Cumberland Farms Awards 130 Believe & Achieve Scholarships

C-store retailer has helped more than 900 students since program inception

Cumberland Farms Believe & Achieve (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores)

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Cumberland Farms has announced that it has awarded 130 talented high-school seniors from 11 states with Believe & Achieve Scholarships to help them attend college in the fall of 2014.

The convenience store chain's scholarship program began eight years ago and has provided more than 900 college-bound young adults with critical financial assistance to help them realize their dreams of achieving 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 & 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 & 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 including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Purdue, University of Massachusetts, Clemson, Florida State, University of Michigan, Princeton, University of Florida, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York University, University of Miami and more.

"We started the Believe & 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 Cos.

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. Scholarships were awarded based on a student's academic performance, as well as the student's financial need.

The application process for next year's scholarship program will open in October, 2014.

Framingham, Mass.-based Cumberland Farms is a family-owned and -operated chain of more than 600 convenience stores in 11 states.

Part of CSP's 2014 Convenience Top 101 retailers