Twenty-six students receiving Michigan Retailers Foundation scholarships


MRA’s annual scholarship competition is awarding 26 college students with scholarships totaling $37,500 for the 2021-22 academic year. The awards are funded by the Michigan Retailers Foundation and contributions from MRA members and other donors.

Of the 26 awards, three winners will receive $1,000 scholarships. The remaining 23 winners will receive $1,500 scholarships.

New 2021-22 awards include:

  • The W. Bruce and Joyce M. Rogers Legacy Scholarship, established by long-time retail advocate, W. Bruce Rogers; and
  • The Bill Golden Legacy Scholarship, established by Bill Golden, co-president of Golden Shoes in Traverse City.

To be eligible, recipients must be an employee of a MRA member business or the dependent of an owner or employee of a member business. Students apply between January 1 and April 1 each year for the scholarships.

The program’s totals have now reached $615,250 awarded to 601 recipients since 1999, when the current program format began. Scholarship recipients were chosen by a third-party administrator – International Scholarship and Tuition Services.

Information for each student is listed in this order: high school; hometown; award name; business where the student or parent works; business location; college or university; major; and class status.



Maria Adamo
Regina High School, Shelby Township
Target Corporation Platinum Legacy Scholarship
Mastro’s Ice Cream Parlor, St. Clair Shores
Miami University
Business Management, Freshman


Emma Allen
Black River High School, Holland
Fred and Lillian Sherman Legacy Scholarship
Tom Allen Enterprises, Holland
University of Michigan
Communications, Sophomore


Lauren Aymen
Bad Axe High School, Bad Axe
Helen McCurry Legacy Scholarship
Thumb Broadcasting, Bad Axe
Central Michigan University
Neuroscience, Senior


Avery Coleman
Hale High School, Hale
Kenneth A. and Margaret Schwark Legacy Scholarship
Alward’s Market, Hale
Michigan State University
Environmental Sciences, Freshman


Jacob Dafoe
Laingsburg High School, Laingsburg
Willis W. and Mary Jane Marshall Memorial Legacy Scholarship
Size Reduction Specialists, East Lansing
Lansing Community College
Music Performance & Management, Sophomore


Jordyn Disbrow
Kalkaska High School, Kalkaska
Bruce and Joyce M. Rogers Legacy Scholarship
McLean’s Hardware, Kalkaska
University of Michigan
Biology, Freshman


Melissa Draves
Midland High School, Midland
Brines Family Legacy Scholarship
Wholesale Auto Company, Midland
Iowa State University
Genetics, Senior


Jacob Dunwoody
Caledonia High School, Caledonia
Orin and Tina Mazzoni and Family Legacy Scholarship
Grand Valley Health Corporation, Grand Rapids
Grand Valley State University
Geological Sciences, Freshman


Jacob Flickinger
Home-schooled, Grand Rapids
Al Kessel Memorial Scholarship
Meijer, Grand Rapids
Grand Valley State University
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement, Sophomore


Michael Flickinger
Home-schooled, Grand Rapids
Paul M. Felice Memorial Scholarship
Meijer, Grand Rapids
Grand Valley State University
Medical Engineering, Senior


Mark Formosa
Grosse Ile High School, Grosse Ile
Raymond A. and Mildred C. Sobelton Platinum Legacy Scholarship
Brooks Lumber & Ace Hardware, Detroit
University of Detroit Mercy
Business, Freshman


Isabelle Fritz
Sacred Heart Academy, Mount Pleasant
Jean L. Sarasin Legacy Scholarship
Hubscher & Son, Inc., Mount Pleasant
Grand Valley State University
Accounting, Freshman


Mason Gabriel
Orchard View High School, Muskegon
Paul M. Felice Memorial Scholarship
Orchard Markets, Spring Lake
Grand Valley State University
Education, Junior


Christopher Garbe
Bay City Western High School, Kawkawlin
Al Kessel Memorial Scholarship
Meijer, Bay City
Grand Valley State University
Biology, Senior


Olivia Garbe
Bay City Western High School, Kawkawlin
Walsh Family Legacy Scholarship
Meijer, Bay City
Central Michigan University
Health Services & Technology, Sophomore


Jadyn Hackmann
Lincoln Senior High School, Ypsilanti
Linda Mayleben Legacy Scholarship
Frey Inc./Hallmark Happy House Gifts, Ann Arbor
Concordia University
Nursing, Freshman


Morgan LeFaive
Vandercook Lake High School, Jackson
Judy and Rodney Phillips Legacy Scholarship
Brooklyn Plumbing, Jackson
University of Michigan
Electrical Engineering, Freshman


Keaton Ludwig
Hale High School, Hale
Bill Golden Legacy Scholarship
Bernard Building Center, Hale
Alpena Community College
Applied Science, Freshman


Danielle Nowak
Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, Brecksville, Ohio
Mark Schrag Legacy Scholarship
Oliver Printing and Packaging, Twinsburg, Ohio
Ohio State University
Marketing, Junior


Kal O’Brien
Mackinaw City High School, Mackinaw City
Thomas Ungrodt Legacy Scholarship
O’Brien’s Shirt Shop, Mackinaw City
Marymount College
Marketing, Freshman


Keegan Rumler
Jackson High School, Jackson
Kenneth A. and Margaret Schwark Legacy Scholarship
P & T Fitness, Jackson
Michigan State University
Physical Therapy, Senior


Jaydynn Schut
Thornapple Kellogg High School, Middleville
Nathan Rosenfeld Legacy Scholarship
Carelinc Home Medical Equipment and Services, Grandville
Grand Rapids Community College
Physical Education, Sophomore


Madison Timmreck
Alpena High School, Alpena
Larry Sherman Legacy Scholarship
Alpena High School Campus Closet, Alpena
University of Michigan
Business, Sophomore


Josephine Van Dam
Homeschooled, Grand Rapids
William J. Hallan MRA President and CEO Legacy Scholarship
The Campbell Group, Grand Rapids
Pepperdine University
Nutritional Science, Sophomore


Kallan Williams
Petoskey High School, Charlevoix
Joseph Swanson Platinum Legacy Scholarship
Five Star North Inc., Charlevoix
Michigan State University
Packaging Engineering, Freshman


Madilyn Wojdula
Reese High School, Reese
Barb Stein Legacy Scholarship
Dunn Hardware, Reese
Grand Valley State University
Physical Therapy, Freshman



Save the date for the start of the 2022-21 academic year scholarship program: January 1, 2022!