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Stripes Donates $17,000 in Scholarships to NMJC

5/12/2014 9:16:02 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. Stripes Convenience Stores has donated $17,000 in customer donations to New Mexico Junior College Foundation as part of its Stripes College Scholarship Fund campaign. These funds will give 17 qualified students at NMJC $1,000 each to assist them with tuition, books, housing and other fees.

"Young people are our future, and there's no better investment we can make in the communities where we live and work than helping our youth go to college," said Sam L. Susser, Chairman, CEO, and President of Susser Holdings Corporation (NYSE: SUSS), the parent company of Stripes LLC.  "As we look to the future, we believe that education is the key to unlocking the potential for success. Today, historically disadvantaged students are not reaching the same level of educational attainment as the general population, and it is our hope that by partnering with our customers and our team members, Stripes can positively impact this critical issue."

Says Tina Kunko, Controller for the NMJC Foundation, “We are very grateful for these scholarship funds from Stripes. We have had over 185 applications for scholarships for the upcoming 2014/2015 school year.  This donation from Stripes will help many more students to achieve their education goals and succeed.”

This past December was the first year that store customers contributed more than $545,000 to the Stripes College Scholarship Fund campaign in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma, exceeding its goal of $400,000. Customers purchased one-dollar Stripes College Scholarship Fund paper cutouts during the campaign to help local students obtain a college education.

For more information about the Stripes College Scholarship Fund, visit www.stripesfoundation.com

For more information about the NMJC Foundation, contact Tina Kunko at 575.492.2782 or tkunko@nmjc.edu .

NMJC is a comprehensive community college promoting success through learning.

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