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University of Phoenix awards two O.C. residents

Angelique Batsel and Emily Omondi have received scholarships to pursue master's degrees in education.

By Jenna SweeneyPublished: January 19, 2011 02:50 PM

Orange County residents Angelique Batsel and Emily Omondi have received full-tuition scholarships to pursue master's degree programs in education at the University of Phoenix. In total, the university – the largest of its kind in North America – awarded three scholarships nationwide through its Teach for the Future program.

"University of Phoenix knows that the teaching profession is changing,” said the institution's Western Region Territory Vice President LeeAnne Herbold. “Through the Teach for the Future Scholarship, University of Phoenix wants to contribute to tomorrow’s teachers by giving current and future teachers the opportunity to expand their education and become the educational leaders of tomorrow."

Batsel resides in Anaheim and plans to pursue a master's in early childhood education. She currently holds a bachelor's in psychology from UCLA and a Juris Doctor from Chapman University School of Law.

"Ultimately," said Batsel, "I envision creating a model charter school with an environment that recognizes the creative capacities of children and allows for an organic education.”

Omandi, who lives in Fullerton, plans to obtain a master's in teacher leadership. She has a bachelor's in liberal studies from Westmount College and holds six years of experience in a classroom setting.

"Every year a new group of students are entrusted into my care. It is absolutely imperative that I am as qualified as I can be," said Omondi. "Completing a master’s with University of Phoenix will allow me to learn and develop as a teacher, which will in turn positively impact my students.”

The University of Phoenix operates local campuses in Laguna Hills and Costa Mesa, among other Southern California locations, and online. The institution's Teach for the Future Scholarship program offers three full-tuition grants that help potential students complete an undergraduate or master's program in education at a University of Phoenix campus or online. The school will begin accepting applications for its next three scholarships in May, which will then be awarded in August.

"University of Phoenix Southern California Campus is proud to salute Angelique Batsel and Emily Omondi as recipients of this year’s University of Phoenix Teach for the Future Scholarship,” said Herbold.

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