WASHINGTON – Building on its extensive track record of support for American military veterans, University of Phoenix today announced the creation of the Severely Injured Veterans Scholarship program, in partnership with the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF).

Created specifically for service members in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. areas, the program will provide four full-tuition scholarships for severely injured service members/veterans and one full-tuition scholarship for the spouse or primary caregiver of a severely injured service member.

"Returning service members - especially those with combat injuries - often face a difficult road to recovery following their service," said Garland Williams, associate regional vice president for University of Phoenix's Military Division. "One of the greatest challenges for these individuals is simply readjusting to civilian life after prolonged and difficult deployments. With this scholarship, our hope is to help injured veterans rebuild their lives and make the transition from military service a bit easier."

To be considered for the scholarship, prospective students must meet the eligibility criteria listed in the application, then fill out and submit the application prior to August 7, 2010. Recipients will be determined by August 28, 2010.

About the Armed Forces Foundation

In 2001 the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) was established as a 501(c)3 organization under the U.S. Department of Defense's America Supports You program. AFF offers vital assistance to active-duty and retired personnel, National Guard, Reserve Components and military families as they cope with difficult circumstances. Through a multitude of programs the Armed Forces Foundation assists military families with utilities and rent; hotel and travel costs; holiday gifts for military children; and therapeutic recreational activities. The Armed Forces Foundation has been recognized by the President of the United States, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Education and the Department of Energy for its dedication to America's Service Members. For more information on our Foundation or to aid us in our mission please visit us at our website www.armedforcesfoundation.org.


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. During the quarter ending February 28, 2010, 458,600 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. More information can be found at www.phoenix.edu.