RI, March 24, 2015 -
Wegmans Food Market, a family-owned, 85-store supermarket chain, recently pledged to contribute $250,000 in scholarship opportunities over the next five years at Johnson & Wales University (JWU). Full-time students enrolled in the JWU College of Culinary Arts at the Providence, R.I. campus will be eligible for a Wegmans Scholarship which will be administered by the university.
“Over the years, the university has developed strong relationships with industry partners that have been mutually beneficial,” said JWU Chancellor John Bowen. “The Wegmans brand is well known and respected by both its peers and customers. We are grateful for their generous gift which will support our students pursuing a career in the food service industry, some of whom very well may choose to work at Wegmans.”
“Wegmans’ mission is to help our customers make great meals easy so they can live healthier, better lives,” said Jim Schaeffer, Wegmans’ vice president of culinary operations. “To deliver on that promise, we must attract and develop the best culinary talent. Our hope for this scholarship is that it encourages the pursuit of culinary education from a top-notch school.”
Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 16,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, R.I.; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; and Charlotte, N.C. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, education, nutrition, hospitality, physician assistant studies, engineering and design. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 119 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit www.jwu.edu.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient® study.