California Grocers Association Educational Foundation Launches New Website


Contact: Dave Heylen, V.P. Communications California Grocers Association
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California Grocers Association
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Sacramento, CA 95814

SACRAMENTO, CA, July 2, 2012 – California Grocers Association Educational Foundation today launched its new website,, to provide CGA member employees and their dependents with relevant and easy-to-find information on educational programs and scholarship offerings.

“We are very excited about the capability of our new website which allows us to share our mission of providing financial assistance to advance the educational goals of CGA member employees and their dependents and offer educational programs for the grocery industry,” commented CGAEF Chairman of the Board Jim Van Gorkom, NuCal Foods, Inc.

High school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students who are dependents of employees, or are themselves employed by a California Grocers Association member company looking to find college scholarship opportunities and tuition reimbursement information will have user-friendly navigation bars and drop-down menus on the homepage to shortcut to pages of interest.

“With the growth of the Foundation’s college scholarship program in recent years and the future expansion of our educational program, our website will serve as an important tool for us to share our unique story,” said Shiloh London, CGAEF Executive Director. “The site’s look and overall functionality will ensure an engaging experience for our users and a one-stop source for finding trusted, reliable information on grocery industry educational and scholarship opportunities.”

Additionally, the new site allows for online Foundation event registration and contains information about the Foundation’s 20-year history and governance activity and now shines a brighter spotlight on many of the 2,300 worthy college students that have benefited from the Foundation’s $2.7 million in educational awards since 1991.

Erica Hagaman is one of many recipients with a unique success story chronicled on the new website. She learned about CGAEF scholarship opportunities from her father Jim, a longtime employee of Gelson’s Markets in Newport Beach. Today she is a rising entrepreneur in Southern California and was recently featured on a national episode of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.

“The Foundation’s new website will give us a platform in which to share Erica’s story and so many others like hers,” said CGAEF Trustee Jacquie Slobom, Gelson’s Markets.

The new website also includes:

  • Detailed information on CGAEF funded, Legacy, Donor and Piggyback Partnership Scholarships;
  • Numerous resources for students, donors, and industry partners;
  • Online event registration and tuition reimbursement applications;
  • Webinars on a variety of grocery industry topics

The CGA Educational Foundation was created under the direction of the California Grocers Association Board of Directors in 1991 and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Its mission is to provide financial assistance to advance the educational goals of CGA member company employees and their dependents and offer educational programs to advance the grocery industry.

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