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The Kroger Co. Awards $300K In Scholarships To 120 Students

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Cincinnati, Ohio-based The Kroger Co. Foundation has named the Kroger Scholars for the 2022-23 academic year, awarding $300,000 to 120 students.

All scholars are the children of Kroger employees and receive $2,500 toward any accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational program. Launched in 2008, the program has awarded more than $4.5 million in scholarship funds.

“I feel as though I have grown up at Kroger,” said Averie Rutter, a scholar from Findlay University. “My parents have worked there for the last 30 years. This will help me not only further my education, but it will also help me pursue my passion.”

The recipients will be represented at more than 80 institutions across the nation. Students were selected based on a broad range of criteria, including volunteering, civic service, extra-curricular activities, academic performance and work experience.

“We are proud to recognize this year’s Kroger Scholars for their commitment to academic excellence and service to their schools and communities,” said, Patty Leesemann, head of philanthropy. “We hope these funds make it a little easier for our employees and their children as they transition studies beyond high school.”

A company-wide program, Kroger Scholars is open to children (biological, adopted and stepchildren) of employees who have two years of service and have worked at least 1,000 hours per year. To learn more about The Kroger Co. Foundation, visit here.  

Kroger also offers a tuition reimbursement program for its workers, contributing up to $21,000 for both part-time and full-time employees. The grocer encourages lifelong learning for all, enabling everything from GEDs to Ph.D. degrees.

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