LANSING, MI--(Marketwire - Jan 7, 2013) - Michigan Retailers Association is offering nearly three-dozen college scholarships this spring through its annual competition funded by Michigan Retailers Foundation.
At least 34 scholarships will be available to MRA members and their employees and families for the 2013-14 academic year. Scholarships are $1,000 for public and private university and college students and $500 for those attending community college or approved educational and professional training institutes. The program has provided 356 scholarships to students since 1999.
Recipients are selected for their 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.
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 are also eligible.
Applications must be submitted to International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS) by April 1. Students are encouraged to complete the application process online at www.retailers.com. Students may also contact MRA's Laura Schilling at 800.366.3699 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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, which coordinates the application and selection process for MRA and many other organizations.
Michigan Retailers Association represents nearly 5,000 members and their more than 15,000 stores and websites in Michigan. Retail is responsible for nearly one in five jobs in Michigan's economy: 405,000 direct jobs in retail stores and more than 385,000 jobs in related and supporting industries.