Molly Astarita receives Iowa Grocers Education Foundation Scholarship

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times

Molly Astarita, a 2014 graduate of Ballard High School, has been awarded the Iowa Grocers Education Foundation Scholarship through the Iowa Grocers Education Foundation for the 2014-2015 academic year. Astarita was chosen for the $900 scholarship from an applicant pool of more than 400 students.

IGEF scholarships are awarded, based on academic merit, to sons and daughters of full-time employees whose firms are members of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association, a state trade association that represents the food industry, including chain and independent supermarkets, convenience stores, mass merchandisers, wholesalers, brokers, manufacturers and distributors. Young adults who work for an IGIA member company (either full-time or part-time) are eligible as well. Astarita, who is majoring in Spanish and will be a freshman at Wartburg College next year, received the Iowa Grocers Education Foundation Scholarship as an employee of Town & Country Market.

“The IGEF scholarship program provides us with an opportunity to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of individuals who have connections to the grocery industry. We are honored to help these deserving young people to obtain a college education and make their life dreams a reality,” says Michelle Hurd, president of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association.

Scholarships are provided by an endowment fund, established by the Iowa Grocers Education Foundation and its supporters.

“We are grateful to the many corporate sponsors and donors,” Hurd adds, “who participate annually in the Foundation process to make these scholarships possible.”