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Washington Prime Group Launches #ScholarSpree to Celebrate the Class of 2020


COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Washington Prime Group Inc. (NYSE: WPG) today announced that it has launched #ScholarSpree, a celebration of high school seniors nationwide. During the next few months the Company will be honoring the Class of 2020’s accomplishments with outdoor and digital activities with a focus on everyone’s safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Company has teamed up with Vervantis, Inc. and Lewis Sign in order to host #ScholarSpree, a digital Class of 2020 graduation cap (mortar board) design contest with several cash prizes totaling $10,000. All of the entries will be posted on a landing page where friends and family can vote for their favorite design. Other activities hosted by Washington Prime Group properties include car parades and parking space decorating.

Lou Conforti, CEO and Director of Washington Prime Group, stated: “Not having a graduation ceremony, senior prom and all the other activities which serve as the highlight and culmination of the high school senior year is disappointing to the graduates as well as friends and family. As the father of a high school senior, I’ve certainly witnessed this disappointment, albeit Caroline and her friends have also exhibited compassion for those even more so impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Washington Prime Group has been proactive in serving as a community resource by undertaking nearly 200 service projects, its Open for Small Business initiative as well as other numerous other actions assisting guests, tenants and sponsors during this national crisis. #ScholarSpree is yet another measure by which we are able to provide comfort during this difficult time.”

Winners will be determined by the designs with the most votes on the website. The #ScholarSpree contest will run from May 8 until June 12. Winners will be announced June 19. All of the entries will be pulled together to create a unique work of art – a digital mosaic posted across WPG town center websites. Learn more about the contest at

Follow #ScholarSpree and @washingtonprimegroup on Instagram.

About Washington Prime Group

Washington Prime Group Inc. is a retail REIT and a recognized leader in the ownership, management, acquisition and development of retail properties. The Company combines a national real estate portfolio with its expertise across the entire shopping center sector to increase cash flow through rigorous management of assets and provide new opportunities to retailers looking for growth throughout the U.S. Washington Prime Group® is a registered trademark of the Company. Learn more at

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