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. Jace Simonson was the runner-up of the two male finalists, receiving a $1,000 scholarship.
Jace participated on his high school football, wrestling and baseball teams from freshman through senior year. He served as team captain in both wrestling and football his senior year.In addition, he qualified for state in wrestling in 2012 and 2013. His senior class voted him “class athlete.”
Academically, Jace has maintained a 3.94 grade point average. He is an active member of the National Honor Society, the FBLA and the Senior Executive Board.
Jace plans on attending the University of Wisconsin – Platteville this fall. Because of his love of buildings, construction and architecture, he plans on majoring in Civil Engineering.
The other scholarship winners were David Holzer of Hartford and Brianna Messner of Seymour, $5,000 scholarships, and Courtney Kalous of Menomonee Falls, $1,000 scholarship. The winners were awarded at the GKB Events Wisconsin Sports Awards, Thursday, April 18th at the Harley-Davidson Museum.
“When it comes to giving, some people stop at nothing. That explains a little of how I felt with Cousins Subs WSA scholarship experience,” remarked Simonson. “From the moment I got the phone call saying that I was a finalist, the excitement continued to escalate. Being an avid sports enthusiast the Cousins Subs scholarship provided a once in lifetime opportunity for me. Interacting with the greatest players in the game on a personal level was truly amazing. The Wisconsin Sports Awards night is a night I will never forget.”
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 already looking forward to next year’s awards.”
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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