Retailers offering scholarships

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 2011-12 academic year. Scholarships are $1,000 for public and private university and college students and $500 for those attending community college.

The program has provided 286 scholarships to students since 1999.

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.

Applications must be submitted to International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc.

(ISTS) by April 1. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the application process online at Students may also contact Laura Schilling at 800.366.3699 or by March 15 to request an application by mail or to check eligibility.

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-free 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.

Published: Thu, Jan 13, 2011