Culver’s VIPScholarship Program has awarded $278,000 to further the education of 246 team members nationwide in 2011.

Culver’s VIPFoundation is a tax exempt, not-for-profit entity developed in 2002 to assist young team members in achieving their goal of earning a college or technical school degree. This year, Culver’s gave away the largest number of scholarships since the chain began its program in 1993.

“Our commitment to our team members begins at the restaurant level where we teach them responsibility, leadership, and teamwork skills,” says Lea Culver, executive director of the VIPprogram. “Through the VIPwe are able to extend our commitment by helping them reach their long term goals.”

Primary financial support of the program comes from the generous contributions of Culver’s supplier partners. Other funding comes from franchisee support, funding from Culver Franchising System, and special events. Team members submit applications for funding and judging teams are made up of supply partners and educators.

Since 1993, Culver’s has invested more than $1.8 million in student scholarships to more than 1,800 team members. All 2011 scholarship recipients will be invited to a VIP recognition ceremony at the River Arts Center in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, and a reception celebrating their accomplishments at Culver’s Support Center in August.

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