Walmart gives away millions in scholarships

Walmart exterior
Walmart exterior

While Walmart is not known for its high-skills, high-paying jobs, it certainly gives away a lot of money to college students who strive to get that type of work. In 2009, the Walmart Foundation gave more than $53 million to fund educational programs nationwide, and it awarded more than $9 million in academic scholarships in the 2010-11 school year.

The money is distributed to a wide swath of people, from WalMart employees and their dependents to needy teachers and college students with no connections to the company. "And our giving continues to increase," says Walmart Foundation spokesperson Kelly Cheeseman. "It's a big focus for our foundation."