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Apollo Education Group Recognized for Commitment to Community by Bloomberg LP and Points of Light

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 8, 2014-- Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL) was recognized today as one of America’s most community-minded companies in The Civic 50, an annual initiative that identifies and recognizes companies for their commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service, conducted the survey in partnership with Bloomberg LP. All companies with $1 billion in revenue or more are invited to apply for the Civic 50.

“Corporate civic engagement is on the rise and it’s being led by the forward-thinking businesses included on The Civic 50 list,” said Neil Bush, Chairman of Points of Light. “The correlation their efforts showcase between community engagement and employee retention, productivity and overall bottom-line benefits continues to prove that businesses that do good, do well. We congratulate this year’s Civic 50 and we hope that they continue to inspire greater investments in improving communities through corporate civic engagement.”

“It’s an honor for Apollo Education Group to be recognized among the Civic 50 again this year,” said Greg Cappelli, chief executive officer, Apollo Education Group, Inc. “Supporting our communities and a sustainable environment has always been important to who we are as a company. Giving back to the people and places where we work every day is an opportunity for each of us to live Apollo’s core values and share our passion for improving the world.”

As a responsible corporate partner, Apollo Education Group uses its strengths and unique assets to create opportunities that support access to education and promote career and workforce readiness. Apollo Education Group provides scholarship programs providing access to much-needed education opportunities as well as a strong employee, student and alumni volunteer force helping individuals become stronger learners and workers. The company also provides its community partners with in-kind donations and donations of technological resources, as well as consulting assistance to help further the goals and missions of their organizations.

Apollo Education Group subsidiary University of Phoenix and its partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is a perfect example of these efforts. The organizations, both believing that education is the foundation to strengthening families and communities, have joined together through a growing relationship to provide both children and parents the resources they need to build better futures through education. The University and BGCA have worked together to award 84 full-tuition scholarships over the past three years. In 2014, University of Phoenix staff in 37 communities have also helped to collect and donate more than 45,000 school supplies to help Boys & Girls Club children have the tools they need for a successful school year. Back-to-School nights were hosted at clubs in 25 locations to provide Club children information to support their future success, and workshops were held for a total audience of 2,900 Club staff and parents, and included topics on managing busy schedules, connecting with children and exploring college and career information.

“We are proud to be in our third year of partnering with Points of Light on The Civic 50 survey,” said Peter Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg L.P. “The data from this year’s Civic 50 survey offers valuable insights that decision makers can use to grow their businesses, transform their communities, and improve the lives of those they serve.”

The Civic 50 survey was developed this year under the guidance of an academic panel of nine experts from leading universities throughout the country. The survey evaluates companies based on several criteria including how extensively and strategically resources are applied to community engagement, how a community engagement program supports business interests and integrates into business functions. Other criteria include how a company supports community engagement through its institutional policies, systems, and incentives, and how a company measures the social and business impact of its community engagement program. True Impact, a company specializing in helping organizations maximize and measure their social and business value, administered the survey.

The Civic 50 was created in 2012 to measure corporate civic engagement and recognize companies that incorporate socially responsible practices and community leadership into their culture. A working group of leading researchers, industry thought leaders and corporate advisors provided strategic guidance on the program’s objectives, including defining indicators, developing methodology, and identifying partners and participants.

To view a complete list of The Civic 50 companies for 2014 and to learn more about the importance of civic engagement in corporate America, please visit www.Civic50.org.

Apollo Education Group, Inc.

Apollo Education Group, Inc. is one of the world’s largest private education providers and has been in the education business since 1973. Through its subsidiaries — Apollo Global, College for Financial Planning, University of Phoenix, and Western International UniversityApollo Education Group offers innovative and distinctive educational programs and services, online and on-campus, at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. Its educational programs and services are offered throughout the United States and in Europe, Australia, Latin America, Africa and Asia, as well as online throughout the world.

Source: Apollo Education Group, Inc.

Apollo Education Group
Christopher Fielder, 602-327-3070
christopher.fielder@apollo.edu