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    Big Y Gives Out Local Scholarships

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Big Y here has chosen over 300 students from communities in their market areas to receive a total of nearly $250,000 in college scholarships for the 2007-2008 academic year.

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Big Y here has chosen over 300 students from communities in their market areas to receive a total of nearly $250,000 in college scholarships for the 2007-2008 academic year.

    In contrast to most local scholarships, Big Y's awards are based on academic merit, regardless of financial need, the company said.

    Another differentiator for Big Y's Scholarship Program is that it's open to all of the retailer's customers and customer dependents, as well as employees, and employee dependents. Awards are given to students in the categories of high school graduate, undergraduate, community college, graduate, and nontraditional.

    There's also a special category within the program that honors dependents of law enforcement officers and firefighters.

    Since Big Y's Scholarship Program began in 1981, more than 2,700 students have received over $1.9 million.

    Scholarship applications for the upcoming 2008-2009 academic year will be available at all 56 of the grocer's locations, including its Table & Vine fine wine, spirit, and gourmet specialty shop, from mid-October through January, as well as at school guidance offices within Big Y's market area. To qualify, a student's permanent residence or school must be within western and central Massachusetts; Norfolk County, Mass.; or the state of Connecticut. Completed applications must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2008.

    Family-owned and -operated Big Y, one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England, operate 56 stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts, with over 9,200 employees.

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