More than 100 full-scholarship Team USA athletes have graduated from DeVry University

Nearly 200 additional student-athletes have enrolled; $1 million in tuition scholarships awarded to Team USA athletes in 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With four Team USA athletes graduating in the spring of 2018, more than 100 student-athletes have now graduated from DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management since becoming the official education provider of the United States Olympic Committee in 2011. The university’s scholarship offerings and flexible class scheduling give Team USA athletes opportunities to work around rigorous training and competition schedules while maintaining a focus on their education.

Of the 103 total graduates, 58 earned a master’s degree and 41 received a bachelor’s degree, while three earned an associate degree and one received a graduate certificate in entrepreneurship. For a complete list of Team USA graduates, click here.

"Completing my degree at DeVry’s Keller Graduate School of Management enhanced my knowledge and strengthened my skill set,” said Carissa Gump, 2008 Olympic weightlifter and current executive director at the National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation. “I implemented what I had studied to advance my career to become a successful nonprofit professional. The partnership with Team USA allows athletes to obtain a degree while planning ahead for life after competing."

DeVry was instrumental in the successful launch of the USOC’s Athlete Career and Education Program in 2014. Formerly known as the Athlete Career Program, the USOC expanded the initiative to emphasize education and provide a full post-competition service to Team USA athletes. ACE provides current and retired Team USA athletes with career, education and life skills resources to support athletic performance goals and facilitate successful transition to careers post-competition.

The 100-graduate milestone comes on the heels of a successful year that saw DeVry award more than $1 million in tuition scholarships to 167 athletes – including 27 graduates – through ACE. In all, the ACE program helped deliver career and education services to nearly 1,700 Team USA athletes in 2017, representing 84 percent of sports. 

“ACE ensures Team USA athletes perform their best in every area of their lives,” said Elana Meyers Taylor, a three-time Olympic medalist in bobsled who earned an MBA in finance from the Keller Graduate School of DeVry in 2015. “By helping me find scholarships and career opportunities, I can advance professionally and still focus on performing at my very best for my country.”

Following graduation, Team USA athletes continue to make an impact at organizations both inside and out of the Olympic and Paralympic movements. Mark Grimmette – a five-time Olympian in luge who earned a bachelor’s in technical management in 2015 – is the high performance director at USA Luge, while Ashley Walden – 2002 Olympian in luge who earned a master’s in business administration in 2015 – is the high performance director at USA Bobsled & Skeleton. Anna Johannes is a Paralympic bronze medalist in swimming and currently works at Boston’s Children’s Hospital Trust after receiving her business administration degree in 2016.

Through DeVryWORKS, the university’s workforce solutions division, DeVry offers degree programs in Business, Tech, and Health for Team USA athletes, making it possible for them to pursue their Olympic and Paralympic aspirations, while planning for life after sport. Since the program began in 2011, more than 375 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and training hopefuls have enrolled in a DeVry University associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree program, including 103 graduates.