First Sergeant Moses Jackson to Receive Inaugural Scott Palomino Scholarship on June 12, 2009

EL PASO , June 10, 2009 — The University of Phoenix El Paso campus will present the inaugural Scott Palomino Scholarship to First Sergeant Moses Jackson at 8am on Friday, June 12th, at the Warrior Transition Battalion Building (2444 Cassidy Road, Fort Bliss, TX). The Scott Palomino Scholarship is directed toward new University of Phoenix El Paso students who have served in the United States armed forces and have regrettably suffered a critical injury while serving. Named for Scott Palomino, retired veteran of the US Air Force and Purple Heart Recipient, the scholarship will cover all tuition and fees for an entire Undergraduate or Graduate program and can be applied towards classes taken at the University of Phoenix El Paso campus or online.

Having joined the United States Army at the age of 20 in October 1985, First Sergeant Jackson will be applying the scholarship towards an undergraduate degree from the University of Phoenix. Jackson stated in his scholarship application essay, "Among my many blessings, after receiving so many injuries and related medical issues throughout my military career, is that I am still able to stand. But the real blessing is to have been afforded this opportunity to continue the educational path in which I have been on so many times, through my present military assignment."

"As an institution dedicated to providing higher education opportunities to deserving individuals, we could not be prouder to welcome First Sergeant Jackson to the University of Phoenix. We look forward to assisting him on his educational path and to witnessing the many more accomplishments he no doubt will achieve as a result of this new chapter in his life," remarked Barbara Janowski, Campus Director, University of Phoenix El Paso/Santa Teresa Learning Centers.

Media are invited to attend the scholarship presentation ceremony. Interview opportunities will be available on-site during the ceremony and in the days following the scholarship presentation. All media requests can be made to Cori Plotkin at 303.887.4298 or

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Cori Plotkin