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Wegmans announced that its Employee Scholarship Program, now in its 27th year, will award college tuition assistance to 1,506 Wegmans employees totaling $5.5 million for the upcoming 2010/2011 academic year - the largest number of scholarship recipients in one year to date.

Since the program began in 1984, more than 24,000 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $77 million.

“Nothing is more gratifying than seeing our employees achieve their dreams and knowing that our scholarship program is one of the reasons,” says Wegmans’ President Colleen Wegman.

To receive a scholarship, Wegmans employees must meet academic and work-performance criteria. Eligibility is also based on a minimum number of work hours over a specified time period.
 
Scholarship applications are reviewed by an outside committee of college admissions professionals and a team from Wegmans. The external committee evaluates student grades, extracurricular activities, and SAT scores; the internal Wegmans committee evaluates employee work performance.
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