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Wal-Mart and SAM'S CLUB To Give $6.9 Million In Scholarships

Graduate from small Louisiana town receives national award of $25,000 for college

BENTONVILLE, Ark., June 2, 2005 – More than 6,700 top-notch high school seniors and graduates will receive scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 thanks to the Sam M. Walton Community Scholarship program, funded by the Wal-Mart & SAM’S CLUB Foundation. Students from all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico find out this week if they are the lucky winners for their hometown and local store.

This year, Wal-Mart will provide a record total of $6.9 million in scholarships through the program. The name of each local and state scholarship winner can be found under their state and hometown at www.walmartfoundation.org under ‘Community Scholarships’.

From the small town of Napoleonville, La., (population of 800), high school graduate Julie Thibodaux has been named the National Winner of the Walton Community Scholarship and will receive the top award of $25,000 for college this fall. Her application was selected to receive the national award among all state and local winners in the program, which received 70,000 applications this year.

Up to two local winners are selected through every Wal-Mart store, SAM’S CLUB and Neighborhood Market across the U.S. and Puerto Rico to receive $1,000 each. State winners of the scholarship receive $5,000 for college.

“We hope that by helping so many young people reach their dream of a higher education, we can help improve the standard of living for families, local communities and our national community,” said Betsy Reithemeyer, vice president of Corporate Affairs over the Wal-Mart & SAM’S CLUB Foundation at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

The Sam M. Walton Community Scholarship program, now in its 25th year, is designed to provide financial assistance to graduating seniors for their high academic achievement and their participation in school extracurricular work and community service activities.

In order to qualify, a student must be in their senior year of high school, a U.S. citizen and have a minimum 2.5 grade point average. An independent panel of judges from Scholarship Program Administrators (SPA) select the recipients on the basis of financial need, academic record, ACT/SAT test scores, and school and community involvement.

Since its Community Scholarship program began, Wal-Mart has awarded more than $50 million in scholarship assistance. Wal-Mart, however, has provided more than $100 million in scholarship assistance over the last 25 years through many programs aimed at helping communities, organizations and young people reach their dreams of a higher education.
Sam Walton Community Scholarship Grants Awarded by State
Editor’s Note: Please go to www.walmartfoundation.org for a complete listing of scholarship winners in your local community.

State

Number of Award Recipients per State

State winner and Hometown (store location)

Dollars Awarded for 2005 per state

Alabama

184 winners

Megan Grant - Opp, AL (Andalusia)

$188,000

Alaska

19 winners

Venessa Williams - Kasilof, AK (Anchorage)

$23,000

Arizona

107 winners

Ashley Winter - Safford, AZ (Thatcher)

$111,000

Arkansas

172 winners

Elliott Trenton - Pryatt, AR (Flippin)

$176,000

California

347 winners

Nancy Campos - Stockton, CA (Stockton)

$351,000

Colorado

133 winners

Sunshine Reid - Villa Grove, CO (Salida)

$137,000

Connecticut

69 winners

Nicole Smith - Manchester, CT (Manchester)

$73,000

Delaware

14 winners

Tyrel Jackson - Dover, DE (Dover)

$18,000

District of Columbia

2 winners

Molly McArdle - Washington, DC (Alexandria)

$6,000

Florida

357 winners

Dana Overbaugh - Gainesville, FL (Gainesville)

$361,000

Georgia

219 winners

ThanhHang Tran - Jonesboro, GA (Morrow/Atlanta)

$223,000

Hawaii

18 winners

William Wilkerson - Pukalani, HI (Kahului – Maui)

$22,000

Idaho

42 winners

Krista Rigby - Rexburg, ID (Rexburg)

$46,000

Illinois

284 winners

Kelli Gibson - Manteno, IL (Bourbonnais)

$288,000

Indiana

191 winners

Mary Stevens - Jasonville, IN (Linton)

