Boston Pizza Delivers $300,000 with Annual Employee Scholarship Program

Awards 33 Employees with Scholarships for the Upcoming School Year

August 23, 2012, Toronto, ON – With the upcoming school year set to begin, Boston Pizza proudly announced the recipients of 33 post-secondary scholarships awarded to restaurant employees across the country.

“Boston Pizza is proud to help our employees realize their academic goals through our popular scholarship program,” said Caroline Schein, Vice President, People and Operations Development, Boston Pizza International. “Through this program, we are able to support our employees’ pursuit of a post-secondary education while also keeping them with us as they learn valuable life skills working in our restaurants.”

Since 2007, the Boston Pizza International Scholarship Program has recognized 201 employees for their achievements at work and school, as well as within their local communities, with a $1,500 scholarship each. This year 33 scholarships were awarded to Boston Pizza employees across Canada for a total of $49,500.

Eligible applicants are subjected to a rigorous evaluation process that involves an academic review based on actual transcripts, an internal evaluation from their General Manager, and a personal essay submission. A national scholarship committee evaluates the submissions and helps select the deserving recipients.

“Boston Pizza is one of the largest youth employers in Canada and we believe in encouraging continued education and development of our employees,” explained Schein. “We are proud to have awarded more than $300,000 since the program began six years ago.”

“I cannot begin to explain how much it means to me to be chosen among the so many worthy applicants. Boston Pizza has played a huge role in many aspects of my life and has given me many opportunities to succeed in school, work and athletics,” says 2012 scholarship award winner Logan Madill from Boston Pizza’s Collingwood location. “Financially, this award is going to make a huge difference in my post-secondary education at McMaster University.”

This year, Boston Pizza also launched a scholarship program to support the dependent children of corporate employees. Three $1,500 scholarships were awarded in the first year of this initiative.

2012 Boston Pizza International Scholarship Award Recipients:

Western Canada

Jaymes Barone - Grenier Place
Marla Bettencourt - Birchwood
Melanee Bryniawsky - Vernon
Andrew Burant - Regina East
Courtney Cauthers - St. Vital
Steven Duda - Morden
Gabriel Furman - Grant Park
Rosalie Girouard - Polo Park
Amanda Hay - Columbia Square
Travis Lukey - Fleetwood
Jennifer Murdoch - Ironwood
Sarah Mutch - Kenaston
Kerri Onotera - Pembina
Chloe Pangrass - Terwillegar
Brenna Pomanski - Selkirk
Alaina Terpstra - Clareview
Kelsey Vass –Delta
Stephanie Whalen - Walnut Grove
Eastern Canada
Sabrina Bruton - Orleans
Ryan Campagnola - Erbsville
Jacob Chouinard - St. Thomas
Emily Cordes - Wonderland
Katya D’Costa - Square One
Brad Donovan - Sydney
Kristen Gwalchmai - Wellington
Aaron Koch - Kenora
Christine MacCormack - Lindsay
Logan Madill - Collingwood
Kristen Reid - Burlington South
Brenda Spicer - Brockville

Quebec

Audrey Deslongchamps - Mirabel
Alexandre Ricci - Laval
Marie-Flavie Rodrigue - Saint-Georges

About Boston Pizza

Boston Pizza International Inc. is Canada’s No. 1 casual dining brand with more than 340 restaurants in Canada. Annually, Boston Pizza serves more than 40 million guests. The company has been recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. Boston Pizza International Inc. is located in Richmond, B.C. and has regional offices in Mississauga, Ontario and Laval, Quebec. For more information visit www.bostonpizza.com.

Contact:

Perry Schwartz
Director of Communications, Boston Pizza International
905-361-3616
schwartzp@bostonpizza.com

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