March of Dimes continues to battle nursing shortages

PHOENIX, AZ, May 19, 2009 — University of Phoenix and the March of Dimes are proud to announce the recipients of the University of Phoenix Nursing Scholarship. The 2009 awardees are Marie Nicole Hibbitt of Tolleson and Virginia Ann Orcutt of Peoria.

In an on-going effort to provide access to nursing education opportunities and ensure the future of quality healthcare in Arizona, University of Phoenix partnered with the March of Dimes to draw attention to the shortage of nurses, in this state and around the country. Two scholarships have been awarded for the degrees of LPN to BSN or MSN/Ed. Each scholarship includes full-tuition and fees for each program.

"University of Phoenix is proud to partner with the March of Dimes," said Charlotte Saylors, Vice President of Strategic Development of Healthcare for University of Phoenix. "Nursing is a critical job and we are proud to have committed students joining the workforce in areas where they are needed across the country."

"When I think of my future in nursing, I am excited, enthusiastic and expecting great things," said scholarship recipient Nicole Hibbit. "I can clearly see myself working along side other nurses to make a difference in the quality of people's lives and healthcare."

"I look forward to working alongside high school students and teaching them about healthcare and nursing," said scholarship recipient Virginia Orcutt. "I consider myself an older nurse"�It is my desire to stay current in my nursing practice and mentor those who are new."

"We are so thankful to have University of Phoenix as a committed partner," said Diane Zipley, March of Dimes Program Director. "Their passion for nursing and the community will shine through these scholarship recipients."

Scholarship recipients will receive their award at the Annual March of Dimes Arizona Nurses of the Year Awards taking place in Scottsdale on August 29. For more information about the recipients or this event, please call Clare Marren at 602-287-9936 or visit


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 February 28, 2009, 397,700 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associates, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.


The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects.


Wendy Paul