University of Phoenix, LULAC, Partner to Promote Education within Hispanic Communities

25 Scholarships to be Awarded This Summer 2009

For more information contact:
Lizette Jenness Olmos, LULAC, 202-365-4553

PHOENIX , AZ – The League of United Latin American Citizens and University of Phoenix have partnered to award 25 scholarships to exceptional members of our community who have demonstrated a commitment to their local communities through leadership, volunteerism and/or professional development opportunities.

This program will empower 25 individuals to complete an undergraduate or masters degree program, of their choice, through University of Phoenix. The recipients will receive full-tuition scholarships to attend University of Phoenix and achieve their higher-education goals.

Launched in May of 2008, the goal of the program is to provide individuals who may not otherwise have the means of attending a higher education institution with the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of an education. In fact, access to higher education through University of Phoenix is critically important to members of minority groups, who are increasingly represented among high school graduates yet are historically under-served by traditional four-year colleges and universities. The first year was a great success as we had over 150 respondents. At least one applicant from each LULAC region was awarded a scholarship.

“Through our partnership with LULAC, we are seeking to reach individuals who are looking to improve their lives, but do not have the financial means or do not know the educational options available to them,” said Dr. Bill Pepicello, president of University of Phoenix. “For more than 30 years, we have been helping people improve their lives through education. LULAC is a perfect partner to fulfill our mission – having been committed to providing educational opportunities for Hispanic youth, men and women, since their founding in 1929.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering again this year with the University of Phoenix in order to bring opportunities for education to our communities,” said LULAC National President Rosa Rosales. “University of Phoenix’s mission to provide accessibility to higher education has made it one of the largest single university systems serving our community, with almost 40,000 Hispanic students enrolled in their degree programs.”

Scholarship applications must be submitted by August 21, 2009. Recipients of the scholarships will be notified by the University of Phoenix in September 2009.

University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. During the quarter ending May 31, 2009, 420,700 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associates, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.


LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic Organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide. The organization involves and serves all Hispanic nationality groups.


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