Shopko Foundation Awards $75,000 in Scholarships

Jun 26, 2013, 09:00 ET from Shopko

GREEN BAY, Wis., June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Shopko Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of its Shopko Teammate and Family Scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year. The Foundation awarded $75,000 in scholarships to 30 students in 10 states. 

Since 2005, the Shopko Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $375,000 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 student's academic record, leadership, community activities, honors and goals. Recipients were determined by an independent selection committee comprised of educators and administrators from Wisconsin colleges and universities.   

"The Shopko Foundation is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and educational opportunities for our neighbors in all the communities where we serve," said Mike Bettiga, Shopko Interim CEO and Chief Operating Officer.  "We understand that, more than ever, education is the pathway to opportunity.  It is our privilege to recognize these outstanding students and support them as they build the foundation for fulfilled and productive lives."

The following students were awarded the Shopko Foundation Teammate and Family Scholarships:

Miranda Brown (Greenville, WI)  

Kenneth Musial (Conover, WI)

Jenessa Buseman (De Pere, WI)  

Caitlynne Naughton (Neillsville, WI)

Katie Callahan (Twin Lakes, MN)  

Tyler Nehring (De Pere, WI)

Kaleesha Diefenderfer (Lakewood, CO)  

Kimiya Nourian (Salt Lake City, UT)

Jaren Dyreson (Glenwood, MN)  

Hannah Oberle (Lincoln, NE)

Emily French (Dubuque, IA)   

Mikael Paulik (Rochester, MN)

Alexandra Grathen (De Pere, WI)  

Elysia Rodriguez (Freeport, IL)

Danica Gullicksrud (Onalaska, WI)  

Jacob Schmitz (North Branch, MN)

Landon Isabell (North Platte, NE)  

Rebecca Schnier (Rochester, MN)

Megan Johnson (Edgerton, WI)  

Samuel Smukowski (Green Bay, WI)

Sarah Joosten (Cameron, WI)  

Chloe Stockheimer (Green Bay, WI)

Grace Kenny (Wayne, NE)    

Anastasia Thesing (Lewiston, MN)

Bailey Klawitter (Livingston, MT)  

Kayla Walsh (Whitelaw, WI)

Ashley Limesand (Sanborn, ND)  

Madison Walters (Kalispell, MT)

Kaitlin Martin (Kingsford, MI)      

Ellen Western (Rice Lake, WI)

About Shopko
Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC is a $3 billion retailer that operates over 330 stores in 21 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; 176 Shopko Hometown locations, a smaller concept store developed to meet the needs of smaller communities; 5 Shopko Express Rx stores, a convenient neighborhood drugstore concept; and 18 Shopko Pharmacy locations. 

Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC is an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a leading private investment firm focused on leverage buyouts, equity, debt, and other investments in market-leading companies that can benefit from its in-house operating professionals and experience.

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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.

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