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University of Phoenix Announces March of Dimes Partnership in Florida, Offers Four Full-Tuition Nursing Scholarships

ORLANDO, Fla., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- University of Phoenix has announced a partnership with the March of Dimes Florida Chapter, which will involve fundraising and volunteer efforts to support its March for Babies events on April 25. Additionally, the University is offering four full-tuition scholarships for students pursing either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master of Science in Nursing, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to provide access to nursing education opportunities and ensure the future of quality healthcare in Florida.


Jodie Ploessl, regional vice president of University of Phoenix's Southeast Region and board member for the March of Dimes Florida Chapter, was touched by the organization's mission to give every baby a healthy start. The March of Dimes funds research, helps every mom have a full-term pregnancy, and gives support and comfort to families.

"University of Phoenix is an integral part of the Florida community, and we are excited to partner with the March of Dimes organization as a way to help our local families in need," said Ploessl. "The babies in our community deserve a chance to be healthy and are the future students and leaders of tomorrow."

University of Phoenix has participated in the March for Babies event across the state for the past two years, and last year alone the four Florida campuses raised more than $31,000 to benefit the babies in the state.

"March of Dimes is proud of its partnership with University of Phoenix," says Debbie Dawson, state director of the March of Dimes Florida Chapter. "The University's commitment to our organization and the health of babies is evident through its past support, its present multi-market sponsorship, and by offering scholarships in the March of Dimes name to future nurses."

To download an application for the nursing scholarship offered in partnership with the March of Dimes Florida Chapter, log onto The deadline to submit scholarship applications is May 15, 2009. Recipients may attend class at one of its Florida campuses or online.

"Many of our staff members and students have benefited from the March of Dimes organization, and we are glad to support such a worthy cause," said Lynn Mulherin, state vice president for University of Phoenix - Florida.

University of Phoenix established a ground presence in Florida more than a decade ago. Since the opening of the first campus in Orlando, the University has expanded to include 16 locations statewide including its four main Florida campuses and affiliated learning and resource centers. With a variety of degree programs, University of Phoenix - Florida currently serves approximately 18,000 students, including those who are enrolled in on-campus, online, and Axia College programs. The state's four campuses include Central Florida, North Florida, South Florida and West Florida.

About March of Dimes Florida Chapter

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies. For the latest resources and information, visit or

About University of Phoenix

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 February 28, 2009, 397,700 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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