UniFirst Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients

Posted June 22, 2017 at 5:39 pm

UniFirst Corp., Wilmington, MA, recently announced the 2017 recipients of the company’s Aldo Croatti and Ronald D. Croatti Scholarship programs, according to a news release.

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 on May 23.

“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. “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.”

In 1936, Aldo Croatti founded UniFirst as a startup industrial laundry service, cleaning area worker coveralls out of a converted horse barn in Boston. He grew the business to about $100 million in annual revenues. In 1991, Ronald Croatti took over as its CEO and 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.

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, who will attend College of the Holy Cross. “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 the inception of the Ronald D. Croatti Scholarship Program.