Nick and Perry Sumas founded Village Super Market, Inc. in 1937. They were brothers and Greek immigrants who came to the United States in search of the “American Dream.” Neither had a formal education, but they both believed that with diligence and determination came opportunities that could only be found in this country. They cared deeply about their associates. They were proud that they were able to provide steady work for so many people, and an opportunity for the next generation to obtain a formal education as a result. In honor of these two men, the following generations of the Sumas family want to expand the opportunity for scholarship funds to more people across the company.
This year we will be awarding up to $51,000 in scholarships for undergraduate education. Once eligibility criteria is met:
There will be one $1,000 scholarship recipient from each of our thirty eight stores, plus one from the Perishable Distribution Center, one from the MFC, and one from our corporate office team.
In addition, this year we will offer TWO $5,000 scholarships to Village Associates who demonstrate our purpose of Helping Families Live Better both in our stores and in their communities.
No separate application is required for the additional $5,000 scholarships.
All recipients must reapply each year.
Current full or part-time employees (union or non-union) OR children or grandchildren of current employees of Village Super Market who have been employed for at least six months at the time of application.
High school seniors entering college next year or current college students.*
*The scholarship may be used at any accredited college, university or professional school in the United States.
How To Apply
All applications will be done via an online form. Applications are due by 5/19/23.
A Village Super Market selection committee will select the scholarship recipients.
In evaluating the applicants, the committee considers the applicant’s grades, written essay, and financial need.
Applicants and/or the corresponding family member who is a Village associate (parent or grandparent) must be a current associate in good standing (no voluntary or involuntary termination of employment), and free from disciplinary actions at the time the scholarship checks are issued. If not, the scholarship award will be forfeited.
All applicants will be notified of the results by May 27th, 2022.
This June, we celebrate our young, resilient team members who are graduating this year. Please join us in congratulating them as they take the next step of their journey.
Our leaders and our fellow team members couldn’t be more proud of the work that these essential heroes have done for their family, friends, and neighbors. If you see these grads in store, wish them well on their continuing education and wish them luck!
During holidays like these, we’re reminded that our families are the most important of all. Village is dedicated to showing our appreciation for all of the moms who serve as essential grocery workers supporting our communities and help make Village the company that it is today. We have so much admiration for everything you do for us and your families!
We’ve asked Village mothers to submit photos of themselves or other mother figures in their lives. We’ve gotten great responses so far and we’ll continue to feature you on this blog as you send more photos.
Thursday, April 22nd is Bring Your Child To Work Day! While we’d love to host our littlest Village family members at our workplace, we’ve planned a home activity this year with everyone’s safety in mind. We’re excited for you to take this opportunity to spend some time with your children or grandchildren and have them learn a little more about what you get to do for our communities everyday!
Once it’s filled out, parents/grandparents/guardians should return them by Sunday, April 25th and they will be displayed for our customers to see until Sunday, May 2nd.
What kid doesn’t like snacks? After returning the sheet to us, we’ll have a snack for you to take home to them for a delicious reward!
Photos of each store’s “My Essential Hero” displays will be hosted on this blog page in the beginning of May. Tag us in your photos using @villagesupermarket and #villagefamilyvalues to share! We’d love to show off these walls celebrating guardians at work and a reminder that our loved ones at home care about the work that we do.
Thanksgiving is a time for us to show gratitude for our friends, families, and the good fortune in our lives; for Village Super Market, it’s a time for us to show you how grateful we are for your skill, courage, and incredible dedication to keeping our communities nourished and safe.
Throughout 2020, Village Associates have proven time and time again that they are committed to serving our towns and cities. Your hard work and dedication brought a sense of normalcy in uncertain times. Make no mistake — you are the very definition of “essential”, providing critical services in a time of great need!
The Sumas Family created a video so they could express their gratitude and pride for the everyday heroes we call our “Village Family”.
We wish you a safe, happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Eat well, be happy, and stay safe!
Each year, we host an awards luncheon to celebrate our stand-out Associates who show passion for their work, dedication to our customers and fellow team members, and live by our core values. This year, we opted to have in-store VSMAs on August 6th – 7th and announce our nominees and award recipients to the whole company through a video.
We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to celebrate our remarkable Associates — especially so in 2020, where essential workers like you became the heroes our communities needed. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding performers!
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for everything you do for us — you make Village Super Market, Inc. a great place to work and shop each and every day.
Despite 2020 being such an eventful year, let’s not forget that it’s still a shining milestone in the lives of some of our young Associates and their families. It’s the second year of our newly expanded Nick & Perry Sumas Scholarship Fund, and we’re proud to award 22 bright individuals with a $1,000 grant toward their higher education!
Thank you to all the Store Teams who pushed hard to inform our team members of this opportunity. We couldn’t be more proud to contribute to the success of our extended Village family and we look forward to providing more opportunities to next year’s applicants in the Spring of 2021!
Our young adults have faced a lot this year, as 2020 is a year for the history books. They’ve braved a novel global pandemic as well as unrest over long-standing societal issues in our country. The world will remember 2020 for its trials, but for our grads, it also marks the next step of their journey. They may have their traditional school ceremonies disrupted by the pandemic, but they deserve to be recognized for their achievements just as students from any other year would be — which is why we wanted to do something extra this year to recognize our graduates!
On Friday, 6/12, each store had its own customized ceremonial weekend:
Our grads were encouraged to wear their caps and gowns (with everyone else welcome to wear their school shirts or colors)
Each graduate received a celebratory “diploma” and a voucher for a small cake from our bakery department
Each store had their grads’ names read aloud on Village Radio with “Pomp & Circumstance” playing for that traditional graduation feel
The Sumas Family wanted to show their heartfelt appreciation for our students who faced unique challenges this year, so they created a video just for them:
Our Village family couldn’t be more proud of the work that these essential heroes have done for their family, friends, and neighbors throughout the past several months, and they deserved to be honored as they take their next steps into adulthood. We’re happy to do what we can to show these grads how we feel about them!
As we return to our “new” normal and celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, we’re reminded that our families are the most important of all during these uncertain times. Village is so proud of the dads who serve as essential grocery workers supporting our communities, and we’re providing a free donut this Saturday and Sunday to all our dads as a special treat. Additionally, all dads working on Sunday, 6/21 will receive a $10 gift card from the Sumas family as a show of thanks for taking the time to work on your special day!
We’ve asked you to submit photos for our video collage and you delivered in spades… Please take a moment to watch this message from Perry Blatt:
This weekend, we should think not only about our own families, but also of those in our towns and cities; the best way to show consideration is by practicing the safety guidelines recommended by the CDC when we’re out and about:
Wash your hands often
Maintain six feet of social distance whenever possible
Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering when around others
Cough and sneeze into your elbow
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
Monitor yourself for symptoms and take action
As essential workers, you are all experts in your community about COVID safety and you should take it upon yourself to be diligent with these measures and teach others. You can find additional CDC recommendations here to learn about strategies for protecting yourself when you leave your house.
Thank you everyone, and enjoy a wonderful Father’s Day!