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University of Phoenix Teams with AMVETS on Scholarship Program

Scholarship program provides military, veterans and their families with education opportunities this Memorial Day

PHOENIX, May 21, 2012 – University of Phoenix and AMVETS, a vocal advocate for veterans’ education, are awarding $350,000 through 50 scholarships worth $7,000 to active duty service members, veterans and eligible family members to pursue a degree from University of Phoenix. AMVETS has teamed with University of Phoenix since 2007, offering more than 225 scholarships to demonstrate the appreciation of the sacrifice service members, veterans and their families make for the country and to help service members and veterans transition from military to the civilian sector.

AMVETS National Commander Gary L. Fry lauded the continuation of the University of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarship program, and the opportunities it provides to active duty and transitioning service members and their families.

“During these challenging economic times, we must do all we can to ensure our American heroes can attain their educational goals and prepare themselves for the careers of tomorrow,” said Fry. “Together, the University of Phoenix and AMVETS are honoring our veterans’ service and sacrifice by enabling them to achieve the same American dream they have fought to secure for the rest of us.”

“As service members return from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we want them to be better prepared for career opportunities in the military and civilian sector,” said Associate Regional Vice President for University of Phoenix’s Military Division retired Army Col. Garland Williams. “The 2012 University of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarships provides America’s active duty service members, their families and veterans access to increase their professional skill sets through education in order to help them secure future employment opportunities.”

The Bureau of Labor statistics reports that the unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from September 2001 through today, a group referred to as the Gulf War-era II Veterans , was 12.1 percent.* The University and AMVETS understand the critical need for America’s active duty service members, veterans and their families to market themselves among job seekers in today’s competitive employment landscape. Therefore, the 2012 University of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarships provide these individuals with access to educational opportunities.

The University is proud of the military members, veterans and their families who earned their degrees from University of Phoenix while balancing frequent moves, rigorous training schedules and deployments. Currently, more than 50,000 active-duty service members, veterans and their families are enrolled in University of Phoenix associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs worldwide.

Applications for the 2012 University of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarship are being accepted May 22, 2012, through August 21, 2012, and scholarship recipients will be notified by Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012.

For more information on how to apply for the 2012 University of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarships can be found at http://www.phoenix.edu/tuition_and_financial_options/scholarships/amvetscholar.html

About AMVETS
A leader since 1944 in pre­serv­ing the free­doms secured by America’s armed forces, AMVETS pro­vides sup­port for vet­er­ans and the active mil­i­tary in procur­ing their earned enti­tle­ments, as well as com­mu­nity ser­vice and leg­isla­tive reform that enhances the qual­ity of life for this nation’s cit­i­zens and vet­er­ans alike. AMVETS is one of the largest congressionally-chartered vet­er­ans’ ser­vice orga­ni­za­tions in the United States, and includes mem­bers from each branch of the mil­i­tary, includ­ing the National Guard and Reserve. To learn more, visit www.amvets.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 can help students pursue personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As the flagship university of Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), 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.

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*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); “Employment Situation of Veterans Summary” –March 20, 2012; retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/news.release/vet.nr0.htm