WHS Grad Receives Cumberland Farms Believe And Achieve Scholarship Award

Cumberland Farms recently announced that 130 talented high school seniors from 11 states have been awarded Believe and Achieve Scholarships to help them attend college.

Among the winners is Wellington High School graduate Michelle Trak. Her college of choice is the University of Florida.

Cumberland Farms’ scholarship program began eight years ago and has provided more than 900 young adults with critical financial assistance to help them achieve a college education.

As part of the company’s commitment to nurturing the future of young people, the program provides $1,000 scholarships to eligible graduating high school seniors across its service area. This year, Cumberland Farms has awarded $130,000 in Believe and Achieve Scholarships to 28 students in Massachusetts, 14 in Florida, 19 in New York, 10 in New Hampshire, 24 in New Jersey, eight in Connecticut, six in Maine, seven each in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, six in Vermont and one in Maryland.

“Thanks to the Believe and Achieve Scholarship, Cumberland Farms has helped to make my dream of attending college achievable,” said 2014 scholarship recipient Felicia Amon of Port Orange, Fla., who is attending the University of Miami this fall. “This generosity has not only reduced my financial burden, it will also enable me to focus on my studies in order to get the most I can from my college experience.”

Thanks to the assistance provided by these scholarships, past recipients have attended a wide cross-section of institutions.

“We started the Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program to help young adults succeed, so we couldn’t be more proud of the difference we are making in their lives,” said Ari Haseotes, CEO of the Cumberland Gulf Group of Companies. “Over the past eight years, we have helped more than 900 students from the communities we serve attend college, and gain the skills and knowledge they need to excel in the future.”

The program is open to students entering a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited college, university or vocational-technical school in the fall of 2014 who live within 30 miles of any Cumberland Farms store. The application process for next year’s scholarship program opens this month.

Since formalizing its Corporate Giving Program eight years ago, Cumberland Farms has donated millions of dollars in cash and products to causes that directly benefit thousands of young people through scholarships, direct-to-school programs, youth sports, local fundraising and more. For more information, visit www.cumberlandfarms.com.