Two Idaho Students Receive $2,000 Scholarship from Dr. Pepper and Stinker Stores
Dr. Pepper and Stinker Stores partnered to award two students with a $2,000 scholarship to cover educational expenses. The winners of this Text to Enter contest have been officially selected – STORIES and PHOTOS attached.
Boise, Idaho – Stinker Stores teamed up with Dr Pepper late last year to help two Idaho students defray the cost of a college education. Richard Holman of Ammon and Blake Bunney of Moscow are the recipients. Richard Holman of Ammon, Idaho – Upon receiving a phone call explaining the opportunity and how to enter, Richard quickly sent a text that would later change the future for his daughter Brooke. Holman will be gifting the $2,000 scholarship to his daughter who is attending Idaho State University. She is a non-traditional student with temporal lobe epilepsy which makes certain careers challenging for her. Brooke has chosen theater arts as her new path and this award will be a great help as the family has two other children in college. “I’m excited at the opportunity this scholarship will create for my daughter,” said Holman. “This truly could not have come at a better time.” Blake Bunney of Moscow, Idaho – Bunney is a hard worker managing two jobs and school at the same time. Growing up in Princeton, a small town in Northern Idaho, Blake later attended college at Jamestown in North Dakota where he played NAIA baseball. Currently, he is attending North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene where he is in the process of earning a plumbers apprenticeship and license. Working for a plumbing company and in the leather craft trade, Blake is dedicated to completing his education and paying off his student loans. “The pressures of working two jobs and going to school have been more intense than I would like. This scholarship helps a great deal and I’m looking forward to focusing on my career as a plumber,” said Bunney. “I’m thrilled that Stinker Stores and Dr Pepper brought this national contest to Idaho,” said Charley Jones, Owner and President of Stinker Stores. “Education helps strengthen the foundation of any community, and I’m happy to see that we helped these two winners complete their quest for higher education.” The program is part of the annual Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway, which awards more than $1 million in tuition prizes each year to students across the country. For more information on the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway, visit www.drpeppertuition.com. Stinker Stores, privately owned since 1936, is a leader in Idaho in the convenience store industry. Led by owner Charley Jones, Stinker has acquired and built over 30 new sites and currently operates over 65 retail operations in Idaho with more than 500 employees. Stinker markets food, convenience items and “Eco-friendly” Green fuels, such as E-85 and E-10 ethanol blended gas.