20 full-tuition scholarships, new manufacturing centered curriculum position manufacturing working learners for education and career advancement

Washington, D.C. (May 24, 2011)—The Manufacturing Institute, in partnership with University of Phoenix – the nation's largest private university – awarded twenty (20) qualified individuals with a full-tuition scholarship for an undergraduate or master's degree at University of Phoenix. Awarded to individuals currently employed by a manufacturer, The Manufacturing Institute Scholarship offered by University of Phoenix allows manufacturing working learners to pursue the education needed to advance their skills in the innovative 21st century manufacturing workplace.

"The Manufacturing Institute is proud to provide these exceptional manufacturing employees opportunities to further their education at University of Phoenix and directly impact their company's success and their career advancement goals," said Emily DeRocco, president, The Manufacturing Institute. "Manufacturers' ability to compete globally depends on an educated and skilled workforce. These individuals represent the workforce that will lead the innovation that is critical to our U.S. manufacturing base."

The scholarships are part of an educational alliance between the Institute and University of Phoenix to develop the next generation of highly educated and competitive manufacturing workers. Developed in concert with the Institute, University of Phoenix recently launched its Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Manufacturing, which aligns to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System.

"We know that manufacturing employers are seeking a more educated and skilled workforce and, in turn, employees are increasingly looking for opportunities to further their education," said Dr. Bill Pepicello, president, University of Phoenix. "These scholarships and our educational partnership with The Manufacturing Institute help meet those needs and further University of Phoenix's overall mission of providing a rigorous, relevant and real-world education for today's working learner."

Scholarship recipients come from diverse education and career backgrounds, ranging from transportation and logistics to information technology and welding. Endorsed by the leadership at their companies, the applicants submitted essays articulating how pursuing their degree would directly impact their careers in manufacturing. In addition, employer recommendations demonstrated how the applicants' educational advancement would help the companies improve their business operations.

The Manufacturing Institute and University of Phoenix would like to congratulate the following scholarship recipients:

  • Alicia L White, Longview, WA

  • Alvis Owen George, Asheboro, NC

  • Crystal Darlene Shellenbargerv, Longview, WA

  • David Anthony Harison, Middlefield, OH

  • David Dale Stephenson, Indianapolis, IN

  • Doreen Anne Everett, Satellite Beach, FL

  • Eric Joseph Pelak, Wyoming, MI

  • Garet D Wyatt, Beresford, SD

  • Geoffrey Dee Watson, Pearland, TX

  • Janet M McKenzie, Toledo, WA

  • Jorge Luis Lopez, Monroe, WA

  • Julie Hill, Mather, CA

  • Justin Stewart Babcock, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Kenneth Konecki, Wilton, CA

  • Kevin Christopher Cross, Centerville, OH

  • Mark A. Smith, Cocoa, FL

  • Patricia Lynn Ellis, Longview, WA

  • Tamara Wentz, Devils Lake, ND

  • Thomas Carl Wright, Titusville, FL

  • Timothy Edward Haydu, Mentor, OH

For more information on The Manufacturing Institute Scholarship, please visit www.phoenix.edu/mischolarship.

The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501 (c) 3 affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation's manufacturers. The Institute focuses on developing human capital strategies through education reform and workforce development, conducting applied research to provide critical information to public policy makers on challenges and opportunities for today's industry, and advancing the innovation capacity of manufacturers operating in a global market. Visit institute.nam.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. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.