University of Phoenix Alumni Have the Opportunity to Give the Gift of a College Education

Phoenix, September 27, 2011 – University of Phoenix alumni have the chance to nominate family members, friends, colleagues or community members for the University's Paying It Forward® scholarship.

"I strongly encourage our 660,000 alumni to participate in the 2011 program that will award 30 individuals with the opportunity to pursue and complete an undergraduate degree," says Nikki Sandoval, executive director of the University of Phoenix® Alumni Association. "The application deadline is October 27."

University of Phoenix alumni (bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree graduate) may nominate someone for a scholarship. To do so, an online application form must be completed and submitted by the October 27 deadline. Thirty scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee comprised of University of Phoenix alumni.

Paying it Forward® scholarship recipients may select the undergraduate degree program of their choice and choose to complete their degree either online or at their local campus.

Applications will be accepted online now through October 27, 2011. The 2011 recipients will be announced by January 2012. For more information or to submit a Paying It Forward® scholarship application, please visit the Paying It Forward website. Inspirational stories of past scholarship recipients are also available on this site. Additional questions regarding the scholarship program can be addressed to

The Paying It Forward® scholarship program 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.


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