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El Cajon Volunteer Awarded Academic Scholarship

Serve It Forward® program awards eight collegiate scholarships to HandsOn Network volunteers

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Nov. 28 , 2011 - HandsOn Network volunteers have an unprecedented opportunity to complete an undergraduate or master’s degree program on full scholarship, thanks to an educational partnership between HandsOn Network and University of Phoenix.

The Serve It Forward® scholarship program awards full-tuition scholarships to empower individual volunteers to achieve their educational goals and career aspirations, including the further development of their leadership and service abilities. As part of an ongoing commitment to provide access to educational opportunities and help promote quality leaders in our communities, University of Phoenix in partnership with HandsOn Network presented these scholarships to volunteers to start and complete an undergraduate or master's degree program of their choice.

Jasmine Cirujeda Herman of El Cajon received the Serve It Forward® scholarship for her extensive volunteer work throughout San Diego. As a single mother, she has committed herself to volunteering for organizations that support single-parent families and K-12 education, such as Las Madres Parent Connection, Girl Scouts of America and Fletcher Hills Elementary School. Herman plans to pursue a master’s in business, and with the degree she hopes to start a nonprofit organization that would provide support services for single parents.

“For the last 16 years, I have had the opportunity to pursue my passion by supporting several tremendous organizations,” said Herman. “I am so grateful to University of Phoenix and HandsOn Network for this scholarship. The opportunity to pursue an advanced degree will allow me to take the next step toward achieving my goals of becoming a successful business leader, opening my own nonprofit organization and making a greater impact in the single-parent community.”  

The scholarships were open to volunteers and staff of HandsOn Network membership programs including HandsOn Action CentersBusiness Members, Nonprofit/Government MembersHandsOn Corps, and volunteers participating in the Get HandsOn Challenge. Applicants must have performed at least 36 hours of verifiable volunteer work in 2010 and must continue to do so during their scholarship years and meet all University of Phoenix admission requirements. 

The Serve It Forward® program provides scholarships covering full tuition and fees. Recipients may attend any University of Phoenix local campus or University of Phoenix online. The scholarships are part of the University’s commitment to help develop leaders in local communities.

About HandsOn Network

The volunteer-activation division of Points of Light Institute, Hands on Network includes 250 community action centers that deliver 30 million hours of volunteer service each year and extend to 16 countries around the world. These centers focus on helping people plug into volunteer opportunities in their local communities, partnering with more than 70,000 corporate, faith and nonprofit organizations to manage volunteer resources, and developing the leadership capacity of volunteers. Annually, the network delivers approximately 30 million hours of volunteer service valued at $626 million. For more information, please visit www.HandsOnNetwork.org.

About Points of Light Institute

Points of Light Institute inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. We connect people to their power to make a meaningful difference. We are organized to innovate, incubate and activate new ideas that help 21st century volunteers use all of their assets – their time, talent, voice and money – to meet the critical needs of our time. Points of Light Institute operates multiple divisions including: HandsOn Network, the largest volunteer network in the world with 250 local affiliates; generationOn, the global youth service division that ignites the power of kids to make their mark on the world; and AmeriCorps Alums, a network of more than 120,000 experienced volunteer leaders. For more information, visit www.PointsOfLight.org.

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning help students pursue personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit phoenix.edu.

Media Contacts:

Kelly Hinson, HandsOn Network

khinson@handsonnetwork.org

(404) 979-2911

Justin Dyke

jdyke@randlecommunications.com

916-448-5802

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