|Brunswick Awards 28 Scholarships to Children of Brunswick Dealership Employees|
LAKE FOREST, Ill., Aug. 24, 2010 – Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), a market leader in the marine industry, and the Brunswick Foundation recently awarded 28 sons and daughters of dealership owners and employees in the U.S. and Canada, a total of $56,000 in college scholarships to assist those students with their tuition fees. The Brunswick Foundation Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program recognizes recipients for their academic excellence, leadership capabilities and civic involvement during the past school year, and are chosen by an independent committee of academic professionals at leading Midwestern universities.
"I am truly appreciative for receiving a Brunswick scholarship this year,” said scholarship recipient Randilea Nichols, whose father is Randy Nichols, president and chief executive officer of Nichols Marine in McAlester, Okla. “I sincerely thank Brunswick Corporation for its generosity and support towards my future as well as my college tuition costs.”
The Brunswick Dealer Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program is part of Brunswick Dealer Advantage, a wide ranging group of dealer support services available to over 5,000 Brunswick marine, Life Fitness and Brunswick Billiards dealers in the U.S. and Canada. Brunswick Dealer Advantage offers valuable tools that help dealers to build long-term profitability and value in their businesses and help them succeed.
"We are so proud of our sons Colby and Patrick for winning scholarships this year, and we are so thankful for the Brunswick Foundation and Brunswick Dealer Advantage for their support,” said parents Rob Brown and Nancy Fortier-Brown of Clark Marine in Manchester, Maine. “Our dealership benefits from several Dealer Advantage features, and the scholarships are just one more way that Brunswick is showing us that they support our dealership and our families."
In the U.S., Brunswick marine dealers can leverage leading retail services like Blue Water Finance, Brunswick Product Protection, BoatTrader.com and Channel Blade to attract new customers. Under Dealer Advantage, dealers may also offer major employee benefits and rewards programs such as General Motors supplier pricing, AdvantageCare healthcare and Aetna dental and vision, as well as enjoy preferred terms on key operation services like Brunswick Acceptance Corporation floor financing, Staples office supplies, US Bank credit card processing, UPS shipping services, Arthur J. Gallagher business insurance and lots more. The number of programs a dealer can access increases based on the strength of the dealer’s partnership with Brunswick. Opportunities for scholarships are offered to Gold and Platinum-level dealers.
“Higher education is important in helping the next generation to prepare for success,” said Russ Lockridge, vice president and chief human resources officer for Brunswick Corporation. “It is an honor to be a part of helping these dealers and their children realize their dreams.”
“Brunswick Dealer Advantage and the Brunswick Foundation scholarship program allow us to directly help dealers and their families,” said Judith P. Zelisko, president of the Brunswick Foundation as well as Brunswick’s vice president - tax. “Brunswick Corporation has a long history of charitable contributions, and we are proud to be able to contribute again this year.”
The 2010 Dealer Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program recipients are:
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