Share your dreams with Dollar General and you could win $50,000
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation, along with partners
Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Unilever, Sun Products and Reckitt
Benckiser, will give thousands of dollars in educational grants,
including a grand prize of $50,000, to deserving students or would-be
students with big dreams.
The "I Can" essay contest asks what you would do with $50,000 for your
education. To enter the "I Can" essay contest, submit a 250-word essay
about how you would use $50,000 to further your education. All
submissions must be received by August 31, 2011.
"Education is the cornerstone of growth and prosperity in all aspects of
business and life," said Denine Torr, Dollar General's director of
community initiatives. "In today's world, education can have a high
price tag, but cost shouldn't be a deterrent to pursuing one's dreams.
Through the ‘I Can' essay contest, we want to open doors for students
seeking to better themselves through education."
Supporting education and literacy has been a key initiative for Dollar
General since the company was founded. J.L. Turner, co-founder of the
company, was forced to quit school at age 11 to support his family. He
went on to build the company now known as Dollar General, and left a
legacy of support for education. This dedication to education lives on
today and was the inspiration behind the "I Can" essay contest.
"Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser and Sun
Products are very excited to be partnering with Dollar General again
this year," said Jennifer Carter, shopper marketing manager,
Kimberly-Clark. "The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a fantastic
program, and we are happy to contribute to their efforts through
programs like this back-to-school essay contest."
The grand prize of the "I Can" essay contest is a $50,000 educational
grant and a trip to Nashville to accept the prize. Additional prizes
include three $25,000 educational grants, 20 $5,000 educational grants
and hundreds of Dollar General gift cards.
For the "I Can" essay contest's complete details and rules and to submit
your essay, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
Essay submissions are being accepted online at www.dollargeneral.com
through August 31, 2011. Entrants must be 18 years old and residents of
Dollar General's 35-state market area.
About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with more than 9,500
neighborhood stores in 35 states. Dollar General stores provide
convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items
such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as
well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low
prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy
and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy
Foundation has awarded more than $58.6 million in grants to nonprofit
organizations, helping more than 3.2 million individuals take their
first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English
proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
Tawn Earnest, 615-855-5209
Source: Dollar General
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