Jan 12 - Michigan Retailers’ scholarship competition begins
LANSING —Michigan Retailers Association is offering at least 30 college scholarships this spring through its annual competition.
The scholarships will be available to MRA members and their employees and families for the 2012-13 academic year. Scholarships are $1,000 for public and private university and college students and $500 for those attending community colleges or training institutes.
“We are excited that the Michigan Retailers Foundation continues to provide tuition help to families and individuals with direct ties to MRA member businesses,” said James P. Hallan, MRA president and CEO.
“Between 1999 and last year, our foundation has provided funding for an incredible 320 scholarships.”
Recipients are selected for their average to above-average academic performance and extracurricular activities, including part-time employment. Financial need is not a consideration, and students do not need to be at the very top of their class.
Those eligible to apply are high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are dependent sons and daughters of owners or full-time employees of MRA’s nearly 5,000 member businesses. Part-time employees who are full-time students also are eligible.
Recipients are selected by an independent panel of educators chosen by ISTS of Nashville, Tennessee, which coordinates the application and selection process for MRA and many other associations and companies.
MRA’s annual scholarship program is financed by earnings on the assets of Michigan Retailers Foundation, which is funded chiefly by tax-deductible contributions from MRA members.
The Michigan Retailers Association is the unified voice of retailing in Michigan and the nation’s largest state trade association of general merchandise retailers.