its many affordable, flexible education options for residents of the Caribbean at www.EducationforAdvancement.com.