Michigan Retailers to Award $42k in College, Trade School Scholarships for 2023-24 Academic Year

Michigan Retailers Foundation, a division of Michigan Retailers Association, has kicked off its annual college and professional training scholarship competition for the 2023-2024 academic year.

The Foundation will award 12 scholarships this year, each worth $3,500. Since its inception in 1999, the Foundation has awarded more than 600 scholarships to Michigan students, totaling more than $650,000.

Recipients are selected based on outstanding academic performance and extracurricular activities, regardless of financial need.

Those eligible to apply are high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are:

  1. Dependent children of owners of MRA member businesses, or of full-time employees of MRA member firms. The parent-employee must have been employed by a MRA member firm for at least one year as of January 1 of the year in which the scholarships are awarded.
  2. Part-time employees of MRA member businesses who are full-time students. Part-time employees must have been employed by a MRA member firm for at least six months as of January 1 of the year in which the scholarships are awarded.

Contributions to the MRA Foundation come from MRA members, directors and employees, and other donors.

Scholarships to be awarded:

  • Helen McCurry Platinum Legacy Scholarship (established by Joseph McCurry)
  • D. Larry Sherman Platinum Legacy Scholarship
  • Raymond A. and Mildred C. Sobelton Platinum Legacy Scholarship (established by Peter Sobelton and family, Barbara and Douglas Stranahan)
  • Joseph Swanson Platinum Legacy Scholarship
  • Walsh Family Platinum Legacy Scholarship (established by Jim & Kathy Walsh)
  • Paul M. Felice and Al Kessel Memorial Platinum Legacy Scholarship
  • (6) MRA Legacy Scholarships

MRA Legacy Scholarships donors include:

  • Nathan Rosenfeld
  • Mark Schrag and Friends
  • Schwark Family, including brothers James, Tom and Michael, in honor of their parents Kenneth and Margaret Schwark
  • Barb Stein
    • Retired owner of Great Northern Trading Co. in Rockford
  • Tom Ungrodt
    • President of TDU Consulting, LLC
  • John Mayleben, in honor of Linda Mayleben
    • Retired senior vice president technology and new product development at Michigan Retailers Association
  • Jean and Thomas Sarasin
    • Jean is retired executive vice president and chief operating officer of Michigan Retailers Association and Retailers Insurance
  • Dan Marshall, in honor of Willis W. and Mary Jane Marshall
    • Dan is president of Marshall Music Company, based in Lansing
  • Orin and Tina Mazzoni and Family
    • Orin Jr. is president of Orin Jewelers, Inc., a family-owned business in Northville
  • Bo Brines and Family
    • Bo owns Little Forks Outfitters, located in Midland
  • Judy and Rodney Phillips
    • Rod owns Country Casuals in Petoskey
  • W. Bruce and Joyce M. Rogers
  • Bill Golden
    • Bill is co-president of Golden Shoes, a centennial retailer in Traverse City
  • Becky Beauchine Kulka
    • Becky owns Becky Beauchine Kulka Diamonds & Fine Jewelry located in Okemos
  • Jeff and Doreen Joyce
    • Jeff operates Mieras Family Shoes, a centennial retailer located in Grand Rapids
  • Larry and Gail Meyer
    • Larry is retired president and CEO of Michigan Retailers Association

Students are encouraged to apply online on MRA’s Scholarship Program web page. Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2023. MRA members will also receive an informational packet in the mail.

The International Scholarship and Tuition Services, a third-party administrator, selects recipients on behalf of the Foundation.

About Michigan Retailers Association
Michigan Retailers Association represents more than 5,000 member businesses and their 15,000 stores and websites. MRA has been a trusted business resource for over 80 years and provides cost-saving membership services, such as expert credit card processing, business and personal insurances, legislative advocacy, college scholarships, discounts on shipping, to all types of businesses. It created the Buy Nearby campaign in 2013 to benefit local retailers, their communities and Michigan’s economy.