Tuesday, July 13, 2021


Recipients received $2,500 each as part of the brand’s Legacy Scholarship contest

MILWAUKEE (July 13, 2021) – Cousins Subs® announced today four store-level employees as recipients of a $2,500 scholarship to help cover the costs of their post-secondary education at a four-year university in pursuit of their legacy of better.

“At Cousins Subs, we’re proud to employ dedicated store-level employees who share our longstanding belief in better through the continual improvement in everything we do,” said Christine Specht, CEO of Cousins Subs and President of the Make It Better Foundation. “Our four winners this year are truly incredible individuals who have big plans for the future, and we are honored to assist them in their journey.”


The four Cousins Subs store-level employees receiving $2,500 Legacy Scholarships are:

• Gabi Zietlow – A Crew Leader at the franchised-owned restaurant in Crivitz, Wis. Gabi will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall where she plans to study engineering.

• Maria Graziano – A Cashier and Sandwich Maker at the franchise-owned restaurant in Slinger, Wis. Maria will attend the University of Dayton in the fall and plans to study ethical and social philosophy, in the hopes of pursuing a law degree.

• Olivia Gerbing – A Manager at the franchise-owned restaurant in Pewaukee, Wis. Olivia attends Wisconsin Lutheran College where she studies wide-range music education.

• Silas Dittmer – A Manager-in-training at the franchise-owned restaurant in Pewaukee, Wis. Silas plans to attend Cedarville University in the fall where he will study mechanical engineering.


The four scholarships are funded by the Make It Better Foundation – the brand’s nonprofit organization that addresses the vital community needs of health and wellness, hunger and youth education To date, the organization has awarded more than $42,500 in scholarships to 17 Cousins Subs crew members, including this year’s recipients. For more information about the Make It Better Foundation, please visit www.cousinssubs.com/foundation. 





Wisconsin-based Cousins Subs®, a family-owned, fast casual sub shop established in 1972 by Bill Specht and his cousin, is driven by the mission to Believe in Better – both in the quality of food it serves and in the communities it supports. Cousins Subs and its franchisees operate nearly 100 sub sandwich shops in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana, providing guests with quality deli fresh and made to order grilled subs using only the freshest ingredients on its signature bread baked daily. For more information, visit www.cousinssubs.com. You can also find Cousins Subs on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.


Established in 2013, the Make It Better Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization that aims to improve the general welfare and quality of life in the communities Cousins Subs serves. The foundation is dedicated to funding three areas of interest that are vital to any community: health and wellness, hunger and youth education. Since its inception, the Make It Better Foundation has awarded more than $648,000 in grants and scholarships to students and nonprofit organizations throughout Wisconsin. For more information on the Make It Better Foundation, visit www.cousinssubs.com/foundation.