Ameritas College Awarded $250,000 Grant

Bill and Melinda Foundation awards grant


IRVINE, Calif. (October 17, 2012) – Ameritas College Educational Services, LLC has received a $250,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Educause, through The Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) initiative, for its innovative mission to provide Hispanic students the opportunity to earn Associate and Bachelor’s degrees through dual language academic instruction. 

Ameritas College Educational Services, LLC is a new joint venture of Brandman University (part of the Chapman University System) and University Ventures Fund.  The joint venture enabled Brandman University to establish Ameritas College, Brandman’s fifth college.  Ameritas College offers affordable, high-quality bachelor of arts degree programs  delivered simultaneously with English language instruction for Hispanic working adults for whom cost and language proficiency are major barriers to a college degree. 

According to Sara Martinez-Tucker, former Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education and former CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Ameritas College is on track to help Hispanic working adults break the cycle of under-education and gain the preparation to effectively compete in a multicultural workforce. 

“We are making a college degree accessible through a combination of a dual language platform and an outstanding team of leaders experienced in serving the unique needs of Hispanic students. Whether it is a working adult looking to advance his career or an employer looking to develop and strengthen its workforce, Ameritas College brings a much needed educational option to our rapidly growing Hispanic community,” said Martinez-Tucker, Ameritas College Educational Services, LLC Board Chair.

About Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC)

Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) accelerates educational innovation through applied technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. This multi-year program provides investment capital to expand the use of proven and emerging learning technologies, collects and shares evidence of what works, and fosters innovation and adoption of solutions which will dramatically improve the quality of learning in the United States, particularly for low-income students and students of color.

About Ameritas College of Brandman University

Ameritas College is the newest college of Brandman University and continues the long tradition of academic excellence with a focus on serving the educational needs of the U.S. Hispanic community.  With personalized academic counseling and flexible course schedules to accommodate Latino adults’ working lives and needs, Ameritas College offers an accessible and affordable, high-quality college education.  Degrees include Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, and Psychology as well as an Associate degree in General Education at any of Brandman’s Southern California campuses located in Irvine, Moreno Valley, Ontario, Palm Desert, San Diego and Victorville.  For more information on Ameritas College, call 866-827-1470 or visit


About Brandman University
Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers 50+ undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs across its schools of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health. Brandman serves 12,000 students annually with programs available online and at 26 campuses throughout California and Washington. The university’s online programs consistently rank among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.