Dependents of Fruit of the Loom employees have access to scholarship opportunities at Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green, through the newly established Rick Medlin Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The announcement was made during the celebration of life service for Rick Medlin, that Warren Buffett generously donated $1 million to establish the fund. Beginning his career as an educator, Mr. Medlin’s legacy of teaching and leadership will endure through the scholarship fund.

“We are so grateful for Mr. Buffett’s generosity in honoring Rick and his passion for education,” said Melissa Burgess Taylor, Fruit of the Loom CEO. “The scholarship will have a lasting impact on employees and their families for years to come.”

Available starting the fall 2017 semester, approximately 10 one-year scholarships to attend Western Kentucky University will be awarded over the next 10 years to dependents of Fruit of the Loom employees.

To be considered eligible, applying students must be accepted as a full-time student at WKU and must be a dependent of a current full-time Fruit of the Loom employee in any US location.

Interested students should apply through WKU’s central scholarship application portal “TOPDollar” at and select “Fruit of the Loom” in the website’s drop down box.

Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, academic merit and strength of character. Selections will be made by a WKU scholarship committee and Fruit of the Loom. Recipients may reapply each year if a GPA of 3.0 or higher is maintained.

For questions, contact the WKU Office of Student Financial Assistance at 270-745-2755.

Fruit of the Loom, Inc.

Fruit of the Loom, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a global pioneer in the design, manufacture and marketing of family apparel, intimates, and athletic apparel and equipment. With a heritage of more than 150 years, its diverse portfolio of more than 20 iconic brands includes Fruit of the Loom®, Russell Athletic®, Spalding®, JERZEES® and Vanity Fair®. The company is an industry leader in social and environmental responsibility in the communities where it operates around the world. Headquartered in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Fruit of the Loom, Inc. employs nearly 30,000 people in 17 countries. It provides 200,000 additional jobs through sourcing and licensing manufacturing locations in 30 countries. For more information, visit


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