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TURLOCK — Gemperle Family Farms announced that the Gemperle family is creating the Gemperle Family Farms Scholarship Fund aimed at helping fund higher education for children and grandchildren of their employees.
The family has pledged up to $10,000 in scholarship funds in 2016.
“We are hoping our scholarship program can serve as a model for other medium-sized companies in Stanislaus County. A lot of work needs to be done to help bridge the gap between Stanislaus and the rest of the state,” Gemperle Family Farms President Steve Gemperle said in a press release. “We hope other businesses will partner with the Stanislaus Community Foundation to help families with limited financial means afford higher education.”
Awards from the fund will range from $1,000 to $3,000 per year and can be used towards tuition, institutional fees, books and school supplies. The scholarships will be awarded through the Stanislaus Community Foundation and can be renewed for up to four years.
The scholarships are available to all current employees who have worked for the company for a minimum of three continuous years. The applicant must attend an accredited two or four-year college or university, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and maintain a continuous, full-time enrollment of at least 12 units per semester.
Those wanting more information or to submit an application should visit www.StanislausCF.org, call (209) 576-1608 or email mali@StanislausCF.org. The Stanislaus Community Foundation Scholarship Committee, an independent community and volunteer organization, will review and select the final applicants. Finalists will be selected based on financial need, academic merit and personal statement.
“The majority of our Gemperle Family Farms employees have been with us for over five years. While we already offer a generous employment package with paid vacation and holidays, health insurance and a profit-sharing and pension plan for retirement, we knew we could do more,” Gemperle said.