-  PHOENIX, October 5, 2010 - Now more than ever, U.S. manufacturers need a highly educated and competitive workforce. To meet this goal and help workers succeed, The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) and University of Phoenix (UOPX) will offer individuals currently working in manufacturing the opportunity to complete an undergraduate or master's degree program on a full-tuition scholarship.
The University of Phoenix Manufacturing Institute Scholarship program will provide full-tuition scholarships, covering tuition and fees at any UOPX campus or online, to 20 qualified individuals currently employed by a manufacturer in the United States.
The scholarships are part of a new educational alliance between the Institute and UOPX to develop the next generation of highly educated and competitive manufacturing workers. Aligned with the National Association of Manufacturers – Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System, the Alliance supports post-secondary education that better meets the needs of employers and helps working learners integrate their professional development with educational attainment.
The competitive scholarships are open to manufacturing employees across the country with priority consideration given to applicants who reside in California, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas or Washington. Applicants must provide letters of reference from their employer and a business case for how their future degree will support their professional growth within manufacturing and the competitiveness of their workplace. Additionally, applicants must meet all UOPX admission requirements. The program is not open to students currently enrolled or in the process of enrolling at any UOPX campus or online prior to the scholarship award date.
Applicants can download scholarship applications by visiting www.phoenix.edu/mischolarship beginning October 5, 2010. A complete application must be received on or before Monday, January 31, 2011. Applicants will be notified by Tuesday, March 15, 2011, regarding the status of the scholarship.
For additional information about the University of Phoenix? Manufacturing Institute Scholarship, please contact institutescholar@nam.org  or University of Phoenix Scholarships at scholarships@phoenix.edu.
The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501 (c) 3 affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers.  As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation's manufacturers.  The Institute focuses on developing human capital strategies through education reform and workforce development, conducting applied research to provide critical information to public policy makers on challenges and opportunities for today's industry, and advancing the innovation capacity of manufacturers operating in a global market. Visit institute.nam.org.
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. As of May 31, 2010, 476,500 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.

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