Cincinatti-based The Kroger Co. Foundation has named the Kroger Scholars for the 2023-24 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 Kroger Scholars Program has awarded more than $4.8 million in scholarship funds.
“This opportunity means the world to me. For the past fifteen years, my dad has been a part of the Kroger Family, and I had the honor of joining it two years ago,” said Olivia Giovanoni, a Kroger Scholar pursuing a degree in hospitality at Purdue University Fort Wayne.
“I’m so grateful for this scholarship and being a part of the Kroger Family.”
The 2023-24 Kroger Scholars will be represented at more than 90 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.
“The contributions and dedication of our associates make us proud every day, and we take even greater joy in celebrating their personal accomplishments,” said Patty Leesemann, head of philanthropy at Kroger.
“It is our honor to be part of this special moment and help ease the financial burden for students and our associates. Congratulations to our 2023 Kroger Scholars.”
Last year’s 120 recipients also received $300,000 in scholarships. “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.”
A company-wide program presented by The Kroger Co. Foundation, Kroger Scholars is open to children (biological, adopted and stepchildren) of employees in the Kroger Family of Companies who have two years of service and have worked at least 1,000 hours per year.
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