PHOENIX, AZ - University of Phoenix alumni have the chance to nominate family members, friends, colleagues or community members for the University's Paying It Forward® Scholarship. The University encourages its 560,000 alumni to participate in the 2010 program that will award 30 individuals a full-tuition scholarship to pursue and complete an undergraduate degree. The application deadline is October 31, 2010.

The Paying It Forward® Scholarship was created in 2006 to celebrate the University's 30th anniversary and to provide continued access to higher education. Since that time, 120 Paying It Forward® Scholarships have been awarded.

Loren Erman is a recipient of the 2009 Paying It Forward® Scholarship. He was born with Kinesthetic, a disorder that involves fine-motor skill problems. He was also diagnosed with learning disabilities and ADHD in second grade. Despite these challenges, Loren persevered through his early school years and credits his caring and supportive teachers for his success. Now as an adult, Loren wants to pay forward the kindness he received as a child. Through the Paying It Forward® Scholarship, Loren is earning his teaching degree with a focus on special education.

University of Phoenix alumni (bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree graduates) may nominate someone for a Paying It Forward® Scholarship. Applications will be accepted online from September 15 through October 31, 2010. The 2010 recipients will be announced in January 2011. For more information or to submit a Paying It Forward application, please visit Paying It Forward® Scholarship recipients may select an undergraduate degree program of their choice and choose to complete their degree either online or at an on-ground campus.

Inspirational stories of past scholarship recipients are also available at Additional questions regarding the scholarship program can be addressed to

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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 May 31, 2010, 476,500 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.