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    Cumberland Farms Extends Corporate Giving Program

    Chain launches "Believe and Achieve" scholarship program for high-school seniors.

    CANTON, Mass. -- As part of its commitment to nurturing the future of young people, Cumberland Farms announced its new "Believe and Achieve" scholarship program, providing individual $1,000 awards to eligible graduating high school seniors in its service area.

    As part of the company's Corporate Giving Initiative, the Believe and Achieve scholarship program will be open to students who will enter college in fall 2007 and live within 30 miles of any Cumberland Farms outlet in the Northeast and Florida. The scholarship program is open to children of Cumberland Farms employees as well. While the initiative takes academic performance into account, the award also considers the student's financial need.

    "There are too many bright college freshmen who need extra help to pay for books or to defray tuition," said Cumberland Farms CEO Lily Bentas. "That is why we are so excited to implement the Believe and Achieve scholarship program, where we can lend a hand to the young people in our communities who are dedicated to improving their future by obtaining a college education."

    Eligible high school seniors are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Information about the Believe and Achieve scholarship, including entry criteria and deadlines, is available online at www.cumberlandfarms.com, as well as in all Cumberland Farms' store locations.

    Cumberland Farms also provides college scholarships and is a proud sponsor of 4-H, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Making Strides for Breast Cancer. In addition to its annual corporate contributions, the chain is active at the local level, building awareness and supporting worthy organizations in the communities where its employees live and work.

    The company maintains a network of retail stores, gas stations, and a support system, including petroleum, dairy and grocery distribution operations that spans 11 states across the Northeast and Florida, making it the largest c-store/ petroleum marketer in the Northeast.

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