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Three Local Raleigh and Durham Students Named 2014 Kroger Scholars

Children of Local Kroger Associates Each Receive $1,000 Scholarship to Assist with Educational Expenses.

Durham, NC, September 24, 2014 --( The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer with 14 stores throughout the Triangle and North Carolina, has announced that three local students have been named 2014 Kroger Scholars. Each student will receive $1,000 to assist with educational expenses for the upcoming school year.

A program of The Kroger Co. Foundation, Kroger Scholars is open to children of associates across the Kroger family of stores. Funds can be used at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational program.

For the 2014-2015 school year, 366 students will receive Kroger Scholars awards. The three students selected from the mid-Atlantic division are as follows:

- Shea McCullough: A graduate of Panther Creek High School in Cary, North Carolina, Shea will begin her first year at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, this fall, where she intends to study English. She is the daughter of Mark McCullough, a seven-year employee of Kroger working at the Durham store at 3420 Southwest Drive.

- Taylor Mullens: A homeschool graduate, Taylor will begin her second year at Pensacola Christian College in Florida this fall, where she is studying elementary education. She is the daughter of Eddie Mullens, a 39-year employee of Kroger working at the Southwest Drive Durham store.

- Kimberly Varner: A graduate of Sanderson High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, Kimberly Varner will begin her second year at NC State University this fall, where she is a student in the Poole College of Management. She is the daughter of William Varner, a seven-year employee of Kroger working at the Raleigh store at 7905 Falls of Neuse Road.

“The Kroger Scholar program is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the families of our associates by helping ease educational expenses for their children pursuing higher education,” said Carl York, advertising and public relations manager for Kroger’s mid-Atlantic marketing region. “We are very proud of Shea, Taylor and Kimberly for their accomplishments, and we are so happy to be able to assist them and their families in this way. We wish each of them the very best of luck as they begin the new school year.”

About Kroger:
Kroger, the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer, has 14 stores throughout the Triangle, including Apex (1), Cary (1), Garner (1), Fuquay-Varina (1), Raleigh (4) and Durham (6). Headquartered in Cincinnati, the company employs more than 338,000 associates who serve customers in 2,439 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 788 convenience stores, 361 fine jewelry stores, 1,046 supermarket fuel centers and 40 food processing plants in the United States. Kroger focuses its charitable efforts on supporting hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives, and local organizations in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit
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