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UMGC Joins Papa John’s Dough & Degrees Affordable Education Tuition Assistance Program

UMGC Joins Papa John’s Dough & Degrees Affordable Education Tuition Assistance Program

Bob Ludwig
By Bob Ludwig
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Adelphi, Md. (July 27.2020)—University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) announced today it has teamed up with Papa John’s International. Inc., in a new education alliance with the company’s best-in-class “Dough & Degrees” tuition assistance program.

UMGC will offer Papa John’s corporate and franchisee team members—as well as their immediate family members—reduced tuition options. Papa John’s team members can choose from any of the university’s undergraduate and graduate programs. Educational costs are reduced further as UMGC uses digital course materials that are provided free to students.

And of special note today, UMGC’s online format makes it a great choice for continuing education, especially when many brick-and-mortar colleges and universities are facing the challenge of holding classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are pleased to join with Papa John’s in support of their commitment to extending educational opportunities to employees and further developing workforce skills,” said UMGC President Javier Miyares. “For more than 70 years, UMGC has emphasized quality academic programs and a student support system that address the specific needs of working adults, and our online programs are designed to fit education around students’ busy lives and careers.”

In addition to expanding “Dough & Degrees,”  Papa John’s International recently has hired 20,000 displaced team members during the COVID-19 pandemic and is stepping up efforts to hire additional team members over the next few months to meet the high demand for quality meals and safe delivery for people remaining at home.

“We want to make it quick and simple for team members to join Papa John’s and immediately begin earning an income. An added benefit is access to long-term pathways toward sustained personal and professional growth,” said Marvin Boakye, Papa John’s chief people and diversity officer. “COVID-19 has changed how we live, work, and grow in a safe environment. With this significant expansion to our first-of-its-kind college tuition program, our team members will have the opportunity to earn not only a paycheck, but also a college degree.”

About University of Maryland Global Campus

University of Maryland Global Campus (formerly University of Maryland University College) is a world leader in innovative educational models, with award-winning online programs in disciplines including biotechnology, cybersecurity, data analytics, and information technology that are in high demand in today’s increasingly technical, global workplace.

With an enrollment of some 90,000 students, UMGC offers open access with a global footprint and a specific mission—to meet the learning needs of students whose responsibilities may include jobs, family, and military service. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, including doctoral programs.

A pioneer in distance education since 1947, UMGC today is harnessing the power of learning science and technology to deliver high quality, low cost, accessible higher education.

About Papa John’s

Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) opened its doors in 1984 with one goal in mind: BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA. Papa John’s believes that using high quality ingredients leads to superior quality pizzas. Its original dough is made of only six ingredients and is fresh, never frozen. Papa John’s tops its pizzas with real cheese made from mozzarella, pizza sauce made with vine-ripened tomatoes that go from vine to can in the same day, and meat free of fillers. It was the first national pizza delivery chain to announce the removal of artificial flavors and synthetic colors from its entire food menu. Papa John’s is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, and is the world’s third largest pizza delivery company with more than 5,300 restaurants in 49 countries and territories as of March 29, 2020. For more information about the Company or to order pizza online, visit or download the Papa John’s mobile app for iOS or Android.