PHOENIX, July 9, 2008 — The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and University of Phoenix have partnered to award 25 scholarships annually to exceptional members of the Hispanic community who have demonstrated a commitment to their local communities through leadership, volunteerism and/or professional development opportunities.

The annual program will empower 25 individuals to complete a degree program, of their choice, through University of Phoenix. The recipients will receive full-tuition scholarships to attend University of Phoenix and achieve their higher-education goals.

The goal of the program is to provide individuals who may not otherwise have the means of attending a university with the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of an education. Dr. William Pepicello, President of University of Phoenix commented, "Access to higher education through University of Phoenix is critically important to underrepresented populations, who are increasing among high school graduates yet are historically under-served by traditional four-year colleges and universities."

"At University of Phoenix," he said, "we are proud of our tradition of providing access and opportunity to higher education. Through scholarship opportunities, such as this program with LULAC, we are able to reach individuals who do not have the financial resources to pursue a college degree and help them achieve a goal that can change their lives."

"We are thrilled to be partnering with University of Phoenix to provide additional educational opportunities within our communities," shared John David Arnold PhD., National LULAC Education Chair. "These scholarships will further augment LULAC's education efforts, including our National Educational Service Centers, which serve 18,000 students, and the SER Jobs for Progress program. (SER stands for Service, Employment, and Redevelopment.)

Scholarship applications must be submitted by July 15, 2008. Recipients of the scholarships will be notified the following month. Copies of the scholarship application are available on

University of Phoenix


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. As of August 31, 2008, 362,100 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.


LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic Organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide. The organization involves and serves all Hispanic nationality groups.


Tania Marquez