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University of Phoenix Alumni Have the Opportunity to Give the Gift of a College Education

2009 Paying It Forward Scholarship Deadline is October 16, 2009

PHOENIX, September 1, 2009
— University of Phoenix alumni have the chance to nominate family members, friends, colleagues or community members for the University’s Paying It Forward® scholarship. The University encourages its 475,000 alumni to participate in the 2009 program that will award 30 full-tuition scholarships for individuals to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree. The application deadline is October 16.

The Paying It Forward scholarship program was created in 2006 to celebrate the University’s 30th anniversary and to provide access to a quality higher education. Since that time, 90 Paying It Forward scholarships have been awarded.

Aryn McCoy has the honor of being the first Paying It Forward scholarship recipient to graduate. Alumna Dr. Charlene Dunfee, who received her Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership in 2004 nominated McCoy for the scholarship. “I have known Aryn since she was seven years old. I knew she would be the perfect recipient. I knew Aryn would use the education to reach her fullest potential,” comments Dunfee.

McCoy received her degree in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction in 2008 and hasn’t looked back. “The education I received at University of Phoenix was truly life-changing. I never could have afforded to continue my education, either financially or time-wise. I was honored when Charlene nominated me and I was selected for the scholarship.”

University of Phoenix alumni (bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree graduate) may nominate someone for a scholarship. To do so, an application form must be completed and turned in by the October 16 deadline. Thirty scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee comprised of University of Phoenix alumni.

Paying it Forward scholarship recipients may select the bachelor’s degree program of their choice and choose to complete their degree either online or at their local campus.

Applications will be accepted from September 1 through October 16,2009 (please note that applications can only be accepted by mail). The 2009 recipients will be announced by January 2010. For more information or to download a Paying It Forward application, please visit the Paying It Forward website. Inspirational stories of past scholarship recipients are also available on this site. Additional questions regarding the scholarship program can be addressed to scholarships@phoenix.edu.


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. During the quarter ending May 31, 2009, 420,700 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.


Manny Rivera,
University of Phoenix