The Kent Companies Give $14,000 in College Scholarships to Team Members

On Thursday, Aug. 19th, The Kent Companies hosted its second Team Member Scholarship day where Owner and CEO, Bill Kent, gave out $14,000 in college scholarships to Team Members across all entities of the company. Recipients of the scholarships were Team Members who are currently students and newly hired to Baskin Robbins, Huddle House, Rustic Cafe, Kent Car Wash and Kent Kwik Convenience Stores. To receive the scholarship, the students had to work full-time from June to August.

Team Members and their families gathered at the corporate office of The Kent Companies where they were welcomed with balloon towers, finger food and a Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Cake. Before the handing out of the checks, Bill Kent, Owner, and Todd Watkins, President, spoke to the students and their families about the importance of education and the pride The Kent Companies takes in being able to help students. The students were then called up to receive their $1,000 checks and get their pictures taken.

The 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Braleigh Blanchette
Cameron Curry
Claire Endy
Hadley Hough
Lydia Lee

Brelyn Carrillo
Shubhi Dhamija
Cadence Gee
Amber Kelly
Felicity Vicars

Jessica Colwell
Gold Egot
Jordan Granado
Hannah Lee

This is the second year this event has been hosted, the first being in 2019, and the hope is to continue this program for many summers to come. In addition to this program, The Kent Companies also offers tuition reimbursement to all team members enrolled in college classes. To learn more about this and other benefits visit, https://thekentcompanies.com/employment.php.

Thank you to the Odessa American for attending our event. Read their article here: https://www.oaoa.com/local-news/kent-companies-awards-students-scholarships/

Application Process for The West Texas Strong Memorial Scholarship Program is Now Open

The application process for our West Texas Strong Memorial Scholarship is now open! Three students will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship for the upcoming school year. This scholarship is open to all Midland and Odessa residents enrolled full-time at a two- or four-year university or vocational school. The Kent Companies have established a scholarship program to assist residents of Midland or Odessa Texas who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

Founded locally by the late Buck Kent in 1957, The Kent Companies began as Kent Oil and Kent Distributors and still remains a family-owned business. The Kent Companies is comprised of multiple entities including 58 Kent Kwik Convenience Stores; 15 Mr. Payroll Check Cashing locations; 3 Rustic Cafés; 5 Huddle House Restaurants; 3 Baskin Robbins; 7 Kent Car Washes and 2 Kent Tire Stores. The Kent Companies continues to expand their business both locally and out of state. The company continues to win “Best of” in each of the markets they serve.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. Awards for this scholarship are granted to eligible recipients without regard to creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or national origin.

Kent Kwik Tops Largest Donation to PBRC

On Sunday, April 18th, at the annual PBRC Telethon, Kent Kwik and The Kent Companies presented PBRC with a check for $119,700. This year’s donation is the largest donation The Kent Companies has presented in their 30+ year history of donating to PBRC. Last year, The Kent Companies broke over $100,000 for the first time and this year far exceeded all expectations. 2020 was a hard year for everyone and every business and it has been truly amazing to see how our community has come together to raise an amazing amount of money to help families all across the Permian Basin. Donations were collected by Team Members asking guests if they would like to round up their transaction total to the next dollar amount. The extra change that was collected was saved for PBRC. We plan on continuing this form of giving next year and beyond.

About PBRC, “Since 1953, the Permian Basin Rehab Center (PBRC) has served thousands of patients of all ages and abilities who find themselves in need. The PBRC is the Permian Basin’s only comprehensive, non-profit, multidisciplinary rehabilitation facility that provides speech, physical, occupational therapy and hearing/audiology services. The therapists of the PBRC reach a broad cross-section of the community and bring positive change into the lives of countless individuals.”

Free Year of Gas Giveaway

Kent Kwik Convenience Stores announce Free Year of Gas Giveaway to promote new coffee blends. Kent Kwik is holding a giveaway where one grand prize winner will receive a free year of gas. To be entered in the giveaway, participants must visit the Kent Kwik website and fill out a form selecting their favorite coffee blend on the giveaway page. The giveaway will be open now through Sunday, May 16th and participants are allowed one entry per day. A winner will be announced on Monday, May 17th.

Over the last few weeks, Kent Kwik has introduced three new coffee blends into their stores. Doughnut Shop, a bright and lively blend with caramel notes and a smooth finish. Italian Espresso Roast, a roast with exotic earthy flavors, a rich chocolate overtone and a touch of cinnamon. One World Blend, a limited time only blend, rich and full-bodied with a floral aroma and hints of dried black cherry, raisins, chocolate, and honey. These new blends are the perfect addition to the current House blend, Dark roast, Colombian blend, and Texas Pecan, a Kent Kwik exclusive blend.

Kent Kwik Expands in the Texas Market with Six-Store Acquisition

TEXAS, April 5, 2021 The Kent Companies, the parent company of Kent Kwik convenience stores, is excited to announce that the company has acquired Connel Oil Company, dba as Mr. C’s convenience Stores, in Mineral Wells and Weatherford, TX.

The acquisition included six company-operated Chevron-branded Mr. C’s convenience stores, a book of branded and unbranded dealer supply accounts, and a bulk plant. The acquisition increased the Kent Kwik portfolio to 59 company-owned and operated stores throughout Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. The company also supplies over 100 contract dealers throughout Texas and Louisiana. In addition, the company currently has 3 new Kent Kwiks under construction, along with a new Kent Lube Fast Oil Change Center, 2 new Huddle Houses, 1 new Rustic Café, and 2 new Kent carwashes. All are expected to open by Fall 2021.

In late 2020, the family owned and operated company purchased the Buy Fast stores in Fayetteville, TN.

About The Kent Companies

Founded in West Texas by the late Buck Kent in 1957, The Kent Companies began as Kent Oil and Kent Distributors and still remains a family-owned business under second generation ownership by Bill Kent. The Kent Companies is comprised of multiple entities including Kent Kwik, Mr. Payroll, Rustic Café, Huddle House, Baskin Robbins, Kent Car Wash, Kent Tire, and several other entities. Recently voted by Midland Reporter Telegram as the Permian Basin’s Best Employer with more than 100 employees, The Kent Companies continues to expand their businesses in Texas as well as out of state. Kent Kwik, the company’s largest entity, currently has 59 locations over four states.