Applications for the “Teaming Up For Education” scholarship program, an initiative co-sponsored by the University of Phoenix and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation since 2011, may be submitted through July 31 to the university.
The university is teaming up with Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to sponsor five full scholarships this year.
The scholarship initiative has brought a college education to 17 Arizona residents to date, seven of whom have received degrees. Goldschmidt, who attended the University of Phoenix, has participated in the venture for three years now.
“Education is one of the most important tools we have for strengthening a community,” Goldschmidt said. “As a proud alumnus, I am excited to be working with University of Phoenix in our shared passions of giving back to Arizona and making the benefits of higher education a reality.”
Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall commended Goldschmidt’s drive and support, noting that he worked hard as an undergraduate while playing “a record season” with the team.
“The D-backs believe that everyone should have the opportunity to receive an advanced education, and we are proud that Paul and (his wife) Amy have stepped up to the plate to ensure that five recipients will be able to continue their education with our partners at University of Phoenix,” Hall said.
The Goldschmidts are slated to present the five 2016 recipients with their awards at the D-backs game against the San Diego Padres on Sept. 30.
“Paul is a great example of the success of our alumni and the impact they make in their communities,”Timothy Slottow, president of University of Phoenix, said.