Members of GRAMMY, Dove and American Music Award-winning rock band, Third Day, know that moving ahead in life can be amplified by having a quality education. It’s for this reason that the band, known as one of the greatest live touring artists, has teamed with Arizona-based Grand Canyon University (GCU) for its upcoming spring Make Your Move tour to offer its fans a chance to advance with a college degree.
At each stop on Third Day’s upcoming Make Your Move tour – dates available at www.ThirdDay.com – one qualified fan will be selected to receive a $10,000 scholarship to GCU, one of the country’s fastest-growing, non-denominational, Christian universities with both online programming and a thriving physical campus in Phoenix. GCU’s overall partnership with the Third Day tour includes up to $1 million in scholarships specifically allocated to Third Day fans during the duration of the band’s spring and fall tours.
“Grand Canyon University is flexible, offering the support you need to succeed in its programs,” shares Mac Powell. “Third Day is proud to partner with GCU on the tour, and thankful that it is offering such generous scholarships to our fans.”
The need for access to higher education in a busy world is not only demanded by the fans, but by the band as well. As a testament to this, Third Day band members Mark Lee, Tai Anderson and David Carr are all seeking completion of their degrees through GCU, spending time on the road, before and after meeting fans and cranking out electrifying performances, immersing themselves in continuing their educations through online classes.
“This is an ideal partnership for us,” said GCU CEO Brian Mueller. “We can demonstrate to Third Day fans throughout the country the value, ease and flexibility of obtaining a college degree while maintaining a busy lifestyle, as well as help fans move forward with an institution that shares their same goals and purpose.”
“Third Day never wants to encourage our fans to do something that we’re not willing to do ourselves,” notes Tai Anderson. “We wanted to experience what GCU is all about firsthand, so we enrolled in classes at the start of this year. Like so many of our fellow ‘Lopes,’ we left college to pursue our careers before we finished our degrees. At the time, we had to choose between Third Day and going to school. With GCU, we no longer have to choose. We’re working toward our degrees on the tour bus!”
Interested fans can be considered for the scholarships by completing an electronic application form via computers at the GCU booth at every concert location, where they can also learn more about the scholarship offer and the university. Scholarship recipients will be notified by GCU soon after the concert.
Integral to establishing this partnership was Barry Landis of Landis Entertainment ( www.landisentertainment.com), an industry veteran who advises clients on marketing to the faith-based community.
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