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June 13, 2023
June 13, 2023

Dough & Degrees gives Papa Johns team members the opportunity to attend college and earn their degree at absolutely no cost to them. Papa Johns covers tuition, books and fees – all paid for upfront by Papa Johns, so there are no out-of-pocket costs to team members. Since 2019, more than 60 Papa Johns team members have earned associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees at no cost to them, including Carolyn Vincent, a Papa Johns Quality Analyst, Ops Call Center who earned her Associate’s of Applied Science Degree and Business Administration. Carolyn shared with The Sauce why she decided to continue her education through Dough & Degrees.


What is a challenge you faced while completing your degree and how did you overcome it?

One of the biggest challenges was finding the time and making that commitment to follow through. I’m in my fifties, so it was a big decision. I also spend a lot of time with my grandkids on the weekends, and I had to use that time for school instead. I had to compromise on family time to get through it.

What advice would you give to a fellow team member that wants to go back to school through the Dough & Degrees program, but is hesitant?

Don’t hesitate. The next thing you know, you’re in your fifties and still haven’t done it. Make that commitment and go for it; it goes by quicker than you think. It goes by pretty quickly once you’re in it and have a routine going.

How has the Dough & Degrees experience impacted your career at Papa Johns so far? What are your future aspirations?

My degree helped me to refresh what I already knew and give me new ideas and tools for my leadership position. It better prepared me to make sure the team is being treated as they should: recognized and appreciated.

About Dough & Degrees

  • Team members who work as few as 10 hours per week and have been employed for only 60 days at stores owned by Papa Johns may enroll in Dough & Degrees.
  • Many Dough & Degrees graduates are now applying their education in new roles across Papa Johns in departments such as Operations Excellence, Marketing and Supply Chain.
  • Team members can benefit from an expanded range of learning programs available through Dough & Degrees, providing new opportunities for all eligible team members, no matter when their formal education ended or what course of study they wish to pursue.
  • Dough & Degrees features include:
    • Associates to Masters Degrees
    • College credit for on-the-job training
    • Access to top-notch academic advising and guidance from learning experts
    • All books and fees covered by Papa Johns

For more information about Dough & Degrees, please visit doughanddegrees.com.

$0 up-front contribution required
$3.5 million invested by Papa Johns
12,000 team members eligible
80+% of students are working on our frontline
250+ Dough & Degrees students since 2019
60+ team members have earned degrees at no cost to them