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D-backs School Challenge

Make Your Best Pitch!

$100,000 D-backs School ChallengeThe D-backs School Challenge application period has ended. Grants are scheduled to be announced by December 1, 2015.

The Arizona Diamondbacks and University of Phoenix are committed to helping Arizona educators provide the best possible learning experience for their students. We are inviting teachers and faculty to "Make Your Best Pitch" for a $5,000 grant for your classroom or school.

Grants will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Education Programs: Grants in this category will provide a unique opportunity that allows schools, teachers and students to fund projects and programs geared toward improving education outcomes for students.
  • Innovation and Technology: Grants in this category will be used to support innovative teaching strategies and/or technology that improve student performance.
  • Nutrition and Fitness: Grants in this category will create or enhance access to nutrition information/healthy eating habits or create programming that improves overall nutrition and fitness outcomes for students.
  • Campus Improvements: Grants in this category will address campus improvements that provide a safe and enhanced environment for learning, sports, outdoor play, and/or team activity. In addition, schools are encouraged to apply for grants that improve campus icons that are a source of brand identification or school pride.

The applications are read and scored by a panel of Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation employees and University of Phoenix employees. Each reader is asked to designate a score in the following categories for each application:

  • Need - Clear demonstration of financial need to sustain, create or support the program.
  • Educational Impact - The project/program will improve learning or learning environment for students.
  • Innovation - The project/idea is creative, innovative or adds relevant technology.
  • Sustainability - The project/program can be sustained after the initial grant is received.
  • Opportunity - Alignment with this project creates a unique opportunity for the University of Phoenix and/or the D-backs.

The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and University of Phoenix will select schools named in applications to each receive an estimated $5,000 grant. Please fill out the form below by 4:59 p.m. MST on September 30, 2015.