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- $12,000 in scholarships presented April 18th at Wisconsin Sports Awards –

MILWAUKEE (April 30, 2013) – Milwaukee-based Cousins Subs® awarded four high school students $12,000 in scholarships as part of its inaugural Wisconsin Sports Awards Scholarship. Courtney Kalous of Menomonee Falls was the runner-up of the two female finalists, receiving a $1,000 scholarship.


 Courtney has been a state, regional and sectional track champion, competing on her high school’s varsity team from her freshman to senior years.  She also played basketball her first three years of high school and volleyball as a freshman and sophomore.Academically, Courtney has maintained a 4.0 grade point average.  She has been recognized as a Conference Scholar Athlete every year of her high school career.

 One of Courtney’s main desires in life is to support young girls.  She plans on majoring in Relational Communications.  Courtney will attend Trinity Lutheran University in the fall. The grand prizewinners were David Holzer of Hartford and Brianna Messner of Seymour, each receiving $5,000 scholarships.  , Jace Simonson of Richland Center was the other runner-up, receiving a $1,000 scholarship.  The scholarships were awarded at the GKB Events Wisconsin Sports Awards, Thursday, April 18th at the Harley-Davidson Museum.


 “The Wisconsin Sports Awards was an incredible experience,” Kalous remarked. “It was inspiring to be in the same room with so many accomplished athletes who are doing amazing things in their communities. I am very grateful to Cousins Subs for providing all the scholarship winners with the opportunity to be part of such a special night.”


The scholarships were funded through Cousins Subs’ Make It Better Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization established by Cousins Subs earlier this year.  The Make It Better Foundation addresses three areas of interest that are vital to any community: health and wellness, hunger and youth education. 


 “Cousins Subs has a longstanding tradition of commitment to the communities we serve,” said Christine Specht, president and COO at Cousins Subs.  “We have supported a multitude of causes and organizations throughout our 41-year history.  This scholarship program is an exciting addition to our support of youth education and health and wellness, and a perfect example of the kinds of programs we want to support.”


A total of 534 applications were received from throughout the state for the scholarship contest. 


 “All of us at Cousins were extremely impressed with the quality of the applications that were sent in,” said Justin McCoy, vice president of marketing, Cousins Subs.  “To have over 500 applicants interested in our scholarship program, especially during the contest’s first year, is remarkable.  We had to make some very tough decisions when choosing our winners.  We are already looking forward to next year’s event.”


 Cousins Subs® and its franchisees operate more than 140 sub sandwich shops in six states, with bold expansion plans. The first Cousins Subs was established in Milwaukee in 1972 by Bill Specht and his cousin. Their dream was to bring East Coast-style sub sandwiches to Milwaukee – with their own handcrafted touch. They started with their bread, developing a secret recipe with the perfect taste and crunch. That bread is the cornerstone of the Cousins Subs slogan, “Better Bread. Better Subs. Better Day.” The original recipe is still closely followed at every Cousins Subs store, where each sandwich is made to order using freshly sliced deli meats, cheeses, and vegetables – and the bread is baked fresh each day. Forty-one years later and still family owned, Cousins Subs employees and franchisees are driven by their mission to “Make it a Better Day” in all they do. In 2013, the brand proudly announced the establishment of the Make it Better Foundation, dedicated to funding causes that address health and wellness, hunger and youth education in the communities that Cousins Subs serves. For more information, visit You can also find Cousins Subs on Facebook and Twitter.



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