The Dream BIG Scholarship Program has closed for 2014. Recipients will be announced by July 31, 2014.

What is the National Retail Federation Dream BIG scholarship?

The National Retail Federation Dream BIG scholarship is one of several programs established by University of Phoenix to increase access to education for promising students.

As a current retail employee, you are eligible to take your career dreams to the next level. Through the NRF Foundation and University of Phoenix, 20 full-tuition scholarships will be offered to current retail employees who have big dreams in continuing their retail career in any number of disciplines, including but not limited to business, finance, security, technology, management and marketing. Each scholarship will allow a prospective student the opportunity to complete an undergraduate or master’s degree program at University of Phoenix.

Can I be currently enrolled at the University to be eligible?

Applicants must not be currently enrolled nor in the process of enrolling at any University of Phoenix campus or in any University of Phoenix online program at any time prior to the scholarship award date. Applicants who enroll after submitting an application or before the scholarship award date are not eligible to receive this scholarship.

I have completed my application to University of Phoenix but have not enrolled in any classes yet. Am I eligible to apply?

If you have completed your admissions application within the past six months, even if you have not begun classes, you are considered a current student. You must wait until after the award date to complete your admissions application to remain eligible for this scholarship.

What expenses are covered under this scholarship?

This scholarship program covers full tuition and fees toward the completion of a degree at University of Phoenix. Educational supplies and living expenses are not included. See scholarship terms and conditions for full description.

Will the scholarship pay for books?

Yes. The scholarship covers the cost of electronic resources (online textbooks) that are required for classes and provided by University of Phoenix. The scholarship does not cover the cost of physical/hard copies of books if required.

What about living quarters/dormitories?

University of Phoenix does not have dormitories, so a change in one’s living situation is not required.

However, we work hard to put an education within reach of busy working adults. In addition to offering degree programs online, University of Phoenix has more than 100 locations across the country — empowering students to maintain their regular lifestyles while pursuing their education.

Is University of Phoenix accredited?

University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. Notice is a Commission sanction indicating that an institution is pursuing a course of action that, if continued, could lead it to be out of compliance with one or more Criteria for Accreditation. An institution on Notice remains accredited. At the end of the Notice period, The Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees may remove the sanction, place the institution on Probation if the identified concerns have not been addressed, or take other action. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org.

Check into our accredited degree programs at phoenix.edu.

What types of degree programs are offered at University of Phoenix?

A wide range of degree programs, from associate to doctoral* level, are available. Students can choose from among these diverse areas of study:

  • Business and Management
  • Criminal Justice and Security
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Psychology and Social Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Technology

*This scholarship program can be used toward a retail-related undergraduate or master’s degree program at University of Phoenix in any number of disciplines, including but not limited to business, finance, security, technology, management and marketing.

Are all University of Phoenix programs available in every state?

While many of our degree programs are offered throughout the country, not all of our programs are available to residents of every state. You can use our handy degree finder tool to learn more about what programs are available in your area.

What types of resources are there for student support?

University of Phoenix is committed to student success.

We strive to provide exceptional support for students in all of our degree programs, starting by equipping each student with a team of experienced representatives. This team can assist you with the enrollment process, orientation, answering questions and more. Moreover, since our class sizes are traditionally small, individual instructors are able to respond quickly when students need extra class or assignment help.

We also strive to ensure maximum academic support by providing a variety of web-based tutorials and resources available on our student website. With online tools like the University Library, Center for Writing Excellence and Center for Mathematics Excellence, and a Career Placement Center, students can access the support they need to be academically successful.

How will the recipients and non-recipients be notified of the award?

All applicants will be notified by email on or soon after the award date whether they were selected or not.

Must I be a national spokesperson for the advancement of retail careers for the term of my scholarship if selected?

Yes. This includes but is not limited to being highlighted in special communications — e.g., newsletters, media campaigns and research studies. There are no fees associated with being the spokesperson, and there is no additional compensation to the scholarship recipients. Applicants must be eligible to agree and must agree to the Apollo Education Group Inc. Consent and Release Form.

I still have a few questions.

If you have additional questions not answered here, please email us at scholarships@phoenix.edu.

Scholarship information

The Dream BIG scholarship program has closed for 2014. If you’d like more information about the program, submit your details, and we’ll email you when new information is available.