Rochester, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Wegmans Food Markets on Friday announced that 1,102 employees will be awarded college tuition assistance totaling $4.5 million provided by the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program for the upcoming 2011-12 academic year.
Since the program began in 1984, more than 25,000 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $81 million.
“We proudly carry on the scholarship tradition that my grandfather started 28 years ago,” said Wegmans’ President Colleen Wegman. “Helping our employees on the path to higher education is one of the most important ways we can make a difference in their lives and in their local communities.”
Part-time employee scholarship recipients are eligible to receive up to $1,500 a year for four years (a maximum of $6,000), and full-time employees can receive up to $2,200 a 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 educational path they wish and enter any field they desire upon graduation. Many scholarship winners, however, have stayed with Wegmans after college, pursuing careers within the company.
To receive a scholarship, Wegmans employees must meet academic and work-performance criteria. Eligibility is also based on a minimum number of work hours over a specified time period.
Scholarship applications are reviewed by an outside committee of college admissions professionals and a team from Wegmans. The external committee evaluates student grades, extracurricular activities, and SAT scores; the internal Wegmans committee evaluates employee work performance.