PHOENIX and ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- University of Phoenix® and ASIS Foundation announced the recipients of two full-tuition scholarships. The ASIS Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the security profession worldwide through research, education, and training. The University of Phoenix ASIS Foundation scholarship recipients have the opportunity to complete an undergraduate or master's degree program through University of Phoenix® College of Criminal Justice and Security.
The 2012 scholarship recipients are Wade Meadows Jr. of Claymont, Delaware, and Brett Smith of Victoria, British Columbia.
Meadows Jr., a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, will be pursuing a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration. With 20 years of military experience behind him and now a security manager, Meadows hopes his bachelor's degree will help him gain new skills that will build upon the experience he gained in the service.
"To me, safety and security are the most important issues in my community and the world around me," said Meadows Jr. "I recognize the global need for the protection of both people and assets."
Smith, a security professional with more than 14 years in the industry, hopes that after completion of a bachelor's degree in organizational security and management, he can help develop the industry as technology and security issues continue to evolve and change.
"I have chosen a profession where I feel I can affect positive change and be proud of the work I do," Smith said.
"Partnering with the ASIS Foundation to offer two full-tuition scholarships is an exciting opportunity for the College of Criminal Justice and Security," said James Ness, dean of University of Phoenix College of Criminal Justice and Security. "Like ASIS, we believe in the safety and security of our communities and it is our goal to provide access to education for our criminal justice and security leaders as they work to protect our community's infrastructure."
ASIS is committed to the success of security professionals and their overall growth in the field. The recipients were chosen by an ASIS panel which evaluated applications and essays submitted by scholarship candidates. Applicants were required to be a member of ASIS for two consecutive years for eligibility of this scholarship.
"The ASIS Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of the security management professionals worldwide," said John A. Petruzzi, Jr., CPP, CISM, president, ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees. "Through our partnership with University of Phoenix, we have the ability to offer our members a unique opportunity to achieve their academic goals and ultimately advance in the security field. We congratulate Mr. Meadows and Mr. Smith and wish them great success in their careers as security professionals."
Applications for the ASIS 2013 scholarships opened February 5, 2013, for ASIS members interested in furthering their educational goals. Those interested in applying can visit www.phoenix.edu/i-scholarships. To learn more about other University of Phoenix scholarships visit phoenix.edu/scholarships.
About the ASIS Foundation
The ASIS Foundation, a 501©(3) nonprofit organization, is the charitable education affiliate of ASIS International, the leading organization for security professionals worldwide. The Foundation advances the security profession globally by funding leading-edge research, education, and training. Awards and scholarships presented by the Foundation ensure those pursuing a security management career are able to realize their academic and professional goals. Support for the Foundation is achieved through financial contributions from individuals, chapters, and companies with an interest in the security industry. For more information on the ASIS Foundation, visit http://www.asisfoundation.org.
About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning can help students pursue personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit http://www.phoenix.edu.
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