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Highland Springs Honors Student Scholars

June 18, 2012

Collegiate scholarships awarded to four students employed by Erickson Living retirement community

DALLAS, TX---Honoring academic excellence and achievement in the work place, Highland Springs retirement community announced the recipients of its 2012 Student Scholars' Awards during a ceremony held in June.
Four students currently attending 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 $500 per semester for a four-year total of $4,000 paid directly to the accredited higher education program.
"These students represent the best and brightest," stated Chris Emmett, Executive Director of Highland Springs.  "We appreciate their outstanding service to our community as well as the generosity of our residents for making these scholarships a reality."
The majority of the scholarship money was raised through a coordinated campaign held in May involving the residents of Highland Springs and community partners.
To this point, over $31,000 has been donated during the current scholarship drive, announced Irene Vazquez, Human Resources Manager.
Helen Adele Johnson is a resident of Highland Springs who serves as Chair of the Scholarship Committee.  The retired school teacher from the Richardson Independent School District sees the power of education as a driving motivation for the program.  "We have the opportunity to provide a special legacy for their futures.  These students really care for us, and we are interested in their lives.  It's a special relationship," described Ms. Johnson.
Highland Springs employs eighty-two local students for its distinct dining areas.  To qualify for a scholarship, a student must work 1000 hours over a two-year period, be in good academic standing and interview before the Scholarship Committee.
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.
Highland Springs Student Scholar Class of 2012: Carmen Carrion, Carina Hernandez, Kyle Wong and Elisia Zapata.
About Highland Springs: Highland Springs, 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