Columbia Southern Education Group Awards Scholarship to Delta Employee

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Airlines sales account executive ready to reach dream of doctorate with scholarship to online university

Nick DeMarco, left, Susan Franson, LaShawn Hampton, CSEG representative Duane Brown and Cynthia Wilson pose as Hampton is presented with the CSEG Reach Scholarship.

The formal degree will add credibility to my skills and help to propel me to the next level, professionally and personally.

Delta Air Lines senior sales account executive LaShawn Hampton can now achieve a longtime dream thanks to Columbia Southern Education Group’s Reach Scholarship.

The scholarship, which is only offered to employees of Delta Air Lines, is designed to help them rise to greater heights in their career through the power of learning -- and Hampton plans to do just that with an online doctorate in business administration.

“Obtaining a DBA has been a dream of mine for several years,” said Hampton, who works out of Memphis.

“I have consistently tried to incorporate my love of training into my professional and personal life. I truly feel that I have the skills and passion to impact the lives of others. The formal degree will add credibility to my skills and help to propel me to the next level, professionally and personally.”

CSEG is the parent company to Columbia Southern University and Waldorf University. The Reach Scholarship covers up to $17,100 in one online degree program (associate, bachelor, master or doctorate) at either Columbia Southern University or Waldorf University. The scholarship is applied directly to the recipient’s tuition for up to 60 semester hours or 24 consecutive months in the selected online degree program, whichever comes first.

Hampton will be attending Columbia Southern University to obtain her doctorate in business, a topic she knows a lot about because of her family’s entrepreneurial spirit.

“My interest in business is driven by a long history of entrepreneurs in my family. Of my nine great-aunts and uncles, eight of them were business owners. My father also was a co-owner of a men's clothing store for many years,” she explained, adding that the family entrepreneurial spirit touched her, too.

“Prior to beginning my career at Delta Air Lines, I owned and operated two businesses in the Memphis area – a retail store and a sports marketing and public relations agency. Those ventures definitely gave me a 360-degree view of what it takes to be successful in not only business, but also in life,” she said.

Hampton’s love of business and education is further evident as she holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in marketing. She also has a passion for teaching as both parents were educators.

“When I see my students excited about learning because of one of the tools I have provided or excel because of some feedback I have provided, it means the world to me. You can never underestimate the impact you can have on others’ journey to achieve their goals,” she added.

As Hampton begins her path to a doctorate, CSEG and Delta Airlines applaud her efforts and look forward to the amazing contributions she will bring to the business world.

CSEG provides education and training solutions through sister institutions Columbia Southern University and Waldorf University to help corporations meet their workforce needs and employees reach their dreams.

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