Wal-Mart has awarded David Hill and Alexis Hilliard of Payson High School with a Sam Walton Community Scholarship. Each student received a $1,000 one-time, nonrenewable award. The Sam Walton Community Scholarship, named after the company's founder, is awarded annually to deserving college-bound high school seniors or students who will have obtained a GED certificate between Aug. 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007.
"We are excited to recognize these outstanding students and to help to fund their college aspiration," said Wal-mart manager, Quinn Cremer.
The Sam Walton Community Scholarship is one of three types of scholarships supported by the company to assist associates as well as the general community with college-related expenses, and Hill and Hilliard are among 85,112 students across the U.S. who applied to receive a Sam Walton Community Scholarship. Winners were selected based on financial need, academic progress, and school and community involvement. Scholarship Program Administrators, Inc. (SPA), an outside scholarship management service, assists in the selection and administration of the program.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has a long history of supporting education initiatives and in 2006 contributed more than $57 million to support local schools and universities, student scholarships, educational organizations and more. This year, the company will provide more than $8 million in scholarships.