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Wegmans to pay out roughly $5M in employee tuition assistance in 2018

BY Antoinette Alexander

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — As part of its ongoing effort to help its employees pursue higher education and achieve their career goals, Wegmans Food Markets announced it is planning to pay out approximately $5 million in tuition assistance to both new and returning recipients of the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program during the 2018-2019 school year.

Since the program began in 1984, more than 36,500 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $115 million.

“We are so proud of our people and all that they are able to accomplish,” said Colleen Wegman, president and CEO. “Our employee scholarship program is a way for us to help them pursue higher education and their career goals, whether they choose to build that career at Wegmans or elsewhere.”

Part-time employee scholarship recipients are eligible to receive up to $1,500 per year for four years (a maximum of $6,000), and full-time employees can receive up to $2,200 per 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. The supermarket chain noted that many scholarship winners decide to stay with the company after college, continuing their career growth within the company.

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