Walmart Canada recognizes excellence in education through scholarship program

Retailer awards more than $120,000 in bursaries to 54 students across the country

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Walmart Canada announced today it has awarded a total of $124,000 in bursaries to 54 students across Canada through the Walmart Canada Scholarship program. Recipients were selected from more than 1,000 applicants and were evaluated based on academic achievement, financial need, extracurricular activities, community involvement and environmental stewardship. Since 1994, Walmart Canada has sponsored more than 900 university and college scholarships totaling more than $2 million.

The three scholarship programs offered are:

  • Community Scholarship for graduating high school students. Valued at $4,000 over four years.
  • Associate Scholarship for associates and their children. Valued at $2,000 over one year.
  • Lou Puim Memorial Scholarship for associates and their children pursuing a career in marketing or communications. Valued at $4,000 over four years.

"Walmart Canada is committed to being a good neighbour and supporting the communities where we do business," said Erin Mackey, manager of community giving for Walmart Canada. Each year, the company awards a number of scholarships to help realize the academic dreams not only of students, but the associates working in our stores and their families. Our scholarship program is just one of our many programs which demonstrate Walmart's longstanding commitment to education and supporting Canadian families."

Walmart Canada has one of the strongest community involvement programs in Canada. In 2013, the company donated and raised $23 million to charities and organizations in need. Since 1994 the company has donated and raised more than $200 million to support families in need.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 391 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada's flagship online store, www.walmart.ca, is visited by 300,000 customers daily. With more than 95,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada's largest employers and is ranked one of the country's top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada's extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has donated and raised more than $200 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca, facebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.

SOURCE Walmart Canada

For further information: Alex Roberton, Director of Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada, 416 526-0981, Alex.Roberton@walmart.com