Culver's VIP (Very Important Partners) Scholarship Program has awarded $295,000 to further the education of 246 team members nationwide in 2012.
Culver's VIP Foundation Inc. is a tax exempt not-for-profit entity developed in 2002 to assist team members in achieving their goal of earning a college or technical school degree. This year's 246 recipients make up one of the largest groups to benefit from the program since Culver's began funding scholarships in 1993. Since then, Culver's has invested more than $2 million in student scholarships to more than 2,000 team members.
"I'm so impressed with our team members who provide quality food and service to our guests every day. It's an honor to commit to them by teaching them responsibility, leadership and teamwork skills within our restaurants," said Lea Culver, executive director of the VIP program. "The VIP program allows us to help them reach their longer term goals."
Primary financial support of the program comes from contributions of Culver's supplier partners. Other funding comes from franchisee support, funding from Culver Franchising System Inc. and special events. Team members submit applications for funding and judging teams are made up of supply partners and educators.
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