Staff, parents and alumni of Boys & Girls Clubs receive opportunity to pursue career goals

ATLANTA and PHOENIX, March 18, 2014 – Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), in collaboration with partners like University of Phoenix, continues its dedication to academic success and providing college readiness programs for America's youth that will prepare them for great futures. Many adults also require such opportunities to pursue their career goals, and Boys & Girls Clubs staff, parents and alumni are getting that chance.

Thirty recipients nationwide have received full-tuition scholarships from BGCA and University of Phoenix to complete an undergraduate or master's degree. Selected from more than 160 Boys & Girls Clubs staff, parents and alumni applicants, these individuals are now a part of the 80 BGCA-affiliated recipients who have received scholarships to University of Phoenix over the past two years.

"We are pleased to once again have this wonderful opportunity for the alumni, parents and staff who remain dedicated to helping our young people achieve their educational goals," said Kimberly Boyd, National Vice President of Programs, Training & Youth Development Services at BGCA. "Through our relationship with University of Phoenix, these individuals will now have the chance to pursue their career goals and continue to be strong role models for our youth."

University of Phoenix is dedicated to providing a pathway for economic advancement for those who otherwise may not have one by addressing education and workforce needs in the communities it serves.

"It is exciting to once again recognize the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's scholarship recipients as they demonstrate the same dedication as University of Phoenix in strengthening our communities through education," said Pat Gottfried, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Apollo Education Group, parent company of University of Phoenix. "Their dedication to BGCA means they believe, like we do, that access to education and building the skills needed by today's employers creates a stronger workforce for tomorrow."

In addition to the scholarship program with University of Phoenix, BGCA partners with University of Phoenix Foundation to provide BE GREAT: Graduate, a dropout prevention program that uses early warning signs to identify youth at risk for dropping out, and increases their engagement at Clubs. Now in its third year, the partnership focuses on helping young people at 10 Boys & Girls Clubs around the nation develop the academic, behavioral and social skills needed to be successful.

For more information about University of Phoenix scholarship opportunities, visit For more information on Boys & Girls Clubs of America and their programs and impact on young lives across the country, visit

Apollo Education Group, parent company of University of Phoenix, is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen by serving communities and individuals across the country. Through its corporate social responsibility efforts, Apollo Education Group focuses on giving in the areas of education, workforce readiness and sustainability. To learn more about the impact of these efforts, please visit

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at and


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

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