Town of Marana partners with Grand Canyon University on scholarship program

(Oct. 19, 2015) – The Town of Marana has teamed up with Grand Canyon University to provide Educational Alliance Scholarships to its employees. The agreement provides a 10 percent tuition discount for employees seeking to further their education in GCU’s popular online programs.

“We are pleased to partner with GCU to help give employees the opportunity to continue their education while still working full-time,” said Town Manager Gilbert Davidson. “We’re hoping that this partnership also helps keep higher education affordable and accessible to employees of the Town.”

GCU, a private Christian university in Phoenix, helps students find their purpose and achieve their potential through more than 160 academic programs at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. The online curriculum features small class sizes and interactive lesson plans that keep students engaged.

GCU has 55,000 students enrolled in its online programs, while enrollment on its ground campus has jumped from less than 1,000 students in 2008 to 16,000 this fall. To help keep higher education affordable, GCU has frozen tuition on its ground campus for eight straight years.

Marana is an innovative community that attracts residents and business owners from across the region. The town has grown to approximately 40,000 residents, around 5,000 more than the 2010 Census figure.                       


Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona’s premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited and emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students and the working professional. GCU offers traditional programs on its growing campus, as well as online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.  The University’s curriculum fuses academic and clinical rigor with Christian values to prepare its students to be skilled, caring professionals. For more information about GCU, visit
The Town of Marana is a fast-growing, innovative community that serves as the Gateway to Southern Arizona.  The Town prides itself on its business-friendly environment, celebration of local heritage, and high quality schools.  For more information, visit