University of Phoenix Presents Three Scholarship Awards at the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley 27th Annual Ball

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#WeRise–University of Phoenix recently presented full-tuition scholarships to
three women during the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley 27th Annual
Ball. The recipients were selected for demonstrating the desire to help
improve their communities by advancing their education. This is the
second year University of Phoenix has partnered with the Hispanic
Foundation to award scholarships to further the education of Latino

“The Hispanic Foundation’s partnership with University of Phoenix is
important in our mission to promote educational achievement and increase
the number of Latinos working in business, technology and science
fields,” said Ron Gonzales, president and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation
of Silicon Valley. “The University’s commitment to this goal is evident
in providing scholarship opportunities to three working professional
Latinas to continue their education.”

University of Phoenix Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley Scholarship
recipients include:

Karina Deras is planning to pursue a Master of Business Administration
from University of Phoenix. She currently works in human resources and
is planning to expand on her experience in the field and learn human
resources strategies and best practices. She earned her bachelor’s
degree from San Jose State University. After graduating she co-founded
the San Jose State University Latino Alumni Network to create a
community of professionals to encourage each other’s professional and
personal growth.

Martha Leticia Perez will apply her scholarship from University of
Phoenix toward a Master of Business Administration with a concentration
in healthcare management. She is interested in increasing healthcare
awareness to non-English speaking residents through San Mateo County.
Her experience includes working with the elderly and disabled in
healthcare settings. She is also a volunteer for Health Insurance
Counseling and Advocacy Program working to help provide resources to
Medicare beneficiaries.

Maria Rodriguez spent 35 years working in corporate America and became a
top executive at one of the major Spanish television networks. Upon
retiring, she decided to pursue a second career to help address mental
health issues, especially among women. The scholarship she received from
University of Phoenix will allow her to earn a bachelor’s in psychology.

“University of Phoenix’s partnership with the Hispanic Foundation
demonstrates its commitment to diversity and cross-cultural outreach in
providing working adults the opportunity to enhance their careers and
pursue higher education,” said Angie Williams, Ed.D., dean of
multicultural affairs and diversity at University of Phoenix. “We
provided scholarships to three individuals who have distinguished
accomplishments and will be able to apply what they learn to enhance
their professional opportunities and contribute to the betterment of
their communities.”

Throughout its history, University of Phoenix has exceeded national
averages1 for minority access. Roughly 45 percent of
University of Phoenix students are people of color in addition to 34
percent of its instructors2 — accurately reflecting the
multicultural fabric of American society. Most of the University’s
students are working adults over 30 years old, and first-generation
college students comprised more than half of the student body in 2014.
Additionally, 76 percent of the University’s students are working,
including 57 percent women and 67 percent with dependents, which further
emphasizes the demand by “nontraditional” students to enhance their
career opportunities through flexible academic programs.

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on-time completion rates, the median debt incurred by students who
completed the program and more, visit

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults
move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world.
Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive
learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal
aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo
Education Group Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL),
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

About the Hispanic Foundation Ball

The Hispanic Foundation Ball, which was first held in 1990 to raise
awareness about issues affecting the Latino community, promotes
volunteerism, celebrates philanthropic leaders, and provides the funding
vehicle to support nonprofit organizations serving the Hispanic
community with cash grants. Over the course of its history, the event
has become a powerful tool for building and channeling community

The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley has a long history of
engagement with Silicon Valley’s Latino community and continues its
strong ties in developing the community’s capacity to lead. Through the
Hispanic Foundation Ball and other philanthropic programs, the
Foundation has invested over $3.5 million in charitable resources in the
success of Silicon Valley’s Latino community. For more information,

1 U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education
Sciences National Center for Education Statistics (2015).
Characteristics of Postsecondary Faculty:
University of Phoenix Annual Academic Report (2015):


University of Phoenix
Angela Heisel, 602-557-8650