Destiny Solutions Awards Scholarship to Lifelong Learners

Business software solution firm helps fund education for two non-traditional students

Online PR News – 07-October-2011 – – Today, more than 40 percent of higher education students are over the age of 25, yet scholarships are still rarely available for this group.

Asta Becker, 34 and Joseph Puhak, 29, couldn’t contain their excitement when they found out that they had each won $2,500 to pay for their schooling as the 2011 recipients of the Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship Award.

The Scholarship is awarded by Destiny Solutions, the leading innovator of lifelong learning business solutions, to two non-traditional learners who are improving themselves and their communities by continuing their education.

“The Scholarship is given in honor of the late Dr. Mary Cone Barrie and her eternal love of learning,” said Shaul Kuper, president and CEO of Destiny Solutions. “Asta and Joseph are two lifelong learners who bring an incredible passion and commitment to their studies. I am overjoyed to present them with this year’s award.”

A detective from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, Puhak is enrolled in a Bachelor of Science, criminal justice program at Western Carolina University. He began his studies in 2009 after he found out he and his wife were expecting their first child.

Asta and Joseph are two lifelong learners who bring an incredible passion and commitment to their studies. I am overjoyed to present them with this year’s award.

“Our finances changed drastically,” he said “I decided that higher education was the answer to attaining a better quality of life for my family.”

Puhak was promoted in March 2011 to Detective Sergeant.

“Through a recent promotion with added stressors and responsibility I started to feel the effects of career and learning burn-out. Since I found out about the scholarship, my enthusiasm is much higher and I have found a new level of motivation,” Puhak said. “I thank Destiny Solutions and the Barrie Family. I have no choice but to repay both parties with good grades and my heartfelt pursuit of success.”

Becker, a human resources assistant in Charlotte, North Carolina, is enrolled in a Bachelor of Commerce at Pfeiffer University. She plans to graduate next summer and pursue a career in international business, where she can use her knowledge of other languages.

“I grew up in Lithuania back when it was under communist rule,” she said. “As a student, I never felt like I was excelling at my studies. Schools forced pupils to study instead of teaching them … and I felt useless and insignificant.”

Becker moved to the United States in 2002 and enrolled in English classes in 2006 after finalizing her divorce.

“It was very scary because I hadn’t been to school for over 15 years but I didn’t see any other opportunities,” Becker said. “I always wanted more, it’s just that at the begining I didn’t know how to get there. I went step by step until I found out that education would let me take the path I wanted.”

About the Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship

The Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship is an annual prize awarded by Destiny Solutions each fall. It was launched as a tribute to a trusted friend and mentor, Dr. Mary Cone Barrie (1945-2009). She was the Director of the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. The annual scholarship recognizes the efforts of adult learners who are improving their lives through continuing education and workforce development.

About Destiny Solutions

Destiny Solutions is the leading innovator of lifelong learning business solutions. Since 2001, Destiny Solutions has delivered breakthrough technology designed exclusively to meet the divergent needs of non-traditional higher education. Our flagship product, Destiny One,TM is the only business solution that offers integrated constituent, enrollment and administrative management on a single software platform. Crafted with the lifelong learner in mind, Destiny One is the most complete, agile and trusted business solution. It transforms traditional administrative systems so educators can grow revenue, enhance student experience and success, and improve operational efficiency.

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