$195,000

Iowa

115 winners

Margareta Deboer - Boyden, IA (Sioux Center)

$119,000

Kansas

112 winners

Lisa Handke - Lancaster, KS (Atchison)

$116,000

Kentucky

157 winners

Ashley Roberts - Eminence, KY (LaGrange)

$161,000

Louisiana

167 winners

Julie Thibodaux* - Lapoleonville, LA (Thibodaux)

$191,000

Maine

49 winners

Samantha Coe - Augusta, ME (Augusta)

$53,000

Maryland

92 winners

Tiffany Fleet - Baltimore, MD (Catonsville)

$96,000

Massachusetts

96 winners

Abby Allsopp - Amesbury, MA (Seabrook)

$100,000

Michigan

189 winners

Philip Morgan - Detroit, MI (Taylor)

$193,000

Minnesota

112 winners

Amy Theis - Laporte, MN (Bemidji)

$116,000

Mississippi

127 winners

Anna Hughes - Fulton, MS (Fulton)

$131,000

Missouri

248 winners

Tony Melton - Marionville, MO (Republic)

$252,000

Montana

29 winners

Kathe Schmaing - Roundup, MT (Billings)

$33,000

Nebraska

56 winners

Colt Kraus - Taylor, NE (Kearney)

$60,000

Nevada

41 winners

Micheal Kominsky - Las Vegas, NV (Las Vegas)

$45,000

New Hampshire

48 winners

Elizabeth Hall - Newport, NH (Claremont)

$52,000

New Jersey

85 winners

Eric Kokuma - Montclair, NJ (Union)

$89,000

New Mexico

52 winners

Dax Contreras - Dax, NM (Las Cruces)

$56,000

New York

189 winners

Michael Peragine - Lindenhurst, NY (Messapequa)

$193,000

North Carolina

223 winners

Megan Leagon - Greensboro, NC (Greensboro)

$227,000

North Dakota

18 winners

Stephanie, Simonson - Fargo, ND (Fargo)

$22,000

Ohio

251 winners

Rachel Pickering - Kenton, OH (Bellefontaine)

$255,000

Oklahoma

190 winners

Jessi Pitman - Waukomis, OK (Kingfisher)

$194,000

Oregon

55 winners

Emily Powell - Lebanon, OR (Lebanon)

$59,000

Pennsylvania

236 winners

Wade Brown - North Versailles, PA (North Versailles)

$240,000

Rhode Island

18 winners

Amanda Sawyer - North Smithfield, PA (Woonsocket)

$22,000

South Carolina

127 winners

Kinston Vereen - Longs, SC (Myrtle Beach)

$131,000

South Dakota

19 winners

Cody Lundie - Hill City, SD (Rapid City)

$23,000

Tennessee

211 winners

Paul Scott - Savannah, TN (Savannah)

$215,000

Texas

702 winners

Stephanie Bension - Houston, TX (Houston)

$706,000

Utah

71 winners

Macgregor Whiting - Mapleton, UT (Springville)

$75,000

Vermont

9 winners

Ali Serrani - West Rutland, VT (Rutland)

$13,000

Virginia

166 winners

Tameka Jones - Richmond, VA (Richmond)

$170,000

Washington

79 winners

Taylor Powers - Kent, WA (Auburn)

$83,000

West Virginia

61 winners

Kathryn Schubert - Montrose, WV (Elkins)

$65,000

Wisconsin

166 winners

Heather Scriver - Kansasville, WI (Somers)

$170,000

Wyoming

21 winners

Elena Del Real - Lander, WY (Riverton)

$25,000

Puerto Rico

6 winners

Christina Alvelor - North Colegio De La Vega, PR (Manati)

$10,000

More information about Wal-Mart’s charitable giving per state and other initiatives can be found at www.walmartfacts.com. More information about the Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB Foundation is available at www.walmartfoundation.org.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM’S CLUB locations in the United States. Internationally, the company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The company’s securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com.

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