University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies Announces Doctoral Journey Scholarship Recipients

Five aspiring students receive full-tuition scholarships to fulfill their higher education dreams

PHOENIX--()--University of Phoenix® School of Advanced Studies awarded five full-tuition doctoral scholarships to deserving recipients looking to reach their advanced education goals. Through this new scholarship program, recipients have the opportunity to earn a doctoral degree in healthcare, business or education at University of Phoenix.

“This is the first year we have offered this scholarship, and the caliber of the recipients cannot be overstated,” said Hinrich Eylers, Ph.D., executive dean for the School of Advanced Studies at University of Phoenix. “The recipients of this year’s Doctoral Journey Scholarship have all chosen to pursue doctoral degrees in education, and we are humbled to have the opportunity to help prepare these students to make a difference in the communities in which they live and work. In fact, a key criterion for the selection was the potential impact the recipient would have on their community as a doctoral scholar.”

The Doctoral Journey Scholarship recipients are:

  • Rachel Browdy – A Missouri high school social studies teacher for the past decade, Browdy is passionate about education and inspiring young minds. She plans to pursue her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership/Curriculum and Instruction, and is interested in conducting research about student motivation in the classroom, best practices for retaining knowledge and tools to become a lifelong learner.
  • Fontella Calhoun – Calhoun is an assistant principal at an elementary school in Virginia and is dedicated to inspiring others to take ownership of their learning experience. She has more than 15 years of experience in the education field, serving in a variety of roles from general education, special education and administration. She plans to pursue her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, and aspires to become a superintendent and work closely with school and district leaders to inspire change and influence policy decisions.
  • Matthew Schumacher – Schumacher has served as the principal of a middle school in northern Arizona since 2015. He has held positions in the classroom and in administration since 2006, including as a history and government and economics teacher. He strongly believes local schools should be the centerpiece of their community, and, in pursuing his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, he hopes to expand his knowledge and experiences to broaden the scope of his impact in his community.
  • Priya Tahiliani – Tahiliani, who has spent the majority of her career in a classroom setting, currently works as the Executive Director of English Language Development Services in the Boston Public School system. In her role, she helps students receive required services and instructional strategies to position them for success in the classroom. It is her goal to work toward her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, and to leverage good teaching and learning practices to create welcoming, equitable educational experiences for all English Language Learners.
  • Kimberly Jill Vogel – Vogel serves as an Instructional Technology Resource teacher in Virginia. Prior to this role, she spent 14 years teaching high school English. Her goal is to pursue her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a specialization in educational technology. She hopes to promote continued excellence in education and positively impact rural and urban areas in the state.

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About the School of Advanced Studies

University of Phoenix® School of Advanced Studies is home to doctoral programs at University of Phoenix and develops leaders who create new models that explain, predict and improve organizational performance in their fields. The practitioner degrees offered through the School of Advanced Studies at University of Phoenix are designed around the Scholar, Practitioner, Leader™ Model, incorporating lifelong learning (scholarship), social and workplace contribution (practice), and the ability to exert positive influence (leadership). More information can be found at

About University of Phoenix

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Release Summary

Through this new scholarship program, five aspiring students will be awarded full-tuition scholarships and have the opportunity to earn their doctoral degrees in education at University of Phoenix


University of Phoenix
Alison Walsh, 602-557-8659