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Wegmans helping with college tuition costs for 1,880 employees

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Wegmans Food Markets on Thursday announced that the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program will award college tuition assistance to 1,880 new recipients for the upcoming 2013/2014 academic year. This is the largest number of scholarships ever awarded by the program in a single year, the grocer noted. In total, Wegmans expects to pay out $4.8 million in tuition assistance to current and new scholarship recipients during the upcoming school year.

“We’re proud to see the continuing growth of this long-standing program,” stated Wegmans’ president Colleen Wegman. “Helping our people toward educational goals makes a lasting difference that extends even beyond the communities we serve.”

Since the program began in 1984, more than 28,400 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $90 million. 

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. Recipients may choose any area of study from an accredited college and enter any field they desire upon graduation.

Many scholarship winners, however, have stayed with Wegmans after college, continuing career growth within the company, Wegmans noted. 


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Jones Soda, Fiat launch photo contest celebrating new products

BY Jason Owen

SEATTLE — Jones Soda Co. and Fiat today announced their “Jonesin’ for a Fiat 500e” summer photo contest, part of a larger, integrated marketing campaign for Jones Soda and Fiat to celebrate the companies’ new products, Natural Jones Soda and the automobile company’s all-new, all-electric Fiat 500e, which are both launching exclusively in California this summer.

Between June 1 through October 31, contestants who submit photos of any Fiat 500 model will have a chance to win either a weekly prize or the Grand Prize. Weekly winners will be awarded a Prize Pack of Jones Soda and Fiat brand merchandise. At the conclusion of the contest, a Grand Prize winner will receive a brand new 2013 Fiat 500 (a 500e if a California resident), surf lessons with Jones-sponsored professional surfer Brianna Cope, and have the winning photo featured on a run of Natural Jones Soda in 2014. Contestants in the U.S. and Canada can enter to win by submitting their qualifying photos using the hashtag #Jonesinforafiat500e through Jones Soda Co.’s official website, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages. Submissions will be judged based on the quality and creativity of the photos.

“We recognized that our brand DNA is similar to that of the Fiat Brand: unique, independent, fun and colorful. Both companies are launching healthier versions of our iconic, regular products in the California market, which are Natural Jones Soda and Fiat’s all-electric vehicle, the Fiat 500e,” said Jennifer Cue, CEO, Jones Soda. “This is a fun way for us to connect with our fan base and do what Jones Soda does best, connect with our consumers through photography.”

“The sense of excitement that surrounds the launch of the all-new Fiat 500e in California this summer creates a perfect opportunity for us to partner with like-minded brands such as Jones Soda,” said Jason Stoicevich, head of Fiat Brand North America. “Through fun social media activities, we will capture customer’s attention and one lucky winner will be able to bring home the zero emission Fiat 500e.”

Beyond the “Jonesin’ for a Fiat 500e” photo contest this summer, the companies are partnering on event and sampling programs, including a presence at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif., in July, where Brianna Cope will be competing and showcasing the new Fiat 500e. In addition, Jones Soda and Fiat USA will have a Fiat dealership sampling program in California and will be collaborating on a range of social media initiatives.

The contest is limited to individuals who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, and residents of Canada (excluding Quebec). Further details on the contest (including the official rules) and other events taking place throughout California in 2013 can be found at www.Jonessoda.com or fiatusa.com.


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Dark and Lovely highlights new Au Naturale line at Atlanta celebration

BY Antoinette Alexander

ATLANTA — Dark and Lovely recently celebrated the launch of its newest line, Au Naturale, with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam and author and curly hair advocate, Nikki Walton, in Atlanta for the empowering Curl Power Celebration.

Attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, Bombay Sapphire cocktails and curl consultations from the SoftSheen-Carson Style Squad at the curl stations. The OMG Photo Booth was also on site capturing all the curls and coils and posted photos live on the big screens. Curl stations were stocked with the Au Naturale line for guests to experience. Models with curly coifs also introduced guests to Dark and Lovely’s new Naturalista digital tools available on iamdarkandlovely.com.

Throughout the evening, Dark and Lovely showcased live hair demos, product giveaways, as well hosted an Instagram contest where guests were invited to upload their photos.
 


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