Four-year collegiate scholarships awarded to seven students employed by Erickson Living retirement community
HOUSTON, TX---Honoring academic excellence and achievement in the work place, Eagle's Trace retirement community announced the recipients of its 2012 Student Scholars' Awards during a ceremony held in June.
Seven students currently attending college and high school and employed by the Dining Services Department of the Erickson Living retirement community earned scholarships for their collegiate careers. The value of these awards is $1,000 per year for a four-year total of $4,000 paid directly to the accredited higher education program.
"This is a special celebration of teamwork," described Mr. Ben Cornthwaite, Executive Director of Eagle's Trace. "We thank the families for sharing their young men and women with us and preparing them for work. We appreciate the generous donations made by our residents and community partners for the scholarship awards. And mostly, we thank the dining service students for sharing their passion and energy at Eagle's Trace."
The majority of the scholarship money is raised through a coordinated campaign held in the spring involving the residents of Eagle's Trace and community partners.
$31,600 has been donated during the current scholarship drive to this point, announced Adiaha Itauma, a supervisor with the Dining Services team. Since the inception of the Student Scholar Program in 2007, over $259,000 has been raised.
Patricia Rapp, a resident of Eagle's Trace, is a member of the Scholarship Committee. "The students are fantastic," stated Ms. Rapp. "We are so proud of their service, and we hope that we can play a small, yet important, part in their receiving a college education and going on to do wonderful things in their lives."
Eagle's Trace employs forty-four local students for its distinct dining areas. To qualify for a scholarship, a student must work 1,000 hours and maintain a C or higher grade point average.
For students, there is much more responsibility than just coming to work. Prior to serving meals, student employees participate in a daily pre-shift meeting, where managers review the menu and the specific focus of the evening. They are expected to provide excellent customer service to residents; when their shift is finished, students can also eat for free.
Eagle's Trace Student Scholar Class of 2012: Ambresha Bennett, George Coreas, Albert Itauma, Bryan Machado, Leonel Najera, Veronica Romero & Jackie Vanoye
About Eagle's Trace: Eagle's Trace, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment. Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind. Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits. A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average. For more information, please visit www.ericksonliving.com.