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Four graduating seniors from the Medford area 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 helps employees along the path to higher education.
The local recipients are students from Everett, Medford, and Somerville high schools. Wegmans 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 students:
Medford High School: Tyrese Stroud
Everett High School: Jennifer Chavez Umana and Geral Rivera Miranda (Culinary Arts program)
Somerville High School: Xiomara Ireheta
“The employee scholarship program is a long-standing tradition at Wegmans that we’re especially proud of,” said Wegmans Medford Store Manager Kevin Russell. “Many of our leaders started with the company part time as a first job and went on to attend college with tuition assistance from our employee scholarship program.”
The local recipients join 2,019 Wegmans employees that were granted new scholarships this year, with an expected payout of $5.1 million to the program’s current and new recipients for the 2017/2018 academic year. Since the program began in 1984, more than 35,000 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $110 million.
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.
The Medford Wegmans opens this fall and will employ approximately 450 people. Hiring and training are currently underway for positions including everything from entry-level management to culinary professionals such as line cooks. Applicants may apply online at www.wegmans.com/careers or call 781-322-0985 for more information.
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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