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Whole Foods Programs Helps UVA Students Pay for Summer Program

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The University of Virginia Morven Summer Institute (MSI) is partnering with Whole Foods to help students pay for spots in the summer program.

MSI allows UVA students to put their classroom knowledge to the test. Students participate in a 10-day interdisciplinary summer program, studying fields like sustainability, design, food systems and ecology.

However, the program does come at a cost. That's where Whole Foods and its "Nickels for Nonprofits" program comes in.

"It's this program where customers come in and bring their own bag, and use their own bag to bag their groceries. And in reward for that, they get to donate 5 cents to a charity or take 5 cents off their ticket order," said MSI coordinator Cassidy Pillow.

All proceeds from the Whole Foods collection goes directly to a student scholarship fund for the program.

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