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Investing in OSI’s Workers and Their Families Through Education

April 30, 2020

OSI prides itself on being a company that considers its employees members of a large family. As such, the company feels that it is in its best interest to take care of its workers and provide them with opportunities to advance in their personal and professional lives. Part of that involves investing in employees’ and their children’s education, through tuition assistance. This type of long-term investment looks beyond the day-to-day and transcends even the current moment of global uncertainty. While no one knows how the ongoing COVID-19 crisis will reshape the world, OSI remains as committed as ever to providing for its family of employees and equipping them to thrive in a changing world. This investment in their talent also benefits OSI, OSI customers and even the broader industry, which all become stronger, more adaptable and innovative as a direct result of workforce development.

OSI SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THOSE WORKING AND GOING TO SCHOOL AT THE SAME TIME

At OSI, like many other companies around the world, there are many people that are working and going to school — or would like to — at the same time. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, many undergraduate students ages 16 to 64 are employed while they are also going to school. In 2017, for example, 81 percent of part-time undergraduate students and 43 percent of full-time students worked at least part-time while completing their studies.

Working while going to school can help students pay for high tuition or certification costs. Furthermore, if these students are also able to obtain scholarships and other forms of financial assistance, their lives become much easier and they are able to focus more on what matters to them the most.

OSI’S TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The first program OSI offers relating to education and personal and professional development is its Tuition Assistance Program. Employees who want to gain knowledge and skills are the kind of ambitious, dedicated people OSI works so hard to keep in its family. That is why OSI offers qualifying employees up to 90 percent of the cost of tuition, books, registration and lab fees for undergraduate and graduate courses each calendar year. Under this same program, employees can use a percentage of the total assistance granted towards pursuing a job-related certification.

Eligible employees attend an accredited university, college, business school or technical institute and study subjects relating to the employee's present duties and prepare him or her for a higher position in the company.

While COVID-19 may temporarily change the way schools administer courses, OSI remains committed to supporting its qualified employees in whatever way they pursue their studies.

OSI’S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

While OSI considers all of its employees as part of the family, the company and its leadership know that nothing is more important than the families they have at home. That is why OSI offers employees’ children scholarships to attend college or vocational school programs. OSI knows that when the home is in good shape, people are better able to focus on their work and helping others outside the home.

These scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice. This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.

The scholarship program is available to any child of active, regular, full-time employees of a participating OSI Group Company with a minimum of one year of employment with the company as of the application deadline date. Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll, or students who are already enrolled in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.

If enough qualified applicants apply, one award is given to students from 11 different OSI locations around North America: from South Carolina to Chicago and from California to Utah. If no qualified applications are received from one of the locations, an at-large award is granted to the next highest qualified applicant from the pool of applicants. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

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