Official Education Partner of the Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals

Become a game changer — through higher education

University of Phoenix and the Arizona Cardinals are focused on encouraging the more than 44 million Americans who have started but not completed their college degrees, to finish what they began.

As the Official Education Partner of the Arizona Cardinals, our goal is to empower future generations through education — helping to ensure that students of all ages have access to the tools they need to succeed in school. Throughout Arizona, we support community outreach programs that improve education, recognize exceptional teachers and reward students who excel in the classroom.

Focus to the Finish scholarship


At University of Phoenix, we believe that nothing should stand in the way of completing your degree. It all starts with a game plan.

And sometimes, a little teamwork comes in handy. That’s why we launched our annual Focus to the Finish℠ scholarship.

In honor of the Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium this season, we are offering 49 full-tuition scholarships to individuals who are as motivated as Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald when it comes to completing their degrees. Each scholarship allows a prospective student the opportunity to complete an undergraduate or master’s degree at University of Phoenix — and prepare for the game of life.

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Marquee Math Competition



 

Each spring, we co-host an annual Marquee Math Competition for Valley high school students at University of Phoenix Stadium®.

Participants are challenged to solve problems from a variety of math disciplines, including physics and geometry. Football terminology, plays and statistics are used as variables.

Last April, competing schools included Bioscience, Campo Verde, Cesar Chavez, Higley, Mesquite, Mountain Pointe, Queen Creek, Saguaro, Tolleson Union, University and Westwood high schools.

The math problems were created and graded by several University of Phoenix representatives: Shawn McCowan, PhD (associate dean, College of Humanities and Sciences), Douglas M. Lenz (director of academic affairs, College of Humanities and Sciences online), Daniel Mullins (academic affairs project director) and Avi Silterra (instructional designer).

Donate to Educate

Donate to Educate

University of Phoenix and Arizona Cardinals Charities team up each football season to raise much-needed funding for local public schools and educational organizations. Money collected during the season is awarded the following fall in grants of up to $5,000 each.

During the off-season, Arizona Cardinals Charities accepted grant applications from Arizona nonprofits, schools and districts to receive funding raised from the Donate to Educate program in 2013. Recipients were notified on September 1, 2014.

Through Donate to Educate, your contributions are making a difference in the lives of Arizona students and educators.

Through Donate to Educate, your contributions are making a difference in the lives of Arizona students and educators.

Here’s how it works: At each Cardinals home game, fans are encouraged to enter the Arizona Cardinals Charities 50/50 raffle at University of Phoenix Stadium. Proceeds from selected games have achieved the following goals, and much more:

  • Put new technology and school supplies in Arizona classrooms
  • Promoted student health, wellness and literacy
  • Encouraged students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math

At the September 21, 2014, game, grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Arizona Charter Academy
  • Banner Health Foundation/Banner Children’s Academy
  • CASA Academy
  • Chandler Unified School District/Chandler Education Foundation
  • Connolly Middle School
  • Dos Rios Elementary School
  • Elevate Phoenix
  • Glendale Elementary School District/Glendale Landmark School
  • Gompers Habilitation Center/Gompers Private School
  • Longview Elementary School
  • New River School
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School
  • Papago School
  • Prescott High School
  • Pueblo Gardens PK-8 School
  • Quentin Elementary School
  • Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic School
  • Santan Junior High School
  • Shadow Ridge High School
  • St. Louis the King Catholic School
  • Tuscano Elementary School
  • Westar Elementary
  • Western Valley Elementary School
  • Wilson Elementary School

During the season, as you cheer on the home team, look for University of Phoenix 50/50 raffle volunteers on the main concourse of the stadium.

MVPs in the Classroom

MVP's in the Classroom

Do you know a teacher who’s a great team player? A true role model and leader?

We’ve joined forces with the Cardinals to support MVPs in the Classroom, a program that recognizes and rewards Arizona’s hardworking educators. 

During the season, you can nominate your favorite teacher for this memorable honor. Three MVP teachers will be selected for each of eight home games and will receive the following prizes:

  • One Arizona Cardinals jersey
  • Four tickets to a regular-season game
  • Four VIP sideline passes
  • One $500 gift card to DonorsChoose.org for classroom supplies

Please visit us again during the season to download a nomination form from the Cardinals website.

Kids camps


University of Phoenix and the Arizona Cardinals share a passion for giving back to local communities. That’s why every football season, we offer co-sponsored football clinics for children living in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

In 2014, we welcomed children from Espiritu Charter - NFL YET Academy, John R. Davis Elementary, and Sun Canyon Elementary. At each camp, 150 students had the opportunity to interact with the Arizona Cardinals staff, the Cardinals team mascot “Big Red” and an Arizona Cardinals player. More details will be provided here as the 2014–15 season gets under way.

Cardinals Classroom All-Stars


Do you set a shining example for your school and community?

University of Phoenix and the Arizona Cardinals are honoring local classroom all-stars — students who display greatness both in and out of school.

Each season, we ask kids to tell us what makes them good role models. From those entries, 100 students are chosen to receive four tickets to an Arizona Cardinals home game.

Here’s how it works: At each Cardinals home game, fans are encouraged to enter the Arizona Cardinals Charities 50/50 raffle at University of Phoenix Stadium. Proceeds from selected games have achieved the following goals, and much more:

  • Put new technology and school supplies in Arizona classrooms
  • Promoted student health, wellness and literacy
  • Encouraged students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math

Apply now ›

 

We’re investing in education throughout your community

Find other ways University of Phoenix is partnering with your community to support education and help build a better tomorrow. 

The use of the phrase education partner or education partnership is for marketing purposes only and is not intended to create a legal partnership. 

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