University of Phoenix Announces Winners of the 2022 Enlisted Association of the United States National Guard Future Phoenix Scholarship

Recipients are National Guard members from across the country who will receive full scholarships

PHOENIX, June 30, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The University of Phoenix and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) We Care for America Foundation, the charitable arm of EANGUS, are proud to announce the 2022 winners full-tuition scholarships for a bachelor’s or master’s degree program for current National Guard enlisted members and their immediate family members. This year’s scholarship recipients are Kevin Brun, State Command Chief of the Nevada Air National Guard; Richard Ibah, Information Technology Specialist, New Mexico Air National Guard; and Duane VanDeVendel, SR Human Relations Specialist, South Dakota Air National Guard.

“As a university, we consider it an honor and a privilege to serve our affiliated military community. We firmly believe that our military students and veterans will take their place among the leaders who guide the world towards a better future,” says Eric Ryan, senior director of military operations at the University of Phoenix and a Marine Corps veteran. “These scholarships and the career-focused education they provide represent our investment in that future.”

Brun, who served in the Nevada Air National Guard for 14 years, plans to pursue a master of science degree in industrial and organizational psychology at the University of Phoenix, and shares that he will be the first in his family to complete a master’s degree. .

“This amazing opportunity allows me to fulfill my promise to make amends to the education system by being the kind of student they hoped I would be,” says Brun. “It also allows me to make a tangible difference in my military and civilian workplaces to facilitate the changes we need for the future. These skills are how we build and lead a truly inclusive and let’s celebrate the power of a diverse team.”

VanDeVendel served more than 23 years with the South Dakota Air National Guard and plans to pursue a master’s degree in management at the University of Phoenix. He states, “It is a distinct and humbling honor to receive the gift of education. I thank the University of Phoenix for their support and dedication to the military.”

EANGUS is the largest association of enlisted reserve elements with a mission to provide a voice for National Guard enlisted men and women, their families, and Capitol Hill retirees. The University of Phoenix and EANGUS have partnered since 2011, awarding dozens of scholarships to date, including full and partial tuition, to current or immediate family members of EANGUS.

“EANGUS is proud to continue its partnership with the University of Phoenix and we extend our congratulations to each of these awardees,” said Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Karen Craig, President of EANGUS. “We appreciate the University of Phoenix’s continued commitment to continuing the educational pursuits of National Guard enlisted men and women and their families.”

Ibah has served with the New Mexico National Guard since 2015 and plans to pursue a master of science degree in cybersecurity at the University of Phoenix. He shares, “I accept this selection with gratitude. I am grateful for the opportunities presented by the National Guard and by this country, and I will always continue to pay for it.”

The University of Phoenix is ​​a Certified Arizona Veteran Support Campus and remains connected to the military community, maintaining relationships with professional military associations to help support members of those associations and students at the University. of Phoenix.

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The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) is the largest enlisted reserve component association with over 48,000 members. Founded in 1970, EANGUS’ mission is to give voice to the enlisted men and women of the National Guard, their families, and Capitol Hill retirees. EANGUS is headquartered in Washington, DC, with state associations or chapters in every state and territory. EANGUS WCFA is a 501(c)(3) organization and the charitable arm of EANGUS. Its emergency relief fund has approved more than 3,000 grants to enlisted personnel or families since 2005. For more information visit

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