Vermont Grocers' Association recently announced its scholarship winners for the 2012-2013 academic year. Thirteen high school graduates were selected to receive grants to be applied to their college education expenses.

VGA's Scholarship Program was established to provide financial assistance to first-year students to further their education after high school. Funds are raised through a June golf tournament and several events at the organization's fall conference. This is the 23nd year the association has presented awards to students who are employed or are a dependent of an employee at a member store/company.

The following area students are recipients of $1,500 each:

â?¢ Jaymie Batchelder of Newbury, a 2012 graduate of Oxbow High School in Bradford: employer, Newbury Village Store. Planning to attend Montana State University in Bozeman.

â?¢ Hattie Brochu of Craftsbury, a 2012 graduate of Craftsbury Academy: employer, Craftsbury General Store. Planning to attend Southern Vermont College in Bennington.

The Vermont Grocers' Association is a non-profit trade association of approximately 670 Vermont food stores and over 225 suppliers to the industry. The organization provides members with a variety of educational, group programs and industry advocacy. It is headquartered in Montpelier.

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