Big Y World Class Markets’ 2020 scholarship season is running through Feb. 1. In 2019, more than 350 academically outstanding students from communities surrounding their stores received a total of more than $250,000 in college scholarships.
Unlike most area scholarships, these awards are based on academic merit, regardless of financial need. With Big Y’s assistance, students from all over Massachusetts and Connecticut are attending schools such as Western New England University, Westfield State University, University of Massachusetts, University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, Springfield College, Georgetown University, Boston University, Yale University, Northeastern University and Quinnipiac University this fall. Top recipients were honored at a scholarship awards ceremony held at the Big Y Store Support Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, this past May.
Big Y’s Scholarship Program reflects their longstanding commitment to education and is considered to be one of the most competitive in New England, with thousands of students applying each year. Since this program was founded in 1981, $4.7 million has been awarded to more than 6,300 students.
“We are pleased to be able to recognize the hard work and the dedication of the many students achieving academic excellence in our communities that we serve,” said Charlie D’Amour, Big Y president and CEO.
What also sets Big Y’s Scholarship program apart from others is that it is open to all of their customers and customers’ dependents, as well as employees, and employee dependents. Awards are given to students in the categories of high school graduate, undergraduate, community college, graduate and non-traditional. There is also a special category within the Big Y Scholarship program that honors dependents of the law enforcement officers, firefighters and military service members; this past year, 22 scholarships have been awarded within that division.