United Launches Student Success Center at Vernon College
The Vernon College building at the Century City Center in Wichita Falls will now be known as the United Supermarkets Student Success Center and the college will offer two United scholarships, the result of a $150,000 gift from the grocer to the Vernon College Foundation over the next five years.
“We are delighted to be able to solidify our partnership with Vernon College with this gift for the Student Success Center and new scholarship programs,” said Mark Yowell, regional VP of United. “The Vernon and Wichita Falls communities have been an important part of our company for more than 67 years now. We see this gift as an opportunity to acknowledge the support our guests have provided us for almost seven decades, while at the same time supporting one of this community’s most important institutions.”
The announcement came at a special ceremony and reception Monday, Oct. 21 at the Century City Center in Wichita Falls.
The first scholarship is designated to United Supermarkets team members and their dependents who are attending Vernon College. The second is the first endowed dual-credit scholarship for area high school students.
Past gifts from United have provided scholarships, scoreboards for King Physical Education Center and support to the Vernon College Foundation General Fund.
“The United Supermarkets Student Success Center inside the northwest entry way houses a one-stop shop to assist students,” said Dr. Dusty Johnston, Vernon College president. “Admissions, Counseling, Advising, Financial Aid, Testing, Library, Business Office, and the Pass Center are conveniently accessible to students to assist them in meeting their educational goals. In addition, the support from United Supermarkets for scholarship opportunities for their employees as well as area dual credit students exhibits great support for educational opportunities.”
Lubbock, Texas-based United operates 57 stores under four unique brands: United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos and United Express, along with subsidiary operations R.C. Taylor Distributing, Praters and Llano Logistics.