Palmetto High School Graduate Awarded 2015 Cumberland Farms Believe and Achieve Scholarship

Gardner Blackburn Heading to University of Florida with Help from Popular Convenience Store Retailer

Cumberland Farms announced today that Gardner Blackburn from Palmetto Bay is one of 130 talented high school seniors from 9 states to have been awarded Believe and Achieve Scholarships to help them attend college. Mr. Blackburn will be heading to University of Florida this fall.

Cumberland Farms’ popular scholarship program began nine years ago and has provided more than $1 million in critical financial assistance to over 1,000 college-bound young adults to help them realize their dreams of achieving a college education. This year, Cumberland Farms awarded $130,000 in Believe and Achieve Scholarships to 22 students in Massachusetts, 34 in Florida, 30 in New York, 17 in New Hampshire, 9 in Connecticut, 7 in Maine, 6 in Vermont, 3 in Rhode Island and 2 in New Jersey.

Click here to see Gardner and all of this year’s $1,000 scholarship winners, including a video from the announcement ceremony.

“The Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program was founded in 2006 with the goal of helping hard-working and accomplished young adults succeed.  After nine years, and helping more than 1,000 students with over $1 million in scholarships, we could not be more proud of the difference we are making,” said Ari Haseotes, CEO of Cumberland Farms. “Giving back to the community is an essential part of our company’s mission, and we look forward to helping additional students next year as we continue this important initiative.”

The program is open to students entering a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited college, university or vocational-technical school in the fall of 2015 who live within 30 miles of any Cumberland Farms store. Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s academic performance and financial need, as well as involvement in extracurricular activities such as community service and athletics. The application process for next year’s scholarship program will open in October.

Since formalizing its Corporate Giving Program nine years ago, Cumberland Farms has donated millions of dollars in cash and products to causes that directly benefit thousands of young people through scholarships, direct-to-school programs, youth sports, local fundraising and more.

About Cumberland Farms

Cumberland Farms makes life easier for busy people every day. What started in 1939 with a cow and a dream has grown into a network of convenience stores across 8 states. Three generations later, Cumberland Farms is still family owned and operated, and continues to reflect the values it was built upon: envisioning a better way to serve customers by providing the best possible products at the best possible prices. Whether you’re buying a cold Chill Zone drink, a hot or iced cup of Farmhouse Blend Coffee, or filling the gas tank, convenience and customer service are key. Cumberland Farms also has a long heritage of giving back to the communities where it operates, from feeding the hungry and serving the disabled, to supporting local sports teams and fundraising. For more information, please visit us at or follow us on Twitter here.

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