October 30, 2020
East Texas Baptist University recently received $25,000 from Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) to establish an endowed scholarship program. BGC announced the establishment of the “Focus on the Future” scholarship program in partnership with East Texas Baptist University and more than 40 other universities and colleges in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. The program is designed to reward students in BGC’s market areas for their dedication, hard work, and outstanding academic achievements.
“We are very excited to launch a lasting program which will help thousands of students achieve their dreams for years to come,” Chairman and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Co. Brad Brookshire said. “We support our local communities and value education which is one of our top philanthropic efforts. So many families and individuals have been financially impacted by the pandemic. We are proud to be able to help those aspiring towards their dreams.”
The $25,000 donation to ETBU from BGC is a substantial representation of BGC’s dedication to education and giving back to those who aspire to build a better future in the communities it serves. The Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods “Focus on the Future” scholarship will provide tuition assistance to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the participating institutions starting in fall 2021. Requirements will vary by school, but the program intends to reward recipients based on financial need and leadership. The majority of the scholarships are established in perpetuity to be annual scholarships.
“East Texas Baptist University is thrilled to receive support from the Brookshire Grocery Company’s ‘Focus on the Future’ Scholarship program,” ETBU Vice President for Advancement Scott Bryant said. “Our students and their families benefit from scholarship support provided through endowments like this one. The Brookshire Grocery Company has a great reputation and has an outstanding history of serving our community well. East Texas Baptist University is thankful for the partnership with Brad Brookshire and the Brookshire Grocery Company.”
Focus on the Future is representative of BGC’s values. Since 1928, the company has operated on a strong foundation of core values. One of the six core values is “Results-Driven with a Future Focus” meaning BGC strives for positive results every day which allows the company to better serve customers, communities, and employee-partners. BGC intends for this scholarship program to award students, who need financial assistance to obtain a higher education, to focus on their endeavors to become the community leaders of tomorrow.
Based in Tyler, Texas, BGC is a regional family-owned grocery business that employs more than 15,000 individuals throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. The company operates more than 180 stores under the Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, FRESH by Brookshire’s, and Spring Market banners, along with three distribution centers and corporate offices.