D-backs announce $150,000 School Challenge

PHOENIX -- The D-backs announced Wednesday that the application process for the $150,000 School Challenge, presented by the University of Phoenix, is open.

The competition is open to all Arizona K-12 public, private and charter schools.

The program, which began in 2012, has resulted in $5,000 grants being issued to 81 schools, combining for more than $400,000 in donations. The grants have helped provide schools with educational supplies, books, computer programs, computer labs and school improvements.

"In partnership with University of Phoenix, the D-backs are committed to helping launch new and innovative programs as well as assisting those that are in great need of funding across the state," D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall said in a release. "We are dedicated to ensuring that the schools in Arizona receive the resources that will make the biggest impact on our students and the community at large."

Teachers and administrators can apply for the School Challenge at www.dbacks.com/schoolchallenge. The application process closes on Sept. 30.

Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.