SOURCE: Walden University

Walden University

December 21, 2009 14:56 ET

Walden University Scholars of Change Winners Share Stories on Making Positive Social Change

The Winners of This Video Contest Will Each Receive a $5,000 Prize and $2,500 Donated to Their Favorite Charity

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - December 21, 2009) - Walden University recently announced the winners of its Scholars of Change video competition. Each of the five grand prize winners will receive $5,000 plus $2,500 to donate to their favorite charities. More than 90 Walden students and alumni submitted videos, members of the general public voted, and a panel of judges evaluated the top videos to select five winners.

The video contest began this summer when Walden invited students and alumni to submit short videos showing how the online university helped them to make positive changes. The Scholars of Change video contest (http://www.waldenu.edu/scholarsvideos) grand prize winners are:

-- Tina Cloney: Ph.D. in Public Health student from Decatur, Ill. who designed a diabetes self-management program for her community. Her charity donation goes to Millikin University's Department of Exercise Science & Sport program enhancements.

-- Linda Davis: M.S. in Psychology student from Marco Island, Fla. empowering young women in Latin America through education. Her charity donation goes to Miracles in Action.

-- Mary Morrissey-Ross: Ph.D. in Public Health student from Fairfield, Conn. who implemented screenings to address diabetes and hypertension in Senegal. Her charity donation goes to Arts-Are-Essential.

-- Lee Ann Walker: Doctor of Business Administration student from Jacksonville, Fla. creating public transportation education campaigns for her community. Her charity donation goes to The Women's Center of Jacksonville's Rape Recovery Team.

-- Elisa Watters: Ph.D. in Public Health student from Poulsbo, Wash. who created sustainable community health education programs in Nepal. Her charity donation will go to Children of the Nations.

"These impressive videos demonstrate how Walden students are using their degrees to proactively bring about positive social change in their communities every day," said Jonathan Kaplan, president of Walden University. "It is an honor for all of us at Walden to celebrate their achievements and to further their efforts."

For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu.

About Walden University:

Since 1970, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 36,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are pursuing their bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees at this accredited online university.

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