Green Capital Alliance Scholarship awarded to two California residents

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 1, 2011 – University of Phoenix, the nation's largest private university, today announced that it has partnered with Green Capital Alliance (GCA) to award two full-tuition scholarships to be used in pursuit of the University's Bachelor of Science in Business degree with a Sustainable Enterprise Management concentration, or the Master of Business Administration degree with an Energy Management concentration. The recipients of the Green Capital Alliance Scholarships are Steven Reynolds of West Sacramento and Ryan Grohs of El Dorado Hills.

Steven Reynolds will be enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Business degree with the Sustainable Enterprise Management concentration. The Sustainable Enterprise Management concentration will prepare students for management careers based on sustainable business practices. The program emphasizes the development of skills in operating standards, enterprise planning, social responsibility and sustainable management techniques.

Reynolds works at Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) as an office technician where he provides support to the Financial Services Department, and works with residential customer energy efficient loans. Reynolds learned at an early age the importance of preserving the environment, and committed his undergraduate education and career to the renewable energy sector. He has lived in the greater Sacramento area for more than 10 years, and is married with two children.

"It is truly an honor to receive this scholarship," said Reynolds. "Earning this degree will enable me to gain the knowledge and skills to grow with SMUD, and further our efforts to promote renewable technologies for our customers."

Ryan Grohs will be enrolling in the Master of Business Administration degree with an Energy Management concentration. Students completing the Energy Management concentration will develop the managerial skills emphasized within the MBA required-course-of-study in the context of the challenges faced by the energy sector. Students will understand the conceptual framework and knowledge to become leaders in the complex and diverse energy sector.

Grohs, a Sales Representative for FedEx, learned about the scholarship from his wife who encouraged him to apply. Grohs has always had an interest in the environment and corresponding green technology, but without a degree focusing on energy management was limited professionally. He is confident that with an MBA he will have the potential to grow with FedEx.

"I have always wanted to go back to school, and when I learned about this opportunity through University of Phoenix, I knew it was the right time to pursue my goal," said Grohs. "Sacramento has the opportunity to be one of the greenest cities in the nation, and I am excited not only to be a part of that movement, but to be in an industry that effects positive change."

"An educated world is a better world," said Dean Bill Berry, University of Phoenix School of Business. "That's why we have partnered with Green Capital Alliance on this scholarship program. They are one of the organizations leading California and this nation in the direction of Green and Sustainable practices. Investing in the education of Green professionals benefits everyone's future."

University of Phoenix's Green Capital Alliance Scholarship encompasses two full-tuition scholarships. Recipients may choose to attend any of University of Phoenix's more than 100 locations nationwide or attend online.

Green Capital Alliance's focus areas include: Clean Technology Research, Workforce Development, Business Development, Entrepreneur and Startup Support, Regional Sustainability, State & Federal Advocacy and Tracking Progress. Through the partnership between Green Capital Alliance and University of Phoenix, recipients will have access to a network of professionals committed to promoting sustainability and growing the region's clean technology industry.

The scholarship was available to residents of Green Capital Alliance's six county service areas: El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties.

"We are thrilled to partner with University of Phoenix to support their sustainability related degree programs," said Suzanne Mayes, project manger, Green Capital Alliance. "This investment is another asset in the Sacramento region that will position us to be a leader in clean technology and sustainability."

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About Green Capital Alliance

The Green Capital Alliance is a partnership of businesses, local governments, economic and workforce development organizations, education and research institutions, utilities and others that are committed to sustainability and growing the region's clean technology industry cluster. More than 30 organizations participate on the Steering Committee and more than 800 regional leaders track the GCA's progress through its electronic newsletter. Visit to learn more.

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