The Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship Fund Receives Support from Customer Donation Program at Giant Eagle City Locations
PITTSBURGH, March 27, 2012 – The Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship Fund and Giant Eagle, Inc. announced today that the multi format food and fuel retailer is conducting an in-store, at-the-register campaign at 10 city of Pittsburgh locations for shoppers to make donations to The Pittsburgh Promise, a scholarship program aimed at removing the financial barrier to higher education for eligible students graduating from the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Donations of $2 and $5 will be accepted at all check-out registers through Saturday, April 21, at 10 participating Giant Eagle city supermarkets, including: the Squirrel Hill, Greenfield, Brighton Heights, Parkway Center, Crafton, North Side, East Hills, South Side, and Shakespeare Giant Eagle locations, as well as the Shadyside Market District. Shoppers simply need to ask their cashier, or prompt the self-check-out terminal, to add the donation to their grocery total.
Since 2008, The Pittsburgh Promise has awarded more than $25 million in scholarships to more than 3,200 graduates of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. This year, during the 100th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, the first class of Promise scholars will complete their four-year college program.
“Improving the quality of life in Pittsburgh has been an important part of Giant Eagle’s history since our first stores opened in the city nearly a century ago” said David Shapira, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors for Giant Eagle, Inc. “Helping our young people become model citizens is a guiding principle we take very seriously. Supporting The Pittsburgh Promise is a way for everyone to help create a more educated workforce for the future of the communities we serve,” added Shapira.
“On behalf of all Promise scholars, I am so grateful to Giant Eagle for their commitment to education and for their continuing investment in our region’s quality of life. Pittsburgh is blessed to have such a great company, and I am proud to have their support for The Promise” said Saleem Ghubril, executive director of The Pittsburgh Promise.
About Giant Eagle Stores
Giant Eagle Inc. is one of the nation’s largest food retailers and distributors with approximately $9.3 billion in annual sales, which would make the company the 27th largest privately held company on Forbes magazine’s largest private corporations list. Giant Eagle is also a recipient of Grocery Headquarters’ 2007 Retailer of the Year Award and the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Retail Partner of the Year Award. Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle, Inc. has grown to be the number one supermarket retailer in the region with 175 corporate and 54 independently owned and operated supermarkets in addition to 168 fuel and convenience stores throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia and Maryland.
About The Pittsburgh Promise
The Pittsburgh Promise, a scholarship program for Pittsburgh Public School students, advocates for improving the quality of education and increasing the preparedness and diversity of the region’s workforce. Pittsburgh has the largest Promise program in the United States. For more information about The Pittsburgh Promise, visit www.pittsburghpromise.org