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Who is the first barista accepted to ASU through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan?

Every Monday morning starts the same way for Allison Hills.

She’s the opening shift supervisor at a Starbucks store. Part of Allison’s early morning routine includes checking for action items – promotional offers or announcements of new beverages – from the company.

Something unusual popped up on the store’s computer screen a few weeks ago and brought Allison’s scrolling to a stop.

“I read it. I read it again. Then kept re-reading it, and re-reading it,” she recalled. “I can’t be reading this right.”

Allison was one of the 135,000 Starbucks partners (employees) learning the details of Starbucks College Achievement Plan. She became the first partner to enroll in the program to complete her bachelor’s degree.

Starbucks is offering partners based in the U.S., working an average of at least 20 hours per week, tuition reimbursement through a unique collaboration with Arizona State University’s online degree program.

Partners admitted to ASU as a junior or senior will earn full tuition reimbursement to complete their bachelor’s degree. Freshmen and sophomores will be eligible for a partial tuition scholarship and need-based financial aid toward two years of full-time study.  

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