The Art Institutes Partners with Military Families United (MFU) to Provide Scholarships to Spouses of Armed Forces Members

By: The Art Institutes

March 20, 2015

[Washington D.C., August 27, 2012] – The Art Institutes and Military Families United (MFU), a national coalition of Gold Star and Blue Star families, veterans and patriotic Americans announce four winners each of a $25,000 tuition scholarship to attend an Art Institutes school. The scholarship recipients are:

  • Briana Pierson, Oceanside, California-The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division
  • Maria Clarissa Peters, La Mesa, California-The Art Institute of California, San Diego, a campus of Argosy University
  • Michelle O’Brien, Colorado Springs, Colorado-The Art Institute of Colorado
  • Michele Durante, Modesto, California-The Art Institute of California, San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University

The Art Institutes system of schools and MFU partnered to create the scholarship program to provide educational support to spouses of Armed Forces members, including Active Duty, Active National Guard and Reserve, and spouses of those killed in the line of duty post 9/11.

“We appreciate the service these men and women make to our country and we are pleased to be able to provide support for an education that will help them get started on the path to a creative career,” said John Mazzoni, President of The Art Institutes. “As spouses of members of the military, they are helping to create a brighter tomorrow for us. At The Art Institutes, we want to help them in their pursuit of an education that can help to launch the next phase of their careers.”

“We are excited about this new opportunity because The Art Institutes system of schools is a leader in delivering online and on ground educational opportunities to students and they believe, as we do, that providing high quality educational opportunities to members of our Armed Forces and their families ensures a better future for our country,” said Robert Jackson, Executive Director of Military Families United.

The Art Institutes is proud to provide educational opportunities to our nation’s veterans and their families and, like MFU, share a deep gratitude to the men and women who keep America safe. The Art Institutes is uniquely suited to serve our nation’s military, offering a broad array of educational programs that provide active duty service members, reservists, veterans, military spouses and families the quality, flexibility, and convenience they seek both on campus and online.

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The Art Institutes ( ) is a system of more than 50 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. OH Registration # 04-01-1698B; AC0165, AC0080; Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 1287, 3427, 3110, 2581. Since The Art Institutes is comprised of several institutions, see for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Military Families United (MFU) ( ) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to “Honor the Fallen, Support Those Who Fight, and Serve Their Families.” The organization is a national coalition of Gold Star and Blue Star families, veterans and others who share a deep appreciation for our men and women in uniform. Founded in 2005, MFU provides programs that offer families direct support.

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By: The Art Institutes

March 20, 2015