Date ArticleType
6/21/2012 Press Release
NEW! Business Scholarships Available


Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and University of Phoenix launch two, new business scholarships

Media Contact: James E. Garcia, or 623-252-2772. Headshot of AZHCC President/CEO available upon request.

PHOENIX - Latino businesses and consumers are helping to transform Arizona’s economy. In recognition of the vibrant role of Hispanic entrepreneurs and business leaders in shaping the state’s future, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the University of Phoenix/Apollo Group, Inc. have partnered to create two new, full-tuition annual scholarships.

“We’ve joined forces with the University of Phoenix, one of the largest universities in North America, to help identify and train Arizona’s next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs because the future depends on our ability to produce an educated and committed workforce,” said Gonzalo de la Melena, president and CEO of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “This scholarship program is an investment in the economic foundation of Arizona’s future.”

Applications are now being accepted for the AZHCC Emerging Business Leader Scholarship and the AZHCC Small Business Enterprise Scholarship. Applicants are eligible to earn either an undergraduate or master’s degree. The scholarships cover full-tuition and fees, including course material (i.e. electronic textbook) that are needed for the scholarship recipient to complete a degree program at University of Phoenix. The deadline to apply is July 17, 2012. Admission to the University of Phoenix is year round.

To be eligible for the Emerging Business Leadership Scholarship, applicants must be employed by a “Los Amigos Corporate Member” of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber and be identified as having senior level management potential. To be eligible to apply for the AZHCC Small Business Enterprise Scholarship, applicants must be a small business “principle” owner and a member of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Scholarship applicants cannot be employees – or family members of employees – of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Apollo Group, Inc., University of Phoenix, Western International University, Institute for Professional Development or any other subsidiary of Apollo Group, Inc.

To apply for these scholarships, visit For more information, contact Susette Coumides at or 602-294-6082.

About AZHCC Scholarships:
The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce proudly operates four integrated scholarship programs through innovative partnerships that account for total combined awards of about $135,000 annually. Our goal is to invest in the future of the community by preparing aspiring business majors, professionals and small business owners for the challenges of the new Arizona economy. The Chamber’s scholarship program is designed to offer students opportunities at a variety of educational institutions from community college to graduate level programs. We are dedicated to building educational partnerships and opportunities within the business sector and Hispanic community.

About the 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