Frequently asked questions

What is the Teaching It Forward scholarship program?

The Teaching It Forward scholarship program is one of several programs established by University of Phoenix to increase access to education for promising students.

The program enables nationally recognized Teachers of the Year from each state, U.S. protectorate and the Department of Defense to nominate a deserving individual for a full-tuition scholarship toward a degree at University of Phoenix. You might consider a fellow teacher in need of an advanced degree, a staff member who never completed college, or any other individual you think would benefit from your gift of higher education.

What expenses are covered under this scholarship?

This scholarship program covers full tuition and fees toward the completion of a degree at University of Phoenix. Educational supplies and living expenses are not included.

What about living quarters/dormitories?

University of Phoenix does not have dormitories, so a change in one’s living situation is not required.

However, we work hard to put an education within reach of busy working adults. In addition to offering degree programs online, University of Phoenix has over 100 locations across the country — empowering students to maintain their regular lifestyles while pursuing their education.

What types of degree programs are offered at University of Phoenix?

A wide range of degree programs, from the associate to doctoral level, are available. Students can choose from among these diverse areas of study:

– Business and Management

– Criminal Justice and Security

– Education

– Health Administration

– Humanities

– Psychology and Social Sciences

– Nursing

– Technology

Are all University of Phoenix programs available in every state?

While many of our degree programs are offered throughout the country, not all of our programs, including our Education and Nursing programs, are available to residents of every state. Applicants can use our handy degree program finder tool to learn more about what programs are available in their area, or they can contact us at

What types of resources are there for student support?

University of Phoenix is committed to student success.

We strive to provide exceptional student support for students in all of our degree programs, starting by providing each student with a team of expert advisors — enrollment, academic and finance. This team can assist applicants with the enrollment process, orientation, answering questions and more. Moreover, since our class sizes are traditionally small, individual instructors are able to respond quickly to phone calls and email when students need extra class or assignment help.

We also strive to ensure maximum academic support by providing a variety of web-based tutorials and resources available on our student website. With online tools like the University Library, the Center for Writing Excellence and Center for Mathematics Excellence, and a Career Placement Center, students can access the support they need to be academically successful.

And regardless of whether students are pursuing their degrees online or at a nearby location, they have access to all resources available at their local campus.

As my state’s Teacher of the Year, will my nomination be the only criteria my scholarship nominee needs to meet to be granted the scholarship?

Yes, as long as the scholarship nominee also meets University of Phoenix admissions requirements and accepts the terms and conditions of the scholarship.

Most importantly, please note that applicants must not be currently enrolled nor in the process of enrolling at any University of Phoenix campus or in any online program at any time prior to the scholarship award date. Applicants who enroll after submitting an application or before the scholarship award date are not eligible to be a recipient of this scholarship.

What is the next step after I select a nominee for this scholarship?

Each Teacher of the Year and their scholarship nominee must complete the scholarship application available online or within this packet. Each is also required to submit three short, essay-style paragraphs answering a few questions found within the application.

Once the application has been completed, please mail, fax or email it to:


Tammie Yong

Director of Scholarships

University of Phoenix

4025 S. Riverpoint Pkwy.


Phoenix, AZ 85040

Fax: 602.383.2922 | Email:


What happens after I send my nomination form to University of Phoenix?

The director of scholarships will verify that all of the paperwork has been completed and that the nominee is eligible (e.g., not currently enrolled or in the process of enrolling). The director will send you an email confirmation acknowledging the packet has been received and to confirm the award. The scholarships office may email or call you with additional questions.

What is the awarding process?

Once your nominee has been confirmed as eligible to receive this scholarship, he or she will be sent a conditional award letter. This means that the nominee has been awarded the scholarship, pending completion of all admissions paperwork (usually within 30 days of award; see terms and conditions), and meets all University of Phoenix admissions requirements for the chosen degree program and campus. A recipient enrolling in an undergraduate degree also may be required to complete the University Orientation Workshop (UNIV) as part of the admissions process.

To ensure the award process is effortless for you, our Scholarship Graduation Team will work with your scholarship nominee to complete the enrollment process. It is important that our dedicated scholarship team assist your nominee. If the prospective student is not contacted directly by a Scholarship Enrollment Advisor, he or she may call the advisor indicated on his or her conditional award letter.

Scholarship recipients will be officially awarded the scholarship once all necessary admissions paperwork is completed and recipient is admitted into the University. To indicate an official award, President Bill Pepicello will send a congratulatory letter indicating their successful nomination for the Teaching it Forward scholarship, and welcoming them to school.

Who will work with my scholarship nominee once he or she is awarded this scholarship?

The University’s Scholarship Graduation Team specifically works with Teaching it Forward scholarship recipients.

This team is dedicated to providing your nominee with enrollment, academic and finance assistance as her or she progresses through one of our degree programs. Members of the team will be in regular contact with your scholarship nominee to assist with admissions and scheduling classes. They also help guide your scholarship recipient throughout his or her degree program, and are available to answer any questions the recipient may have.

Will University of Phoenix provide public relations support for the Teaching It Forward scholarship in my local community?

Yes. Once your scholarship nominee has officially received a scholarship award, the director of scholarships will connect you via email to the appropriate University of Phoenix public relations staff member. Together, we will work with you to prepare a press release you can distribute in your local area acknowledging your Teacher of the Year honor and your role in awarding the full scholarship.