FRAMINGHAM, Mass., June 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cumberland Farms today announced that for the tenth consecutive year, 130 talented high school seniors from nine states have been awarded $1,000 Cumberland Farms "Believe & Achieve" Scholarships. From the launch of its scholarship program a decade ago, the company has to date provided well over $1 million in critical financial assistance to more than 1,000 bright, ambitious young individuals, helping them pursue their dreams of achieving a college education.
As part of the company's commitment to nurturing the future of young people, the "Believe & Achieve" program provides $1,000 scholarships annually to 130 eligible graduating high school seniors across its service area. This year Cumberland Farms has awarded $130,000 in "Believe & Achieve" Scholarships to 37 students in Massachusetts, 23 in Florida, 27 in New York, 14 in New Hampshire, eight in Connecticut, 13 in Maine, three in Vermont, four in Rhode Island and one in New Jersey.
Additionally, recognized as this year's Haseotes Scholar is Katie Curran of Pocasset, MA. Named for the founders of the company, the Haseotes Scholar Award is presented to the student who best exemplifies Cumberland Farms' core values of hard work, achievement and commitment to the community.
"I am very proud to not only be a "Believe & Achieve" Scholarship, but also to be recognized as the Haseotes Scholar. I'm tremendously grateful that Cumberland Farms has made such an effort to help my dream of attending college become a reality," said Ms. Curran, who will be entering Columbia University this fall. "On behalf of all recipients Cumberland Farms has helped over the past ten years, I'd like to say thank you for caring about us, our communities, and for making a difference in the lives of young people like me."
"Giving back to the communities we serve is a critical part of our company mission; we had this in mind when we started the "Believe & Achieve" Scholarship Program back in 2006, with the goal of helping hard-working and ambitious young people," said Ari Haseotes, CEO of Cumberland Farms. "After a full decade, over 1,000 students, and more than $1 million in scholarships awarded, we are truly proud of the difference we are able to make for these deserving young men and women, and we continue to be inspired by them every step of the way."
Previous "Believe & Achieve" Scholarship recipients from Cumberland Farms' service area have attended a wide range of colleges and universities, including Harvard University, Yale, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Purdue, University of Massachusetts, Clemson, Florida State, University of Michigan, Princeton, University of Florida, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York University, University of Miami, and more. To learn more about Cumberland Farms' "Believe & Achieve" program, and this year's recipients, click here.
The program is open to students entering a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited college, university or vocational-technical school in the fall of 2016 who live within 30 miles of any Cumberland Farms store. Scholarships are awarded based on a student's academic performance and financial need, as well as involvement in extracurricular activities such as community service and athletics. The application process for next year's scholarship program will open in October, 2016.
Since formalizing its Corporate Giving Program ten years ago, Cumberland Farms has donated millions of dollars in cash and products to causes that directly benefit thousands of young people through scholarships, direct-to-school programs, youth sports, local fundraising and more.
About Cumberland Farms
Cumberland Farms makes life easier for busy people every day. What started in 1939 with a cow and a dream has grown into a network of convenience stores across 8 states. Three generations later, Cumberland Farms is still family owned and operated, and continues to reflect the values it was built upon: envisioning a better way to serve customers by providing the best possible products at the best possible prices. Whether you're buying a cold Chill Zone drink, a hot or iced cup of Farmhouse Blend Coffee, or filling the gas tank, convenience and customer service are key. Cumberland Farms also has a long heritage of giving back to the communities where it operates, from feeding the hungry and serving the disabled, to supporting local sports teams and fundraising. For more information, please visit us at www.cumberlandfarms.com or follow us on Twitter here.
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