Capella University PhD Graduate Honored by Maybelline New York : Dr. Deborah Sims, a doctoral graduate from the online university, received the Beauty of Education Award on December 4

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Dr. Deborah Sims was one of 10 recipients of the 2008 Maybelline New York Beauty of Education Award. The award recognizes women using the power of education to make a difference. Dr. Sims was selected by Maybelline for founding Hopes for Higher Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving college access for the youth aging out of the foster care system and into higher education. Dr. Sims earned a doctorate from Capella University's School of Harold Abel School of Psychology in 2006. Capella University (, is an accredited* online university that has built its reputation by providing quality online education for working adults.

I found balancing both to be a very positive experience

Dr. Sims, herself a product of foster care, operated and managed the Hopes for Higher Education while pursuing her online PhD. "I found balancing both to be a very positive experience," commented Dr. Sims. "I knew that I wanted to conduct my research in this area, so I was very eager to combine the two activities that I'm most passionate about—my education and helping the kids aging out of foster care." Her organization will receive a $10,000 grant to support their educational cause along with the opportunity to be showcased in a national ad in Essence Magazine.

About Capella University

Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited*, fully online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, psychology, public health, and public safety, and bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella offers 111 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 15 certificate programs. The online university currently serves more than 24,000 students from all 50 states and 56 countries. It is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA), headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),

Capella University, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).

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