As part of an unprecedented $2.4 million scholarship program just launched by United States University, its Board Chairman, Rudolph I. Estrada, has arranged for $810,000 for up to 200 scholarships for Hispanic students.
The scholarships are for online undergraduate and graduate programs. The undergraduate programs are in management, nursing (RN to BSN), health science and general studies. Graduate programs are in business administration, nursing administration and nursing education.
Eligible applicants include Hispanic students anywhere in the country.
"In today’s challenged economy, Latinos have the absolute need for education to advance their careers," said Estrada. "That is why I made a commitment to arranging these online scholarships."
Estrada completed his bachelor’s degree at California State University, Los Angeles; his master’s degree at the University of Southern California; and doctoral studies at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management, Claremont University.
Estrada has been in finance and banking for more than 35 years, and is president and chief executive officer of Estradagy Business Advisors in Pasadena, Calif., a financial services company providing comprehensive advisory assistance in the business, banking, and public services sectors. He currently serves as a professor of business and economics at California State University, Channel Islands.
Previously, Estrada was the Los Angeles district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration and small business adviser to President Bill Clinton serving as White House Commissioner on Small Business. He currently serves on the board of East West Bank, as well as several other corporate boards, and is a past president of the Southern California Mexican-American Scholarship Foundation. He has long been concerned with providing educational opportunities for promising young Latino students.
Other contributions to the $2.4 million scholarship program are funding similar scholarships for military students and for California resident students.
"United States University is dedicated to being a best-in-class alternative education provider for traditionally underserved populations, among others," said United States University President Yoram Neumann. "These scholarships will help us greatly expand our ability to do that."
United States University provides high-quality and affordable business, health sciences, teacher education, liberal arts, graduate education, and nursing education on its two Southern California campuses (San Diego and Orange County) and through the Internet. Founded as InterAmerican College in 1997, it is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the California Board of Registered Nursing.
For more information on the scholarships, visit www.usuniversity.edu (Financial Aid — Scholarships) or call (888) 422-3381.