Eight industry professionals to pursue bachelor's and master's degrees at University of Phoenix

PHOENIX, Az and ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 25, 2014 — University of Phoenix and ASIS Foundation today announced eight security industry professionals have been given the opportunity to further their educational goals with full-tuition scholarships to University of Phoenix. The ASIS Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the security profession worldwide through research, education and training. The University of Phoenix ASIS Foundation Scholarship recipients now have the opportunity to pursue undergraduate or master's degrees as they seek to improve their skills and advance in their careers.

"The ASIS Foundation is dedicated to helping security management professionals worldwide pursue excellence in their careers," said Linda Florence, Ph.D., CPP, president, ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees. "Our collaboration with University of Phoenix has allowed us to offer security professionals unique opportunities to achieve their academic goals and ultimately advance in their fields. The scholarship recipients' backgrounds reflect the diverse opportunities that exist in security fields, and we look forward to continuing to cultivate talent in this high-growth industry."

Scholarship applicants were required to be either working within the security field or aspiring toward a career in a security-related area. Scholarship recipients were selected by a panel of ASIS members and staff and are currently slated to pursue degree programs within the University's College of Criminal Justice and Security or other program areas providing skillsets directly related to their security careers.

This year's recipients are:

  • Paige Bostwick of Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Pablo Colombres of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Wanda  Lothrop of Oceanside, California
  • William McClelland of Owings Mills, Maryland
  • William Powers III of Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • Nicholas Santillo, Jr. of Sicklerville, New Jersey
  • Brett Skates of Omaha, Nebraska
  • Eric Sousa of Wolcott, Connecticut

"Security is a critical function in every aspect of the global economy, creating significant demand for educated, knowledgeable security professionals," said James "Spider" Marks, executive dean of University of Phoenix College of Criminal Justice and Security. "University of Phoenix and the ASIS Foundation are collaborating to address security industry skills gaps and to help attract and grow exceptional talent in the field. The University and ASIS understand that education is a vital step in preparing tomorrow's security leaders as they work to protect the infrastructure of our businesses and communities."

The University of Phoenix ASIS Foundation Scholarship demonstrates corporate social responsibility by providing access to education opportunities. To learn more about the ASIS Foundation Scholarship, and other scholarship opportunities, visit phoenix.edu/scholarships. For complete scholarship eligibility requirements, terms and conditions, please click here.

For more information about University of Phoenix and ASIS Foundation programs, visit www.phoenix.edu or www.asisfoundation.org.

About the ASIS Foundation

The ASIS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the charitable education affiliate of ASIS International, the leading organization for security professionals worldwide. The Foundation advances the security profession globally by funding leading-edge research, education, and training. Awards and scholarships presented by the Foundation ensure those pursuing a security management career are able to realize their academic and professional goals. Support for the Foundation is achieved through financial contributions from individuals, chapters, and companies with an interest in the security industry. For more information on the ASIS Foundation, visit http://www.asisfoundation.org.

About ASIS International

ASIS International is the leading organization for security professionals, with more than 38,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities, and the public. By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry's No. 1 magazine—Security Management—ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.


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., 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.