DENVER, COLO (March 29, 2011)—Jones International University® (JIU®), the first fully online accredited* university, served as the title sponsor of the 2011 Eagle Scout Banquet as part of its dedication to lifelong learning, education and giving back to the community. The event was held Friday, February 25th at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver, Colorado and honored 554 Scouts in the Denver Metro Area who achieved Eagle Scout Recognition.
Eagle Scout Recognition is the highest rank given by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), and marks the end of a long road of momentous achievement for a Scout. Each Scout has earned at least 21 merit badges, has demonstrated proficiency in leadership, service and outdoor skills, and has performed his own Eagle project. This process can take years, and must be completed before a Scout turns 18. Nationally, only about 5 percent of Scouts achieve this respected rank.
Together this year’s class of Eagle Scouts facilitated over 98,450 hours of volunteer service and provided $2,623,703 in value to their communities through completion of their Eagle Scout projects over the past year.
“Becoming an Eagle Scout is monumental for a young man. It becomes a key differentiator in his life,” said Glenn Jones, Founder of Jones International University. “For 100 years, the BSA has created a foundation of leadership, service, and community for millions of America's youth, all of which are key reasons the University felt compelled to sponsor such a notable event.”
Not only is Glenn Jones himself an Eagle Scout, he has also been awarded the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award for his professional accomplishments and stewardship to his community. Serving others has been a lifelong focus for him in his professional endeavors. It was a vision to enable more people to experience the transformative power of education that lead to the establishment of the first virtual university, Jones International University.
The BSA has remained the nation’s leading youth organization because it remains true to the core values of Scouting, such as service to others, respecting and embracing the outdoors, doing your best, and living in a healthy manner.
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About Jones International University®, Ltd. (JIU®)
As the pioneer in online education, Jones International University, offers an unparalleled online educational experience that provides essential tools and strategies for career starters, career changers, and career advancers around the globe. It offers an array of online undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees and professional certificate programs in the fields of business administration, education, and business communication and employs some of the greatest minds from many of the world’s leading universities. JIU was the first entirely virtual university in the U.S. to be granted regional accreditation and continues to make its mark as the Gold Standard Online University®. Visit www.jiu.edu for more information.
*Jones International University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. The HLC may be contacted at 800.621.7440 or www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.
About Denver Boy Scouts
The Denver Area Council serves over 60,000 youth through the assistance and mentorship of over 10,000 adult volunteers. In 2010, the Denver Area Council, BSA celebrated 100 Years of strengthening youth and their families through the delivery of time-honored Scouting programs. The Boy Scouts of America provides youth the opportunity to try new things, provide services to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards. Scouting prepares young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. For more information please visit http://wwwdenverboyscouts.org.
About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 20, 1.1 million volunteers and nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.