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Six Pizza Ranch Employees Receive $1,000 College Scholarships

(June 11, 2013) - Six Pizza Ranch employees were recently awarded $1,000 college scholarships by Pizza Ranch and Coca-Cola to support their pursuit of continued education through its Pizza Ranch Coca-Cola Scholarships program.

Recipients this year include:
Scott Smith, nominated by Shakopee General Manager Jan Lake
Ellen Leake, nominated by Reedsburg, WI General Manager Jessica Cook
Jordyn Knobbe, nominated by West Point, NE General Manager Harlyn Vander Griend
Andrea Bunt, nominated by Eldora, IA General Manager Malia Harris
Carly Jo Ellingson, nominated by Rapid City, SD General Manager Steve Cronin
Holly Ogaard, nominated by Grand Forks, ND General Manager Matt Slater.

“These recipients are outstanding employees and embody what Pizza Ranch is all about,” said the Pizza Ranch/Coca-Cola Scholarship Committee. “Although we are in the food business, to us it’s much more. On a daily basis we hold ourselves accountable to our guests and the community. Our food alone may not change the world, but by positively impacting the lives of our guests, employees like these are making our community a better place.”

Each year, the Pizza Ranch Coca-Cola Scholarships program awards multiple $1,000 scholarships its employees who are planning on attending a post-secondary educational institution. To apply, qualifying candidates are asked to submit a written essay that details how their actions exemplify the Pizza Ranch mission, “Establish every Pizza Ranch as a business ministry opportunity where our guests receive a legendary experience through quality food and service; and where we take a positive leadership position in the community we serve and equip our employees with tools to lead happy and productive lives.” As a supplement, the general manager of the restaurant is asked to submit a letter of recommendation for their employee.

To date, Pizza Ranch Corporate has given out more than $20,000 in grants to its employees through the Pizza Ranch Coca-Cola Scholarships program.

About Pizza Ranch
Pizza Ranch’s vision is “To glorify God by positively impacting the world we live in.” Founded in Hull, Iowa, in 1981 by Adrie Groeneweg, Pizza Ranch is a prominent regional restaurant chain that offers a wide selection of pizza, salad, chicken with hot mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, potato wedges and desserts in a unique buffet-style environment. The brand’s great tasting food is also available through carry-out and delivery service. Currently, the company boasts 175 locations throughout 11 states and is executing an aggressive growth plan to expand its presence in key U.S. markets. Since 2009, Pizza Ranch has been included in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500” list, increasing its ranking each year. For more information about Pizza Ranch and available franchise opportunities, visit