PHOENIX, AZ, December 23, 2008 — Apollo Education Group, Inc., employees chose three worthy charitable organizations to receive a total of $22,000 in donations during their recent holiday party on Dec. 12. Employees were given the opportunity to drop their vote into one of three containers designated for Valley charities, including the Arizona Humane Society, St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and the Phoenix Public Library.

When the night was over, through employees' votes, Apollo Education Group donated a total of $10,000 to the Arizona Humane Society, a nonprofit organization founded in 1957 whose mission is to end animal suffering in the community and improve the lives of animals through rescue, shelter and adoption programs. Employees also chose to donate $7,000 to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, a Phoenix-based food bank that serves 13 Arizona counties and last year distributed more than 60 million pounds of food to families in need. Another $5,000 went to the Phoenix Public Library to help the nonprofit organization develop and enhance educational resources at its Burton Barr Central Library and 14 other branches in the 110-year-old Phoenix Public Library system.

"Our employees really enjoy helping others throughout the year in the communities in which they live and work," said Nancy Hennigan, director of community relations, Apollo Education Group. "Having the opportunity to give such a significant amount to organizations they feel deeply about is very rewarding for them as individuals and equally gratifying to Apollo Education Group as a company that makes its home in the Phoenix area."�

University of Phoenix campuses throughout the country also donated their personal time, money and hearts to local charities in their respective communities. Tens of thousands of dollars were raised; and bundles of clothing, food, toys, bedding, books and other items were donated to help those in need, ranging from low-income school districts and women's and children's shelters, to injured military members and their families, community food banks and other non-profit charitable organizations.

About Apollo Education Group

Apollo Education Group, Inc. has been an education provider for more than 30 years, providing academic access and opportunity to students through its University of Phoenix, Institute for Professional Development, College for Financial Planning, Western International University, Insight Schools and Apollo Global. It also owns Aptimus, a provider of innovative digital media solutions. The Company's distinctive educational programs and services are provided at the high school, college and graduate levels at 259 locations in 40 states and the District of Columbia; Puerto Rico; British Columbia, Canada; Mexico and the Netherlands, as well as online, throughout the world. For more information about Apollo Education Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, call (800) 990-APOL or visit Apollo on the company Website at:


Wendy Paul