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Wegmans Food Markets announced today that the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program will award college tuition assistance to 2,019 new recipients for the upcoming academic year, the most scholarships ever awarded in a single year by the family-owned company. The company expects to pay out approximately $5.1 million in tuition assistance to both new and returning scholarship recipients during the 2017-2018 school year.
This year’s list of recipients includes 200 students who participate in the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HWSC), a program that helps youth stay in school, earn their high school diplomas and prepare for secondary education or employment. As an employment partner for the program in Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo, N.Y., as well as Prince George’s County, Md., Wegmans provides part-time employment opportunities for students and connects them with individualized resources and experiences to help them achieve success.
Since the program began in 1984, more than 35,000 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $110 million.
“It’s important to us that our employees are engaged in our business and continue to learn and grow,” said Colleen Wegman, president & CEO of the family-owned supermarket chain. “Our employee scholarship program is just one way we’re providing growth opportunities for our people by helping them pursue higher education and career goals that benefit both the individual and the greater community.”
Customers are invited to join in a celebration for this year’s scholarship recipients, and all 2017 graduates, at all Wegmans stores with a piece of celebration cake at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 20.
Part-time employee scholarship recipients are eligible to receive up to $1,500 per year for four years (a maximum of $6,000), and full-time employees can receive up to $2,200 per year for four years (up to $8,800 total). No limit is placed on the number of scholarships awarded each year and no restrictions are made on a student’s course of study. Recipients may choose any area of study from an accredited college and enter any field they desire upon graduation. Many scholarship winners, however, decide to stay with Wegmans after college, continuing their career growth within the company.
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. Scholarship applications are evaluated by a team from Wegmans.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 92-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, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.
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