Paying it Forward - 2008 Profiles

Linda Ellis

Alumna - Dixon, California

As a dental assistant, Linda Ellis still had an insatiable appetite to finish college and secure a job that she felt passionate about. Her transformation from dental assistant to business manager all began with her educational experiences at University of Phoenix. Earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration only fueled Linda’s devotion to a higher education and soon thereafter she received her master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. She entered the world of corporate business with beaming confidence and instantly scored a job with Intel Corporation as a customer business analyst and was unsurprisingly hired as a business manager right before finishing her master’s degree. A large part of Linda’s professional growth at Intel is due to her mentor, Kimberly, a 15-year veteran at Intel. While at the gym, a tearful Linda greeted Kimberly with the good news that she was able to offer a life-changing experience to someone deserving through this scholarship.

Kimberly Miller


Recipient - Roseville, California

With 5 daughters and a husband, Kimberly Miller got caught up taking care of everyone else except herself. Kimberly always had the desire to pursue a higher education, but her status as a time-consumed working mother kept her from achieving one. Through this scholarship, Kimberly plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications. She hopes to serve as an example to her children that they can do anything they set their mind to, regardless of their age or situation. Graduating with a degree from University of Phoenix will fill Kimberly with a sense of accomplishment, confidence, and success while opening doors to new opportunities within the business community. As a customer business analyst at Intel Corporation, Kimberly is ready to sail through those doors of opportunity and make a positive impact on her life and others.

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