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UniFirst Announces 2017 Aldo Croatti and Ronald Croatti Scholarship Recipients

WILMINGTON, Mass., June 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UniFirst Corporation (NYSE:UNF), a leading provider of work uniforms and facility services to businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada, recently announced the 2017 recipients of the company’s Aldo Croatti and Ronald D. Croatti Scholarship programs.

Both scholarship programs, founded to further expand UniFirst’s dedication to academic and professional enrichment for its employee Team Partners, are named for the company’s two past leaders, founder Aldo Croatti and his son Ronald Croatti, former chairman, CEO and president who passed away in May 2017. 

Aldo Croatti founded UniFirst as a startup industrial laundry service, in 1936, cleaning area worker coveralls out of a converted horse barn in Boston and grew the business to about $100 million in annual revenues. In 1991, Ronald Croatti took over as its chief executive and, under his leadership, more than quintupled UniFirst annual revenues to more than $1.5 billion. Today, UniFirst supplies uniforms to nearly 2 million workers at 300,000 customer locations and employs 13,000 Team Partners.

The Aldo Croatti Scholarship was established in 2004 to encourage and assist children of UniFirst employee Team Partners in their academic pursuits. Since its inception, UniFirst has granted 167 scholarships totaling more than $334,000.

The 2017 Aldo Croatti Scholarship recipients are as follows:
 
Kourtney Brown Clarion, Pa. Clarion University of Pennsylvania
     
Kaycee Cross Austin, Texas University of Texas at Austin
     
Elizabeth Fairchild Winter Park, Fla. Rollins College
     
Brooke Kelly London, Ontario Fanshawe College
     
Jacob Marcus Worcester, Mass. College of the Holy Cross
     
Victoria Moss Hammond, La. Southeastern Louisiana University
     
Anurag Pradhan College Park, Md. University of Maryland: College Park
     
Leslie Probus Murray, Ky. Murray State University
     
Allyson Reiffer Grand Rapids, Mich.                                                 Kuyper College
     
Myah Raye Vickers                                                           St. Petersburg, Fla. St. Petersburg College
     
Phillip Watt Calgary, Alberta University of Calgary
     
Alyssa Zupan Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina State University

Each year, 12 Aldo Croatti scholarships are awarded to students enrolled or enrolling in full-time undergraduate studies at an accredited two- or four-year college or vocational/technical school. Applications are open to children of full-time UniFirst or subsidiary employee Team Partners who have a minimum of one year of employment with the company.

“I’m extremely grateful to UniFirst for awarding me the Aldo Croatti Scholarship,” said Jacob Marcus, one of the 2017 scholarship recipients. “I’m proud that my academic achievements were recognized and thankful for the scholarship money, which will go a long way toward funding my college education.” 

The Ronald D. Croatti Scholarship, established in 2015, offers financial assistance to full-time UniFirst employee Team Partners who enroll in full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or vocational/technical school for an entire academic year. Team Partners are recommended by their supervisors for continuing education in one of three areas: information technology (IT), sales leadership, or business administration/leadership.

To date, UniFirst has awarded 24 scholarships totaling more than $91,000 since its inception.

Congratulations to the following UniFirst Team Partner recipients:
 
Kathryn Chapman Wilmington, Mass. Supply Chain
     
Andres De La Puente                                                     Baton Rouge, La. Business
     
Robert Harvey III Charlotte, N.C. Business Administration
     
Lynne Piper Wilmington, Mass. Business Administration
     
Gerald Smith Wilmington, Mass.                                                     Business Administration
     
Charles Stanec Wilmington, Mass. Business Management
     
Shane Williams Wilmington, Mass. Business Administration

“These scholarship programs were named after my father and brother, and it’s an immense honor to be able to carry on their memories in this way,” said Cynthia Croatti, executive vice president at UniFirst Corporation. “Aldo and Ron loved this company, along with every one of our employee Team Partners, and both placed a high value on education. We’re a family at UniFirst and it’s only fitting that their legacies will benefit many generations of our UniFirst family who place the same value on education and expanding their academic pursuits.”

About UniFirst
Headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., UniFirst Corporation (NYSE:UNF) is a North American leader in the supply and servicing of uniform and workwear programs, as well as the delivery of facility service programs. Together with its subsidiaries, the company also provides first aid and safety products, and manages specialized garment programs for the cleanroom and nuclear industries. UniFirst manufactures its own branded workwear, protective clothing, and floorcare products, and with over 240 service locations, 300,000 customer locations, and 13,000 employee Team Partners, the company outfits nearly 2 million workers each business day. For more information, contact UniFirst at 800.455.7654 or visit www.unifirst.com.

Contact:
Donna Kish
PR/Communications Specialist
UniFirst Corporation68 Jonspin Rd.Wilmington, MA 01887
978.527.3871
Donna_Kish@unifirst.com

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