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Wegmans to award $5 million in employee scholarships for upcoming school year

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program will award college tuition assistance to 1,686 employees, totaling $5.1 million for the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year — the largest number of scholarships ever awarded by Wegmans in a single year, the grocer reported Thursday.

Since the program began in 1984, more than 26,500 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $85 million.

“We want to help our people learn and grow so they can have success in reaching their goals,” stated Wegmans president Colleen Wegman. “We’re especially pleased to see the number of scholarships grow and to help a greater number of employees on the path to higher education.”

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.

Many scholarship winners have stayed with Wegmans after college, pursuing careers within the company.

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Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppler accepts check from Rite Aid for Children’s Miracle Network

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppler was on hand at the Rite Aid store in New York’s Grand Central Terminal Friday to accept a check from the retail pharmacy chain for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Rite Aid’s New York stores raised $348,880 for the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York through a Miracle Balloon campaign, including $7,000 raised by the Grand Central store. Rite Aid has been raising money for the organization since 1994.

Also appearing were 11-year-old leukemia survivor Molly Guarton and her grandfather, Bill Hatziyianis, of Long Island. Following the event, Kaeppler signed autographs and posed for photographs with employees, customers and fans.

Kaeppler was announced as the Children’s Miracle Network’s goodwill ambassador shortly after her crowning as Miss America 2012 in January.

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CHPA, Partnership at Drugfree.org create DXM-abuse awareness page for teens

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON — Making a direct appeal to teens, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association has created the website DXMstories.org that directly engages young adults around the dangers of dextromethorphan abuse with provocative video clips featuring peer anecdotes.

The site shares the effects of DXM abuse along with anecdotal stories from former teen abusers and encourages viewers to "draw your own conclusions about DXM." All information on the site is sourced to medical research, reliable news sources and from people who themselves have abused DXM.

The site is hosted in conjunction with the Partnership at Drugfree.org.

 


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