Brookshire Grocery Co. Establishes ‘Focus on the Future’ Scholarship Endowment at Jarvis Christian College
UNCF-member institution Jarvis Christian College is pleased to announce the endowment of a scholarship for its students as part of Brookshire Grocery Company’s (BGC) “Focus on the Future” scholarship program. The $25,000 endowment is part of a larger initiative involving more than 40 colleges and universities in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. In addition to the scholarship endowment, the Company has granted Jarvis Christian College $10,000 to help address COVID-19 – induced food insecurity amongst its students while they are accessing their classes remotely. A recent survey sponsored by the College showed that a significant number of its students live in food insecure environments, which compromises their learning while they are at home. All College classes are being offered remotely for the Fall 2020 Semester. Together, the two initiatives are a 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 the “Focus on the Future” program, which will help thousands of students achieve their dreams for years to come,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Co. “We support our local communities and value education which is one of our top philanthropic efforts. So many families and individuals have been financially impacted by the pandemic. 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.
Focus on the Future is representative for 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 the community leaders of tomorrow.
“Jarvis Christian College is most pleased to receive this gift from Brookshire Grocery Company; the scholarship will help many deserving Jarvis students fulfill their dreams of a solid collegiate education in perpetuity,“ said Dr. Lester Newman, President of the College. “We at Jarvis are also thankful for the Company’s assistance as we continue to find ways to address the food insecurity challenges facing many of our students; it takes the generosity of individuals and companies like Brookshire’s for higher education institutions like Jarvis Christian College to fulfill their missions. We hope that this is the beginning of a mutually-beneficial long term partnership with Brookshire Grocery Company,” Dr. Newman noted.
Based in Tyler, Texas, BGC is a regional family-owned grocery business that employs more than 15,000 individuals throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. The company operates more than 180 stores under the Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, FRESH by Brookshire’s and Spring Market banners, along with three distribution centers and corporate offices.