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If you shop at KTA Super Stores, now is your chance to support a program that has been awarding scholarships to the University of Hawai`i at Hilo athletes since 2003.  Stock up on participating brands and the support for local college athletes will grow.

Between February 15 and March 14, shoppers who purchase certain advertised products in any of KTA’s six Hawai’i Island stores will be assisting the companies who sponsor the Score for Scholarships Program.  KTA donates $50 for every 3-point basket the Vulcans score during the basketball season; each goal in soccer is awarded $100; and, volleyball scores $50 for every ace serve. During baseball and softball games, the Vulcans receive $25 for strikeouts, $50 for doubles, $75 for triples, $100 for home runs and $500 for grand slams. Every time the Vulcans score, athletic scholarships grow. All funds raised through the program are deposited into the KTA UHH Score for Scholarships Endowment Fund.  That money goes to offset costs for tuition, room, board, books and other academic support services for student- athletes.

“The KTA Score for Scholarships Program has been important to us beyond measurement,” said UH Hilo athletic director Patrick Guillen. “We are thrilled for the opportunity that it gives our student-athletes, but equally important is the connection that it gives between the university and one of the most important businesses in our community. We are very proud and grateful to partner with KTA.”

To find out how you can support the endowment fund, look for special signage in each store. Participating brands include Hershey’s, ConAgra Foods, Nabisco, Gatorade, Kraft, Banana Boat, Hawaiian Sun, Diamond Bakery, Pepsi, Kellogg’s, Natural Directions, Roman Meal, Loves’s and Proctor & Gamble.