Northcentral University Kick-Starts Eight Graduates' Careers with $20,000 Grants

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Students to Receive Funds to Help Launch Their Dreams Upon Graduation

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Northcentral University today announced the names of eight new students who were chosen as recipients of a $20,000 NCU Kick-Starter Grant to launch their dreams upon completion of their NCU master’s or doctoral degree program.

Grant recipients were selected on their essay submissions which described the purpose and motivations behind their dream goal and how the grant would help them achieve it. Students from all of NCU’s three Schools - Business and Technology Management, Education, and Social and Behavioral Sciences - submitted essay entries.

“We’re proud to invest in the University’s graduates with initiatives like the NCU Kick-Starter Grant program. The eight selected recipients will have a unique opportunity to launch their future goals through the $20,000 grant. It is our hope that through this funding, they can make a positive impact on their lives and in their communities,” said George Burnett, President, Northcentral University.

The eight grant recipients, their program of study and the description of their dream goals are:

  •     Patricia Hansen, Doctor of Business Administration candidate: Design a certification program for business owners/managers that standardizes skills for effective management.
  •     William Hancock, Doctor of Philosophy in Business candidate: Establish a non-profit to help convicts avoid recidivism by providing them with housing, education and counseling assistance.
  •     Tanisha Smith, Doctor of Business Administration candidate: Establish a 501(c)3 non-profit for the hearing impaired to raise awareness of the benefits and availability of cochlear implants.
  •     Krystin Mavity, Doctor of Philosophy in Education candidate: Start an alternative career center for young adults seeking different pathways to careers, instead of a four-year college.
  •     Peter Hunt, Master of Education candidate: Start a language school for business professionals and ESL (English as a Second Language) students to study English, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.
  •     Eugene Clancy, Master of Education candidate: Establish a scholarship to help veterans transition to civilian life.
  •     Mary Jane Symkovkiak, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy candidate: Author a series of picture books for grade school-aged readers that address events and issues that can disrupt families.
  •     Patricia Zimmerman, Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology candidate: Establish a support center for women that helps reduce recidivism by providing former inmates access to counseling and education.

Essays were judged by the NCU Selection Committee and evaluated on the overall quality of the entry without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.


About Northcentral University
Founded in 1996, Northcentral University is a regionally accredited, private, online and graduate-focused university serving professionals globally. Northcentral University offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business and technology management, education, and psychology, as well as doctoral and master’s degrees in marriage and family therapy. Without physical residency requirements, courses are taught one-to-one by professors who all hold doctoral degrees. Northcentral University is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For more information, visit or call (888) 628-2078. For program disclosures, please visit

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