FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cumberland Farms today announced that for the ninth consecutive year, applications are now being accepted from bright and ambitious high school seniors across its eight state service area for the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program. Since Cumberland Farms began the program in 2006, the company has awarded over $900,000 in scholarships to nearly 1,000 college-bound high school students.
“We started the Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program to help young adults succeed, and we couldn’t be more proud of the difference we are making in their lives,” said Ari Haseotes, CEO of the Cumberland Gulf Group of Companies. “So far we have helped more than 900 students from the communities we serve attend college, and gain the skills and knowledge they need to excel in the future. Our commitment to helping make the dream of attending college a reality for promising high school students has only grown stronger over the past eight years.”
As part of the company’s dedication to nurturing the futures of young people, the program provides $1,000 scholarships to eligible graduating high school seniors. This past year Cumberland Farms awarded $130,000 in Believe and Achieve Scholarships to 130 students in Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Thanks to the help provided by their scholarships, students have been able to attend a wide range of institutions, including Cornell, Yale, Central Maine Community College, the University of Michigan, Florida State University, the University of Pennsylvania, the College of New Jersey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University and more.
The program is open to students entering a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited college, university or vocational-technical school in the fall of 2015 who live within 30 miles of any Cumberland Farms location. Scholarships will be awarded based on a student’s academic performance, as well as the student’s financial need. Winners will be notified in the spring of 2015.
Information about the Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program, including entry criteria, is available online at https://cumberlandfarms.scholarshipamerica.org/. The application period begins on October 15, 2014, and the deadline to file submissions is December 15, 2014.
Since formalizing its “Doing Good” Corporate Giving Program eight years ago, Cumberland Farms has donated millions of dollars in cash and products to causes that directly benefit thousands of young people through scholarships, direct-to-school programs, youth sports, local fundraising and more.
About Cumberland Farms
Cumberland Farms makes life easier for busy people every day. What started in 1939 with a cow and a dream has grown into a network of convenience stores across 8 states. Three generations later, Cumberland Farms is still family owned and operated, and continues to reflect the values it was built upon: envisioning a better way to serve customers by providing the best possible products at the best possible prices. Whether you're buying a cold Chill Zone drink, a hot or iced cup of Farmhouse Blend Coffee, or filling the gas tank, convenience and customer service are key. Cumberland Farms also has a long heritage of giving back to the communities where it operates, from feeding the hungry and serving the disabled, to supporting local sports teams and fundraising. For more information, please visit us at www.cumberlandfarms.com or follow us on Twitter here.