AU partners with hhgregg

Mon, 2007-01-22 11:33 -- univcomm
January 22, 2007

Anderson University is among several higher education institutions in Indiana to partner with appliance and consumer electronics retailer, hhgregg as it recently announced its sole corporate sponsorship of a 9/11-related scholarship program benefiting the children of Indiana’s police officers, firefighters and EMTs.

The hhgregg-Carl Asaro 9/11 scholarship fund will provide 30 scholarships annually, including a $5,000 first-place award to Indiana high school seniors graduating in the spring of 2007. The fund was created in 2002 to honor the memory of New York City firefighter Carl Asaro, who died in the collapse of World Trade Center 2 as he worked to rescue victims of the terrorist attacks. Asaro’s widow, Heloiza, personally directed the establishment of the Indiana fund in her husband’s memory after receiving a generous offer of financial support for her family from Hoosier businesses in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.

“It is so deeply gratifying to me that hhgregg has chosen to honor my husband’s memory in this way,” Mrs. Asaro said. “To know that children of Indiana’s public servants will have the opportunity to go to college because of hhgregg’s generosity says a great deal about the commitment of this company to serve a very important group of people.”

hhgregg President, Dennis May, said the company decided to sponsor the program after learning it was in need of funding to continue. “Indiana’s firemen, police officers and emergency workers have supported us since the day we opened the doors of our first store back in 1955. We all agreed that this program was an appropriate, truly meaningful way to say ‘thank you’ for the daily sacrifices they make. We serve Hoosiers from Clarksville to Fort Wayne so it only made sense to expand the program statewide instead of just central Indiana.”

“This is an inspiring partnership between a leading citizen business and some outstanding Indiana institutions of Higher Education, and Anderson University is so pleased to be the first among our colleague institutions to join in this effort,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “Once again it is the American spirit to make the very best of the worst of tragedies and to have the last word in favor of the next generation of students. We honor our heroes who are public servants of the highest order by these inspiring and life-changing initiatives.”

All scholarships are based on a minimum grade-point-average of 2.5, good attendance, letters of recommendation and a 1,000-word essay. Mrs. Asaro and several of Carl Asaro’s former colleagues at Engine 54 in Midtown Manhattan select the grand-prize-winning essay. This year’s essay theme requires the applicant to examine the significant changes that have occurred in our nation post 9/11.

In order to be eligible, students must be an Indiana resident and have a parent, step-parent or legal guardian who serves as a professional or volunteer fireman, police office, or paramedic. The children of permanently disabled professionals in these jobs are also eligible.

Application forms are available at all 15 hhgregg Indiana stores, public Indiana high schools, and online at either www.hhgregg.com or www.avatarpr.com. Applications may also be obtained via U.S. Mail by writing to Ernie Reno, president, Avatar Communications Group, 4310 Saratoga Parkway, Suite 600, Plainfield, Indiana 46168. The submission deadline is March 1, 2007.

For the first time, several Indiana colleges and universities have agreed to serve as strategic partners with the hhgregg scholarship program. Each will provide scholarships or other financial aid packages to scholarship winners who choose to enroll at their respective institutions.

2007 higher education partners include: Anderson University, Franklin College, Indiana State University, I.U.P.U.I., Manchester College, Taylor University, University of Indianapolis, University of Notre Dame, and Vincennes University.

hhgregg was founded in 1955 in Indianapolis, Indiana, by Henry Harold Gregg and his wife Fansy Throgmartin Gregg. Still family operated today, the company is the nation’s seventh-largest appliance retailer and the 24th-largest consumer electronics retailer with 75 stores in eight states. Store number 73 opens in Hickory, North Carolina in November. The company employs approximately 3,000 workers. For more information visit the News Desk at www.hhgregg.com.

hhgregg’s Indiana locations include Anderson, Bloomington, Clarksville, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, Muncie, Noblesville, Richmond and Terre Haute.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.