Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) recently donated $25,000 to the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Foundation as part of their new “Focus on the Future” scholarship program, which is in partnership with more than 40 universities and colleges in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. This more than $1 million donation is a substantial representation of BGC’s dedication to education and giving back to those who aspire to build a better future in the communities it serves.
“We are very excited to launch a lasting program which will help thousands of students achieve their dreams for years to come,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO of Brookshire Grocery Co. “We support our local communities and value education, which is one of our top philanthropic efforts. The pandemic has financially impacted so many families and individuals. We are proud to be able to help those aspiring towards their dreams.”
This program is designed to reward students in BGC’s market areas for their dedication, hard work, and outstanding academic achievements. The Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods “Focus on the Future” scholarship will provide tuition assistance to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the participating institutions starting in fall 2021. Requirements will vary by school, but the program intends to reward recipients based on financial need and leadership. The majority of the scholarships are established in perpetuity to be annual scholarships. Applicants can find a complete list of schools with the Focus on the Future scholarship program at Brookshires.com/scholarship.
“We strive to support the Hope community and are excited to help UAHT students with their financial responsibility to achieve their goals,” said C.J. Johnson, Hope Super 1 Foods Manager. “I am proud to work for a company that is so dedicated to giving back to our local communities, especially during this unprecedented time.”
Focus on the Future is representative of BGC’s values. Since 1928, the company has operated on a strong foundation of core values. One of the six core values is “Results-Driven with a Future Focus,” meaning BGC strives for positive results every day, which allows the company to better serve our customers, communities, and employee-partners. BGC intends for this scholarship program to award students who need financial assistance to obtain a higher education to focus on their endeavors to become tomorrow’s community leaders.
“UAHT is exceedingly grateful to have a community partner like Super 1 Foods that helps make the pathway to student success a reality through scholarships like this,” said Anna Powell, Executive Director of the UAHT Foundation. “Historically, Super 1 Foods has supported our students through employment and flexible scheduling. I have personally seen many of our students who have worked at Super 1 Foods continue their education at a four-year university after graduating from UAHT. Thank you to Brookshire Grocery Company for investing in our students’ education and a better future for our community.”