MILWAUKEE (April 30, 2013) – Milwaukee-based Cousins Subs® awarded four high school students $12,000 in scholarships as part of its inaugural Wisconsin Sports Awards Scholarship. Brianna Messner of Seymour was the grand prize winner of the two female finalists, winning a $5,000 scholarship.
Brianna has been an active member of her high school basketball and soccer teams freshmen – senior year. In addition, she played volleyball as a freshman and sophomore and managed the boys’ soccer team her junior and senior years.
She has also maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA. Brianna will attend the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay in the fall and will double major in Education and Spanish. She will also be a member of the university’s Division I women’s soccer team.
Cousins Subs also awarded a $5,000 scholarship grand prize to David Holzer of Hartford, and a $1,000 scholarship prize to Courtney Kalous of Menomonee Falls and Jace Simonson of Richland Center. The winners were awarded at the GKB Events Wisconsin Sports Awards, Thursday, April 18th at the Harley-Davidson Museum.
“I cannot even begin to express my appreciation for this great honor,” Messner remarked. “The whole experience was amazing and I will never forget it! The chance to meet and mingle with all of the amazing athletes at the Wisconsin Sports Awards was incredible and inspiring!”
The scholarships were funded through Cousins Subs’ Make It Better Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization established by Cousins Subs earlier this year. The Make It Better Foundation addresses three areas of interest that are vital to any community: health and wellness, hunger and youth education.
“Cousins Subs has a longstanding tradition of commitment to the communities we serve,” said Christine Specht, president and COO at Cousins Subs. “We have supported a multitude of causes and organizations throughout our 41-year history. This scholarship program is an exciting addition to our support of youth education and health and wellness, and a perfect example of the kinds of programs we want to support.”
A total of 534 applications were received from throughout the state for the scholarship contest.
"All of us at Cousins were extremely impressed with the quality of the applications that were sent in,” said Justin McCoy, vice president of marketing, Cousins Subs. “To have over 500 applicants interested in our scholarship program, especially during the contest’s first year, is remarkable. We had to make some very tough decisions when choosing our winners. We are looking forward to next year’s scholarship program already.”
Cousins Subs® and its franchisees operate more than 140 sub sandwich shops in six states, with bold expansion plans. The first Cousins Subs was established in Milwaukee in 1972 by Bill Specht and his cousin. Their dream was to bring East Coast-style sub sandwiches to Milwaukee – with their own handcrafted touch. They started with their bread, developing a secret recipe with the perfect taste and crunch. That bread is the cornerstone of the Cousins Subs slogan, “Better Bread. Better Subs. Better Day.” The original recipe is still closely followed at every Cousins Subs store, where each sandwich is made to order using freshly sliced deli meats, cheeses, and vegetables – and the bread is baked fresh each day. Forty-one years later and still family owned, Cousins Subs employees and franchisees are driven by their mission to “Make it a Better Day” in all they do. In 2013, the brand proudly announced the establishment of the Make it Better Foundation, dedicated to funding causes that address health and wellness, hunger and youth education in the communities that Cousins Subs serves. For more information, visit www.cousinssubs.com. You can also find Cousins Subs on Facebook and Twitter.
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