SOURCE: New England College of Business

New England College of Business

September 07, 2010 16:24 ET

Douglas LeBlanc Discovers a New Tomorrow With New England College of Business and Finance

Winner of the "Your New Tomorrow" Full Tuition Scholarship

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - September 7, 2010) -  New England College of Business (NECB) is proud to announce Douglas LeBlanc as the recipient of the "Your New Tomorrow" scholarship after receiving over a thousand votes from friends, family and more. LeBlanc's story earned him a full tuition scholarship to NECB. 

"Absolutely amazing! I'm ecstatic with the outcome," said LeBlanc who just completed his first week at NECB where he is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. He discovered the scholarship opportunity during his initial application to NECB. 

LeBlanc went to straight to work at the age of 18 with just a GED after discovering he was going to be a father. LeBlanc describes his commitment to his son and his family as the priority, but the family also places a high value on education. "I've always known I wanted to go to college, but with my son (now 19) in college and my wife and I going through in-vitro fertilization, there's every chance we will have multiple children. I need a degree to continue meeting the needs of my family."

Like many fathers, LeBlanc wrestled with the question, did he really want to add to the family's debt by going back to school? They were still paying off his wife's student loans and paying for his son's college. "But the answer was yes, because it was college. I have always believed that if I put my mind to it, I can do it. So I applied that same belief to sending myself to school."

The "Your New Tomorrow" scholarship challenged potential students to answer the question -- why he or she deserves a new start or why he or she is ready to achieve their goals. This scholarship offering is a part of NECB's approach to providing high-quality educational opportunities for all.

LeBlanc's submission was simple and straightforward, the reason he deserved a new start in his career and was ready to achieve his goals was his family. From the moment he entered the contest, LeBlanc described his son as his biggest supporter.

"My son was very excited. He was working very hard with his friends and family at school to help me get it. He's almost more excited than I was and he knows how hard I am working to get him to the school he is." 

When it came down to the wire, LeBlanc called on old friends, touched based with acquaintances and began actively campaigning for the votes he would need to win the scholarship. His son and wife got involved in a grass roots effort to help LeBlanc achieve his goals. 

Winning is a huge relief for the LeBlanc family as they embark on a new set of goals. "This has always been a dream of mine to go back. I have been planning to go back forever. But I have always been the breadwinner, whether it was a business that I built and ran for five years or in the job I am now. I have been very fortunate in my career with only a GED -- now looking forward to getting my bachelor's to help me with my career." 

NECB is committed to helping adults of all ages continue their education by providing high quality, affordable degree programs and by creating opportunities like the "Your New Tomorrow" scholarship.

About New England College of Business and Finance
Founded in 1909, New England College of Business and Finance (NECB) is a leading Boston institution offering quality education and degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. NECB empowers students with skills and expert knowledge taught by seasoned business leaders and research faculty, using state-of-the-art online courses. Serving students across the United States, NECB is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Online enrollments in the U.S. are growing at rates far in excess of the total higher education student population, with no signs of slowing, according to a recent national report by the Babson Survey Research Group. For information or to enroll in NECB, visit www.necb.edu or call 1-800-997-1673.

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