Suave and Dollar General Scholarships

Nationwide Contest Awards more than $85 000 in Scholarships

CHICAGO, IL (November 7, 2005) – Casey Buie has a little less to worry about when it comes to funding her education, thanks to Suave and Dollar General. The Hammond, Louisiana student was the grand prize winner of the Suave and Dollar General Contest and will receive $10 000 towards her education. For the second year, value brand leaders Suave® and Dollar General® have teamed up to salute the value of education by awarding scholarship money to students who entered a national essay contest.

Casey stood out in a pool of more than 6000 applicants, which is nearly double the amount of applicants from last year. A student at Holy Ghost Catholic School, she is already a rising star in her 8th grade class and dedicates herself to education and personal enrichment. Casey scores nearly straight A's in the classroom and on the basketball court as an aspiring WNBA player who hopes to play for Louisiana State University one day. Casey's earnest essay was written at the behest of her mother who saw the entry form in the Sunday paper and urged her to enter. "I'm so glad she did," said Casey, "The scholarship will help me achieve my dreams."

The Suave and Dollar General Scholarship Contest rewards students for their belief in the value of education. One grand prize winner received $10 000 and 15 first prize winners were awarded $5,000 to further their education1. Computer gift certificates for $500 also were given to 150 second prize winners.

"We're thrilled to help students make their educational dreams a reality and salute each of the winners for their dedication to higher education," says Jennifer Mandler, Unilever Customer Marketing, Suave.

Winners were chosen, among qualified entries, based on their answers to the question, “Why is education important to you?”

And, the winners are:

  • Grand Prize:

Casey Buie, age 13, Hammond, LA

  • First Prize Winners:

Jason Fultz, Age 20, Edwardsville, IL; Andrew Stephenson, Age 21, Johnstown, PA; Annaliese Autry, Age 18, Flintstone, GA; Brianna O’Donnell, Age 15, Westmont, IL; Kelly Prewit, Age 19, Morganton NC; Erica Lewter, Age 18; Woodlawn, NC; Candyse Barkley, Age 16, Flippin, AR; Malavika Srinivasan, Age 16, Xenia, OH; Brittanie Edwards, Age 11, Warner Robins, GA; Erica Dennis, Age 23, Weirton WV; Joshua Aranda, Age 17, Benson, NC; Nichole Morrow, Age 18, Duncanville, TX; Steven Webb, Age 19, Albia, IA; Ashley Hall, Age 8, Pearland, TX; Louketa Brown, Age 15, Marlin, TX.

For more information on the winners and the Suave and Dollar General Scholarship Contest, log on to www.suave.com

1 The prize is a $10 000 529 Education Bond, at time of maturity. Bond can only be used for educational expenses (e.g. tuition, books), and may be awarded directly to an educational institution in the winners name.

Suave®

offers more than 300 personal care products including hair care, anti-perspirants/deodorants, body washes, body bars and hand and body lotions. Suave, a Unilever Home & Personal Care Brand, is available nationwide in food, drug and mass outlet stores. In 2003, an annual survey conducted by DSN Retailing Today named Suave America's favorite health and beauty aid brand for the third year in a row. Suave, a name that has been trusted for quality and value for more than 60 years, is purchased by 61 percent of American households each year. More than 18 Suave products are sold every second.

Dollar General is a Fortune 500® discount retailer with 7782 neighborhood stores as of September 30, 2005. Dollar General stores offer convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as a selection of basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. For more information about Dollar General, go to www.dollargeneral.com.

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