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Wegmans offers more tuition assistance

Rochester, N.Y. -- Wegmans Food Markets is helping nearly 2,000 more people pay for their college education. 

Wegmans is awarding college tuition assistance to 1,766 new recipients for the upcoming academic year.

Wegmans expects to pay out more than $4.91 million in tuition assistance to both new and returning scholarship recipients during the 2014-15 school year. 

Since the program began in 1984, more than 30,000 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $95 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.

"My grandfather established this long-standing tradition with the aim of helping young people succeed," said Wegmans President Colleen Wegman. "The program has grown considerably, and we're proud to continue helping our people reach their academic and career goals."

All Wegmans stores will offer a free cake celebration for employees and customers June 7, from noon to 2 p.m. in recognition of scholarship recipients and graduates.

 
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