PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--University of Phoenix and The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) We Care for America Foundation, the charitable arm of EANGUS, have awarded three full-tuition scholarships. Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to pursue either a bachelor’s or master’s degree program at University of Phoenix.
University of Phoenix EANGUS Scholarship recipients are:
- Allen Alfred, from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, will pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice. A former resident of Louisiana, Alfred witnessed the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. That experience renewed his commitment to making a difference in the community. Alfred aspires to effect change, through education, in the criminal justice system.
- Chloe Gunderson is a middle-school math teacher in Fargo, North Dakota, and serves in the Air National Guard. Gunderson has received several awards for her leadership including recognition for humanitarian missions she helped to organize. She enjoys working with students and plans to pursue a Master of Arts in Education/Curriculum and Instruction degree.
- James Howard of Cabot, Arkansas, is continuing his education to aid in the transition out of the military into the civilian workforce. The husband and father of four is a cancer survivor. He credits his journey with the disease in giving him a new dedication to his family and an appreciation of life. Howard will pursue a Master of Business Administration.
“The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States and University of Phoenix share the common values of dedication to improving our nation’s communities and providing educational resources to servicemen and women,” said EANGUS president John Harris, U.S. Air Force CMSgt. (Ret.). “Through these scholarships we are able to recognize EANGUS members and allow them to pursue their dreams of obtaining higher education. We are pleased to partner with an organization that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of our members.”
“Servicemen and women from all branches of the U.S. military are the backbone of our nation, and they should be rewarded with the opportunity to further their education and enhance their careers. This is especially true with the National Guard, whose members also hold full-time civilian jobs,” said Adam Such, University of Phoenix vice president of Military and Veterans Affairs and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.). “As a University, we are pleased to partner with EANGUS to provide scholarships as a way to recognize the dedication and sacrifices made by its members every day.”
According to a 2014 military demographics report,1 the highest level of education for 83 percent of enlisted U.S. Reserve and National Guard members is a high school diploma or some college. More than half of officers have a bachelor’s degree and 33 percent have an advanced degree. University of Phoenix and EANGUS understand the need to educate U.S. National Guard members to help them enhance their military and civilian careers and distinguish themselves in today’s competitive employment landscape.
EANGUS has teamed with University of Phoenix since 2011, awarding 26 scholarships to date, including full and partial tuition, to either current members or immediate family members of EANGUS. To be eligible for an EANGUS Scholarship at University of Phoenix, applicants must be actively affiliated with EANGUS through a membership or relative. Applicants submit three essays – one on how a University of Phoenix degree will help advance long-term educational goals, another on community service achievements, and a personal reflection of how an experience influenced professional development. Recipients are selected by a committee that reviews their essays.
For more information about each of these programs, including on-time completion rates, the median debt incurred by students who completed the program and other important information, please visit: http://www.phoenix.edu/programs/gainful-employment.html.
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The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) is the largest enlisted reserve component association, with over 48,000 members. Founded in 1970, EANGUS’ mission is to give a voice to enlisted National Guard men and women, their families, and retirees on Capitol Hill. EANGUS is headquartered in Alexandria, Va., with state associations or chapters in every state and territory. EANGUS WCFA is a 501(c)(3) organization and the charitable arm of EANGUS. Its emergency relief fund has approved more than 400 grants to enlisted personnel since 2005. For more information, visit www.eangus.org.
For more information about scholarships offered through EANGUS including scholarship requirements, please visit www.eangus.org/scholarship-information.
About University of Phoenix
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. .
1 Source: Military OneSource “2014 Demographics: Profile of the Military Community,” 2014, http://download.militaryonesource.mil/12038/MOS/Reports/2014-Demographics-Report.pdf