Five full-tuition scholarships encourage higher education for information systems and technology professionals

(ISC)² Security Congress, CHICAGO, Sept. 25, 2013 —University of Phoenix, a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group (NASDAQ: APOL), today joins the (ISC)² Foundation to announce the first recipients of the 2013 University of Phoenix/(ISC)² Scholarship. (ISC)² is a global leader in educating and certifying information security professionals throughout their careers. The (ISC)² Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust that aims to empower students, teachers and the general public to secure their online life by supporting cyber security education and awareness in the community through its programs and the efforts of (ISC)² members. 

Both (ISC)² and University of Phoenix are working to advance the skills of information technology and security professionals to combat the acute skills gap within the industry.  The alliance also ensures coursework within University of Phoenix® College of Information Systems and Technology programs reflect up-to-date industry standards. Together, (ISC)² and University of Phoenix actively work to prepare students to meet the needs of today's demanding, technology-based workplace. 

Through this program, five full-tuition scholarships have been awarded to newly enrolled University of Phoenix students. Each scholarship will allow a student the opportunity to complete an undergraduate or master's degree program within the University of Phoenix School of Information Systems and Technology.

The 2013 University of Phoenix/(ISC)² Scholarship recipients include:

  • Amelia Gowa, Cyberjaya, Malaysia; master's degree in information systems
  • Sherry Lemmon, Phoenix, Arizona; bachelor's degree in information systems
  • Paul Pierre, Liberty Township, Ohio; master's degree in information systems
  • Heather Russio, Pleasant Hill, California; bachelor's degree in information technology
  • Jason Wilson, Jacksonville, Florida; master's degree in information systems

"At (ISC)² we are committed to the information security sector and work to inspire the next generation of leadership in this burgeoning industry," said Julie Peeler, director, (ISC)² Foundation.  "Information security professionals are crucial to our economy, ensuring the development of a safe and secure cyber world – something that affects nearly every individual and business worldwide."

"University of Phoenix is pleased to align with (ISC)², a globally renowned leader in the information security field," said Tim Welsh, senior vice president, National Industry Strategy Group at University of Phoenix.  "We believe in the importance of continuing education and partnering with industry leaders to develop a curriculum that meets the needs of today's information economy."

University of Phoenix/(ISC)² Scholarships demonstrates our corporate social responsibility to provide access to education opportunities. To learn more about University of Phoenix scholarships, please visit

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ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX® College of Information Systems and Technology

University of Phoenix® College of Information Systems and Technology is a leader and advocate for the development and advancement of IT in global business operations. The College offers associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Its Faculty Advisory Council, composed of experts and leaders in the field, ensures curriculum is on pace with national and international market demands. Providing innovative digital learning tools developed to suit all learning styles, the College focuses on building technical knowledge and its successful application to real-world business environments. For more information, visit


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), 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