DOTHAN, Ala. (Nov. 8, 2012) – In honor of Veterans Day, University of Phoenix® and AMVETS today announced that Joyce Allman of Dothan, Ala., is a 2012 University of Phoenix AMVETS scholarship recipient.
University of Phoenix and AMVETS recognize and appreciate the personal sacrifices made by veterans, service members and their families and has awarded $350,000 through 50 $7,000 scholarships nationwide to veterans, active-duty service members and eligible family members to pursue a degree through University of Phoenix.
AMVETS has teamed with University of Phoenix since 2007, offering more than 225 scholarships to veterans, service members and their families to help students transition from military to the civilian sector.
Allman is the wife of Freddie R. Allman, a disabled veteran who served with the Third Battalion Fifth Marine Division, an infantry battalion in the U. S. Marine Corps. After dropping out of high school at age 16, she decided to go back to the classroom 40 years later to earn her diploma. Today, at 59 years young, Allman is proud to call herself a “college student” at University of Phoenix, where she will apply her AMVETS scholarship toward an associate’s degree in criminal justice.
“By obtaining my degree, I know I will accomplish something that I can be proud of, and so can my family,” explains Allman, who also notes, “I have matured since becoming a college student; I have better tolerance for those around me and I look forward to every day that I have class because I am learning something new.”
“During these challenging economic times, we must do all we can to ensure our American heroes can attain their educational goals and prepare themselves for the careers of tomorrow,” said AMVETS National Commander Gary L. Fry. “Together, the University of Phoenix and AMVETS are honoring our veterans’ service and sacrifice by enabling them to achieve the same American dream they have fought to secure for the rest of us.”
“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 veterans, America’s service members and their families 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 since September 2001, a group referred to as the Gulf War-era II Veterans, is 9.7 percent.* The University and AMVETS understand the critical need for veterans, service members 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 veterans, service members and their families who earned degrees from University of Phoenix while balancing frequent moves, rigorous training schedules and deployments. Currently, more than 60,000 active-duty service members, veterans and their families have graduated from University of Phoenix associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs worldwide.