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             Helping them become healthy, productive, independent adults.

Scholarships Reach New High                                              Book Magic
Since Wegmans began its Wegmans Employee Scholarship                     What happens when you mix 40
Program in 1984, more than 24,000 Wegmans employees have                 authors and illustrators of children’s
received college tuition assistance totaling $77 million. For the        books with 4000 smiling readers?
2010-2011 academic year, 1506 employees—the largest number               You get the magic that makes the
ever in a single year— received scholarships totaling $5.5 million.      annual Rochester Children’s Book
“Nothing is more gratifying than seeing our employees achieve            Festival a highlight of the year for
their dreams and knowing that our scholarship program is one of          families who want their children to
the reasons,” says Wegmans’ President Colleen Wegman. Part-              grow up loving books and reading.
time employees can receive up to $1,500 a year for four years (up        Readings, storytelling, interactive
to $6,000 total) and full-time employees can receive up to $2,200        workshops on drawing, illustrating
a year for four years (up to $8,800 total). There are no restrictions    and cartooning and sessions just for
on how many scholarships are awarded or the student’s course             tweens and teens are among the
of study. Recipients may choose any field they desire upon               highlights of this annual event that’s
graduation. Many scholarship winners, however, have stayed with          free to the public.
Wegmans after college, pursuing careers within the company.
                                                                         Since 2005, Wegmans has been
                                                                         involved in sponsorship of this event
                                                                         because reading is so important
Launching Culinary Careers                                               in helping young people grow into
                                                                         successful, independent adults.
It’s a win-win event for high school students seeking a career in
the food world and for restaurants and food companies looking            Among the authors and illustrators
for young talent. It’s the annual New York State ProStart Student        who participated in the 14th annual
Invitational, where students enrolled in one of the Pro-Start training   festival on Saturday, November
programs offered at 57 school in New York State show what they           6, 2010 at Monroe Community
can do before a team of judges from New York’s top restaurants,          College’s Brighton Campus in
food companies, and institutions of higher education.                    Rochester, New York were Linda
                                                                         Sue Park, Vivian Vande Velde, Robin
Teams compete for scholarships, trophies, and a coveted slot in          Pulver, and Mary Jane Auch.
the National ProStart Competition. They’re judged on such things
as teamwork, personal appearance, food safety, flavor, plate             The Festival aims to promote literacy,
presentation, and knife skills—using the highest industry standards      benefit Monroe County libraries,
as the benchmark.                                                        and forge connections between the
                                                                         community and regional children’s
The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park hosted the 2011           authors and illustrators. More
New York State event on March 11-12, which was expected to               information is available at www.
draw more than 200 student participants.                                 rochesterchildrensbookfestival.org.

Wegmans has been a sponsor of the ProStart program since
it began. The ProStart program is a nationally recognized two-
year educational food service and hospitality management
curriculum, funded by the New York State Restaurant Association’s
Educational Foundation. It meets the curriculum requirements of
the New York State Education Department.

				
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