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Students to Benefit from Goal-Surpassing Contributions to Stripes Convenience Stores Scholarship Fund Campaign

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JANUARY 17, 2014 – Students at The University of Texas at Brownsville will soon benefit from the first Stripes Convenience Stores College Scholarship Fund. In a four-week, in-store fundraising campaign that ran Dec. 2-29, Stripes Convenience Stores’ customers contributed more than $530,000 at the 575 Stripes Convenience Stores located across Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

“This is wonderful news for our students as well as those at the other universities and colleges throughout these three states,” said Irv Downing, UTB Vice President for Economic Development and Community Services. “To witness such success in this first attempt is remarkable; it speaks for the community members who care about education and want to help their neighbors strive to make a better life for themselves and their families. We are grateful to Stripes for initiating this campaign, and we look forward to further collaboration in the future.”

UTB and all participating universities and colleges are eagerly awaiting the final numbers of how much funding they will receive from the campaign.

“Our customers purchased one-dollar Stripes College Scholarship Fund paper cut-outs during the December 2013 campaign to benefit local college students,” said Jessica Davila-Burnett, Stripes Stores public relations director. “Our goal for the first campaign was set at $400,000 and we surpassed it by well over $130,000 and to think this was accomplished one dollar at a time – we are so pleased with such a tremendous success.”

The Stripes College Scholarship Fund will award $1,000 scholarships to 533 students in the respective communities of the three-state area. Scholarships will be distributed in the 2014-2015 academic year, with the awards selected and managed by the participating community colleges and universities enrolled in the program.

“We are proud of our stores’ teams and the energy they put into the first annual Stripes College Scholarship Fund campaign,” said Steve DeSutter, Stripes Convenience Stores President and CEO. “We will make a difference in the lives of our youth by investing in them today through college scholarships. Again, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our customers for contributing over half a million dollars to further the education of so many students.”

For information on scholarships at UTB, contact Irene Cardenas in the Office of Financial Aid at 956-882-8277 or irene.cardenas@utb.edu.

For more information on the Stripes College Scholarship, visit Stripes Foundation.

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