LEXINGTON, Ky., Dec. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Viamedia, the television industry's largest independent cable TV ad management company, and premium burger chain, Hardee's®, today named Dustin Stamper from Breathitt County, Kentucky the winner of their third annual Viamedia & Hardee's $10,000 College Fund Contest. Currently a senior nursing student at Morehead State University, Stamper was selected based on his commitment to community service and passion for helping the elderly.
"At Viamedia, we believe in fostering the next generation. The combination of academic achievement and community leadership exhibited by Dustin underscores the core values of this scholarship," said Mark Lieberman, president and chief executive officer of Viamedia. "We heartily congratulate Dustin on his well-deserved award."
"We are delighted to award this scholarship to Dustin, supporting his education and drive to better his community. We have always valued education and community involvement – especially in Lexington and surrounding counties," added Mindi McGinnis, a representative from Hardee's franchise group, Heritage Assets & the Lexington Coop. "Dustin has clearly demonstrated his commitment to improving the world around him and we look forward to watching him grow."
Speaking to the importance of these funds, Stamper said, "This scholarship allows me to continue my lifelong journey of learning and service, so I cannot put into words how much this college fund means to me."
In addition to serving as a nursing student during the week, Stamper spends his weekends volunteering at a local nursing home. He hopes to work there full time after graduation.
During the selection process the scholarship was open to all Kentucky students enrolled in a Kentucky college, university or eligible educational institute by November 1, 2015 who had a 2.5 GPA or higher and were at least 17 years old.
Headquartered in New York City and Lexington, Kentucky, Viamedia is the largest independent cable TV ad management company for local, regional and national advertising, programmatic and ad tech solutions, responsible for more than 1.2 million 15 and 30-second spots per day on behalf of 10,000 advertisers. The company specializes in selling advertising on behalf of almost 60 U.S. cable and telecommunications service providers, utility companies and municipalities, and employs over 400 people across the country. The company also operates placemedia, a programmatic data-driven platform, representing over 30 billion advertising impressions monthly across 210 DMAs on nearly 100 TV networks. For more information, please visit www.viamediatv.com and www.placemedia.com.
About CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.
CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. ("CKE") is a privately held company headquartered in Carpinteria, Calif. Through its subsidiaries, CKE owns and licenses Carl's Jr.® and Hardee's® quick-service restaurants. CKE operates Carl's Jr. and Hardee's as one brand under two names acknowledging the regional heritage of both banners. After opening its first restaurants in New York and New Jersey this spring and recent international openings in Canada, Colombia and Guatemala, CKE now has a total of 3,626 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 44 states and 36 foreign countries and U.S. territories. Known for its one-of-a-kind premium menu items such as 100 percent Black Angus Thickburgers®, Made from Scratch™ Biscuits, Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders™ and Fresh Baked Buns, as well as an award-winning marketing approach, the Carl's Jr./Hardee's brand continues to deliver substantial and consistent growth in the U.S. and overseas. The Carl's Jr./Hardee's system is now 91 percent franchised, with international restaurants representing 18 percent of the system. For more information about CKE, please visit www.ckr.com or its brand sites at www.carlsjr.com and www.hardees.com.