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By W.B. King
OGDEN, Utah -- Elizabeth Ginther of Dodge City, Kan., was given a special high school graduation present from Flying J Inc. -- a $2000 scholarship.
Since its inception in 1999, The Flying J Scholarship program has awarded over $2.2 million in scholarships. "Flying J desired to give the communities that support us and which we serve something back," human resources assistant Shauna Rust told CSNews Online. "It is our belief that educational scholarships are an ideal way for us to play part in making dreams come true for deserving young people, and that their education will ultimately benefit and enrich the communities of which we are a part."
In total, 160 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors across the nation, explained Rust.
Ginther was a worthy recipient of the award, explained Rust, adding that she will attend Seward County Community College this fall. "Scholarship recipients are selected on financial need, academic record, demonstration of leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, educational goals, and outside appraisal," Rust told CSNews Online.
When asked how customers and community members respond to the scholarship program, Rust responded: "It's extremely rewarding to see the smile on the face of a recipient when they've been awarded one of our scholarships," she continued. "Many applications are received every year but we hope that more customers and community members will encourage a soon-to-be graduating high school senior in their life by applying as well."
In other charity news, during a special ceremony held earlier this month, Quick Chek team members at the chain's Newton, N.J., location, along with local officials gathered to present a check of $1,957 to the Hampton Township Fire Department, the company stated.
The donation was the total amount raised from a promotion that collected 25 cents for every sub, sandwich and wrap sold at the location for 30 days after the grand re-opening of the Newton location on September 25, 2007.
The new 3,800-square-foot store includes a coffee bar with 20-minute freshness guaranteed beverages, sub shop, soup bar, bakery items made fresh daily, a no fee ATM center and 18 gasoline fueling stations, according to the company.