Goodwill and the University of Phoenix, a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL), announced a new scholarship program that awarded a scholarship to Chris Morris, of Wilmington, a team member of Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County. The full-tuition scholarship is effective immediately and is part of 10 scholarships being awarded to Goodwill team members across the country through a grant provided by University of Phoenix to Goodwill Industries International (GII). Chris will be able to pursue her MBA degree from University of Phoenix, helping to expand her skill sets and prepare her to further advance her career.
Scholarship recipients were selected based on criteria that required they be participants or graduates in one of GII’s many leadership development programs such as the executive development program and the senior leader program, among others. Chris is an April 2013 graduate of Goodwill’s Senior Leadership Program. She is currently the Senior Operations Manager at Goodwill of Delaware’s Recycling Center in New Castle, Delaware.
GII partnered with University of Phoenix to award team members who have demonstrated academic excellence and the potential of advancing their careers at 10 of GII’s 165 independent, community-based agencies across the United States and Canada. The team members who were awarded the scholarships include those working in or toward leadership roles at their respective Goodwill headquarters. University of Phoenix will continue to offer these scholarships each year through 2016, for a total of 30 full-tuition scholarships, as part of this new partnership with GII.
“The University of Phoenix and Goodwill are committed to assisting dedicated award recipients to fulfill their dreams and grow their career potential,” said Colleen Morrone, president and CEO of Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County. “As a growing organization, we strive to recruit motivated, talented people who are passionate about their work and our mission, and we invest in that talent. Chris Morris is a great example of a team member whose skills have grown tremendously in her seven years at Goodwill and in whom an investment of additional education can further grow her capabilities to assist the organization.”
“I am excited to receive this University of Phoenix full tuition scholarship,” said Chris Morris. “Goodwill’s investment in my career will enable me to fulfill my dream of getting my Master’s in Business Administration. With a concentration in project management, my studies will help me to advance professionally.”
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. As the flagship university of Apollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), 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 http://www.phoenix.edu.
For over 90 years, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County’s mission has been to improve the quality of life for people with barriers to self-sufficiency through the Power of Work. In 2013, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County provided nearly 45,000 services to individuals throughout the region and helped over 500 individuals connect to employment.