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UTB Partners with Stripes Scholarship Fund to Benefit Local Students

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – DEC. 5, 2013 – Shoppers at Stripes Convenience Stores, during the month of December, will be asked by cashiers at the checkout counters: “Would you like to give a little to change a lot?”

Customers can elect to add $1 to their purchase to go toward scholarships that will directly benefit students at area colleges and universities, including The University of Texas at Brownsville.

UTB has joined with Stripes to participate in the company’s newly established Stripes College Scholarship Fund.

The four-week, in-store fundraising campaign that began on Sunday, Dec. 1 will be held at all 575 Stripes convenience stores located across Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The campaign will close on Sunday, Dec. 29. ‘

“Young people are our future, and there’s no better investment we can make in the communities where we live and work than helping our youth go to college,” said Sam L. Susser, Chairman, CEO, and President of Susser Holdings Corporation, the parent company of Stripes LLC, headquartered in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Funds collected in the campaign will be awarded as scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year and will be selected and managed by the colleges and universities participating in the program.

Criteria established by Stripes, and agreed upon by UTB, require recipients of the scholarships must be residents of designated counties, be enrolled full time, have a minimum 2.5 grade point average and demonstrate involvement in community activities. Stripes is underwriting all administrative costs to run the scholarship program.

In appreciation for their contribution, customers will receive a recognition cut-out that will be displayed in the store along with a free 12-ounce “Slush Monkey” coupon and a buy-one-get-one-free “Smokin’ Barrel” trail mix or “Smokin’ Barrel” peanuts bag offer.

“As we look to the future, we believe that education is the key to unlocking the potential for success,” Susser said. “Today, historically disadvantaged students are not reaching the same level of educational attainment as the general population, and it is our hope that by partnering with our customers and our team members, Stripes can positively impact this critical issue.”

Jessica Davila-Burnett, Public Relations Director for Stripes Convenience Stores, said the goal in the first year of this new company-sponsored campaign is to raise $400,000.

“We want to award $1,000 scholarships to 400 students in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma,” Davila-Burnett said.

For more information about the Stripes College Scholarship Fund, contact Laurie Howell, Executive Director of UTB University Relations, at 956-882-4334 or laurie.howell@utb.edu.

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