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AmVets, University of Phoenix, Provide $350,000 in Scholarships in Honor of Veterans Day

Fifty scholarships awarded nationwide to service members, veterans and their families

Nov. 11, 2012, Lanham, Md. In honor of Veterans Day, University of Phoenix® and AMVETS today announced the names of 50 service members, veterans and military family members nationwide who will receive $7,000 scholarships to pursue degrees at the University of Phoenix. These scholarships, totaling $350,000, are in addition to the more than 225 scholarships University of Phoenix and AMVETS have provided to the military and veteran community since 2007 in order to help veterans and their families pursue their educational goals and more easily transition from the military to the civilian sector.

AMVETS National Commander Cleve Geer praised the University of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarship program, and the opportunities it provides to active duty and transitioning service members and their families.

“Now more than ever, we must do all we can to enable our veterans to pursue their educational goals and prepare themselves for the careers of tomorrow,” said Geer. “Together with our exclusive education partner, University of Phoenix, AMVETS is honoring our veterans’ service and sacrifice by providing scholarships that will help to enrich the lives of these great Americans and their families.”

“As service members return from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we want them to be better prepared for career opportunities in the military and civilian sector,” said Associate Regional Vice President for University of Phoenix’s Military Division retired Army Col. Garland Williams. “The 2012 University of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarships provide America’s active duty service members, their families and veterans access to increase their professional skill sets through education in order to help them secure future employment opportunities.”

The Bureau of Labor statistics reports that the unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from September 2001 through March 2012, a group referred to as the Gulf War-era II Veterans , was 12.1 percent.* The University and AMVETS understand the critical need for America’s active duty service members, veterans and their families to market themselves among job seekers in today’s competitive employment landscape. Therefore, the 2012 University of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarships provide these individuals with access to educational opportunities.

The University is proud of the military members, veterans and their families who earned their degrees from University of Phoenix while balancing frequent moves, rigorous training schedules and deployments. Currently, more than 50,000 active-duty service members, veterans and their families graduated from University of Phoenix associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs worldwide.

To learn more about local degree offerings and special discounts offered to active duty service members, veterans and their families, please visit http://www.phoenix.edu/military.

To learn more about the University of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarship and other programs and services AMVETS provides to the veterans community, please visit http://www.amvets.org.

About AMVETS:   
A leader since 1944 in pre­serv­ing the free­doms secured by America’s armed forces, AMVETS pro­vides sup­port for vet­er­ans and the active mil­i­tary in procur­ing their earned enti­tle­ments, as well as com­mu­nity ser­vice and leg­isla­tive reform that enhances the qual­ity of life for this nation’s cit­i­zens and vet­er­ans alike. AMVETS is one of the largest congressionally-chartered vet­er­ans’ ser­vice orga­ni­za­tions in the United States, and includes mem­bers from each branch of the mil­i­tary, includ­ing the National Guard and Reserve. To learn more, visit www.amvets.org.

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning can help students pursue personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. 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 phoenix.edu.

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*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); “Employment Situation of Veterans Summary” –March 20, 2012; retrieved from

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/vet.nr0.htm

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