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Eight graduating seniors received $500 scholarship grants from Wegmans Food Markets in a symbolic nod to the company’s annual announcement of recipients for its Employee Scholarship Program, which started in 1984 and helps employees along the path to higher education.
The local recipients are students from Cosby, James River, Midlothian, Monacan, Deep Run, Mills E. Godwin, Glen Allen, and Goochland high schools near Wegmans in Midlothian and Short Pump (opening Aug. 7). The stores partnered with each school to select a student who exemplifies the family-owned company’s values: Caring, Respect, High Standards, Empowerment, and Making a Difference.
Congratulations go to the following recipients:
Cosby High School: Olivia Meyerhoffer
James River High School : Erwin Karincic
Midlothian High School: Lauren Crebbs
Monacan High School: Kaylea Armstrong
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Deep Run High School: Michelle Swanson
Mills E. Godwin High School: Stephen Tivenan
Glen Allen High School: Olivia Williams
Goochland High School: Jaymi Bell
“More than 33,000 employees have received a total of $105 million in tuition assistance since this program began,” said Bob Farr, Wegmans division manager. “As a new neighbor in the community, we’re happy to award honorary scholarships this year and look forward to celebrating a new class of Wegmans employee scholarship recipients from Midlothian and Short Pump next year.”
The local recipients join 1,905 Wegmans employees that were granted new scholarships this year, with an expected payout of $5 million to the program’s current and new recipients for the 2016/2017 academic year.
To receive a scholarship, Wegmans employees must meet work-performance criteria. Eligibility is also based on a minimum number of work hours over a specified time period. Part-time employees can receive up to $6,000 over four years and full-time employees can receive up to $8,800 over four years, with no limit placed on the number of scholarships awarded and no restrictions on a student’s course of study from an accredited college.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 89-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.
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