GREEN BAY, Wis., June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Shopko Foundation is excited to announce the recipients of its Shopko Teammate and Family Scholarship for the 2012-2013 school year. The Foundation awarded scholarships to 20 students in nine states.
Since 2005, the Shopko Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $300,000 through its Teammate and Family Scholarship Program which annually awards post-secondary scholarships to Shopko employees and their dependent children. The $2,500 scholarships are awarded through a competitive process based on the students' academic record, leadership, community activities, honors and goals. Recipients were determined by an independent selection committee comprised of Wisconsin educators.
"Through the Shopko Foundation, we are fortunate to be able to fund many worthy causes that support the health of our customers, teammates and the communities we serve," said Paul Jones, Shopko President and CEO. "We feel passionately that education is fundamental to an individual's health and positive development. It is our privilege to recognize these outstanding students and support them as they build the foundation for happy and productive lives."
The following students were awarded the Shopko Foundation Teammate and Family Scholarships:
Nick Adams (DePere, WI)
Chelsea Ahmann (Green Bay, WI)
Jason Becker (Green Bay, WI)
Kylee Bitner (Dell Rapids, SD)
Ashley Davie (Billings, MT)
Taylor Duncan (Spokane, WA)
Whitney Klemm (Lewiston, ID)
Chase Knudson (LaCrosse, WI)
Evan Kruppstadt (Kingsford, MI)
Courtney Literski (Stratford, WI)
Ronak Patel (Belvidere, IL)
Keegan Presley (Stevens Point, WI)
Dragana Radic (Appleton, WI)
Alex Rickel (Sioux Falls, SD)
Alicia Rigoni (Kingsford, MI)
Jordan Sandona (Stevens Point, WI)
Rebecca Schnier (Rochester, MN)
Samantha Teunas (Appleton, WI)
Kayla Walsh (Whitelaw, WI)
Ellen Western (Rice Lake, WI)
Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC is a $3 billion retailer that operates almost 350 stores in 22 states throughout the Midwest, Mountain, North Central and Pacific Northwest regions. Retail formats include 134 Shopko stores, providing quality name-brand merchandise, great values, pharmacy and optical services in small to mid-sized cities; 5 Shopko Express Rx stores, a convenient neighborhood drugstore concept; and 10 Shopko Hometown locations, a smaller concept store developed to meet the needs of smaller communities. Shopko is in the process of converting over 170 recently-acquired stores and pharmacies to the Shopko Hometown brand. For more information, visit www.shopko.com.
About the Shopko Foundation
Founded in 2007, the Shopko Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation operated exclusively for charitable purposes. To maximize its impact, the Foundation has a narrow focus on areas of giving that support the health of Shopko customers, teammates and communities. The Foundation also recognizes that education is fundamental to an individual's health and functionality in society. Funds support established non-profit organizations with a proven record of success in maintaining solid, critical programs or innovative new organizations and programs supported by established non-profits or successful leadership. The Foundation issues grants to support organizations or programs that help citizens of all ages maintain or improve their physical health and help students succeed in school and become self-sufficient adults.
For more information, visit www.shopko.com/foundation.
SOURCE Shopko Foundation