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Sheetz, Penn State Partner on Tuition Discount

Retailer has long history with the university

ALTOONA, Pa. — A new partnership Sheetz Inc. and Penn State university will provide educational benefits to the between convenience-store retailer’s employees.

Through the agreement, Sheetz employees and their spouses and legal dependents are eligible for a 5% tuition reduction on undergraduate and graduate degree programs through online or in-person learning at select campuses.

Eligible employees can use the benefits online at Penn State World Campus or at the Penn State Altoona and Penn State Great Valley physical campuses. Employees and their family members must apply for admission and be accepted to receive the benefits.

Sheetz in No. 14 on CSP’s 2020 Top 2020 ranking of c-store chains by size. The family-owned c-store chain has approximately 20,000 employees and 600 locations in the Mid-Atlantic states.

“Day in and day out, Sheetz strives to create a place where employees know they are valued and have the chance to grow,” said President and COO Travis Sheetz. “We are proud to partner with Penn State Altoona and Penn State World Campus to offer our employees new educational and growth opportunities.”

The agreement also provides webinars designed for Sheetz employees.

“Penn State Altoona has a long history of collaborating with communities and businesses in our surrounding area, and we are proud of these relationships, including our relationship with Sheetz,” said Lori Bechtel-Wherry, Penn State Altoona’s chancellor and dean.

The campus’s relationship with Sheetz is a symbiotic one, she said. The company was founded in Altoona, Pa., and several members of its senior leadership team serve on Penn State Altoona boards. In addition, campus officials work closely with Sheetz leaders to create opportunities for students, such as arranging internships at the company and designing class projects to assist Sheetz in its business endeavors.

Bechtel-Wherry said the ongoing philanthropy of Steve and Nancy Sheetz has helped transform the lives of many Penn State Altoona students. The Sheetz family has contributed scholarship support and created the Sheetz Fellows Program.

“The Sheetz company was founded in our city, and we enjoy a strong partnership with Sheetz,” Bechtel-Wherry said. “Penn State Altoona is the first Commonwealth Campus to enter into such an agreement with Sheetz, and we are pleased with our continued partnership with them.”

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