Earlier this year, University of Phoenix and CMT One Country, the pro-social initiative for cable network CMT, joined forces to reward one deserving volunteer with a full scholarship to University of Phoenix. This week, in a spot that aired on CMT during the CMT Top 20 Countdown, it was announced that Alex Vanderheide, from Hays, North Carolina, will receive the scholarship.
Through on-air messaging beginning last April, CMT encouraged individuals to nominate dedicated community
volunteers for the scholarship. Vanderheide was chosen from among 500 nominations to receive the scholarship from University
of Phoenix, the nation's largest private university in North America.
Vanderheide has dedicated countless hours to
help others less fortunate and to those serving our country. From his work as a VFW Military Assistance Program Officer for
families of the deployed National Guard, to playing taps at the funerals of America's war veterans, he is admired by many.
Adding to this noteworthy patriotism is his role in teaching CPR and water safety classes for the Red Cross chapter -- as
well as volunteering at the local elementary school.
Dr. Bill Pepicello, President of University of Phoenix, said,
"Clearly, Alex is an exemplary community volunteer who demonstrates his love and compassion for others through serving the
greater good." Dr. Pepicello added, "Volunteerism like Alex's is unique. The time and dedication he gives veterans, service
men and women, families in crisis and even as an illustrator in his wife's first-grade classroom is exemplary. University
of Phoenix salutes Alex's leadership, spirit and character. He is the quintessential hometown hero."
dedication to his community and his leadership embodies the spirit of CMT One Country," said Lucia Folk, director of public
affairs, CMT. "Rewarding Alex's volunteerism by giving him a University of Phoenix scholarship is a wonderful way to encourage
his future success and continued support of his community. We wish him the best as he furthers his education and investment