“Do it and don’t look back.”

Nov. 29, 2022
Nov. 29, 2022

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 Philip Owens, a Papa Johns Linux System Administrator who earned his Master's degree in Information Technology. Philip shared with The Sauce why he decided to continue his education through Dough & Degrees.


What encouraged you to go back to school?

I had recently finished my bachelor’s degree, then the Dough & Degrees came along. Of course, it had a master’s program in IT, so I decided to pursue that and get more knowledge and pave the way for new roles in the future.

Tell me about your most memorable moment while completing your degree.

Without a doubt, finishing my final project. It was many pages of writing and putting together logical and physical diagrams, all while writing stories about the program I was in. Seeing it all come together in the end was a relief and a triumph.

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

The challenge was every single day. I realized I had to go to work, do my job, be on call sometimes, and still attend online classes. I wanted to spend quality time with family or go hiking to get away from it all. I overcame it by believing passionately in what I do and having a sense of purpose while ignoring all the emotional noise.


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