PHOENIX -- Since getting his degree from University of Phoenix several years ago, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has worked to encourage others to do the same.On Wednesday, Goldschmidt and University of Phoenix announced five Arizona residents as this year's "Teaming Up for Education" scholarship recipients."I believe access to higher
PHOENIX -- Since getting his degree from University of Phoenix several years ago, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has worked to encourage others to do the same.
On Wednesday, Goldschmidt and University of Phoenix announced five Arizona residents as this year's "Teaming Up for Education" scholarship recipients.
"I believe access to higher education generates the momentum needed to strengthen and change communities," Goldschmidt said. "As a proud alumnus, I am honored to be working with University of Phoenix in our shared commitment to giving back to Arizona."
The "Teaming Up for Education" scholarship is the result of a partnership between University of Phoenix and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. It has helped 27 Arizona residents realize their higher-education aspirations since its inception in 2011.
Goldschmidt earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from University of Phoenix in 2013, and over the past four years, he and his wife, Amy, have been involved with the scholarship program. The pair selected this year's scholarship recipients from a pool of 10 finalists selected by University of Phoenix staff and D-backs representatives.
Among other requirements to be considered for the "Teaming Up for Education" scholarship, applicants must reside in Arizona, not be enrolled or in the process of enrolling in a University of Phoenix program and meet the University's admission requirements.
This year's recipients include:
• Michael Hansen, a Payson detective hoping to earn a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice to enhance his leadership and mentoring skills with fellow police officers.
• Jenniffer Jarvis, a project manager from Phoenix interested in earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Management to better serve her community.
• Chandy Leverance, a Tucson case manager focused on completing a Master of Science in Public Administration to become a better advocate for the homeless and communities at risk.
• Amber Pagliaro, a Mesa resident looking to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration to help ensure wellness for those with financial burdens.
• Patricia Trickett, a U.S. Army veteran from Sierra Vista who wants to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology to support the military in a civilian role.
"Alumni like Paul Goldschmidt use their education not only to seek better opportunities for themselves and their families, but to contribute to their communities, ultimately impacting the lives of others," University of Phoenix president Peter Cohen said.
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.