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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Applications are now available for more than 300 Big Y scholarships to be awarded this spring to the most academically outstanding applicants, regardless of the students' financial need. The retailer is set to award over $200,000 worth of college scholarships for the 2007-2008 academic year.
The applications can be picked up at all Big Y stores, including Table & Vine and Town & Country Liquors, or at high school guidance offices of schools within Big Y's market area. Completed applications must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2007.
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Big Y's scholarship program annually receives applications from over 2,300 students. Since the program's inception in 1981, the New England retailer has awarded more than $1.2 million in scholarships to over 2,000 students in the region.
The most academically outstanding high school, community college, undergraduate, graduate and nontraditional students in the Big Y market area are eligible for awards. A certain number of these awards are also designated for Big Y associates and their dependents, as well as the subcategory dependents of police officers and firefighters. To qualify, a student's permanent residence or school must be in western and central Massachusetts or the state of Connecticut.
In addition to its scholarship program, Big Y's educational initiatives include "Homework Helpline," a toll-free tutoring service staffed by qualified teachers to help parents and students with homework questions; the D'Amour Library at Western New England College; the D'Amour Hall for Business Communication and Technology at Bay Path College; school tour programs to students of all ages, offering free grocery store tours that focus on good nutrition and connect shopping skills to the importance of reading, math, and other school subjects; and "Education Express," a point-based program that has enabled area schools to earn more than $10.5 million in educational equipment such as computers, software, textbooks, sporting goods, and musical instruments.
Big Y currently operates 56 stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts, with over 9,200 employees.