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GameStop encourages employees to hit the books


New York -- GameStop wants its employees to pursue a higher education.

The retailer announced that 40 recipients have been selected to receive $100,000 in grants as part of the company’s “Power to the Scholars” scholarship program introduced earlier this year in partnership with Scholarship America Inc. The program invited employees of the GameStop family of specialty retail brands and their dependents to apply for the college scholarships, which is an extension of GameStop’s employee charitable foundation, the Gamer Fund.

“Our objective with this program was to encourage our employees and their dependents to achieve their personal and professional goals through higher education,” said Mike Buskey, president of the Gamer Fund. “At GameStop we are all about protecting the family, so, we are honored to be able to assist the scholarship recipients in their broader educational journeys, and look forward to seeing where they lead.”

Associates were encouraged to submit scholarship applications from May 1 through June 19, 2015, attracting applications from all 50 states and Puerto Rico. All 40 recipients will receive scholarships of $2,500 each for a grand total of $100,000 in college aid for the 2015-2016 school year.

Since launching in 2012, the Gamer Fund has provided more than $485,000 in assistance to associates in need. The employee-sponsored charitable organization provides financial grants to assist with short-term needs due to unforeseen emergencies or hardships. These events can include the loss of a home due to natural disaster or fire, a death of a spouse or child, or the inability to pay rent due to an illness or injury. The “Power to the Scholars” scholarship program is GameStop’s latest initiative to help protect and support its employees and their families.

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