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My Town: Meijer families to receive two $10,000 scholarships
My Town: Meijer families to receive two $10,000 scholarships

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For the fourth consecutive year, Meijer team members and their children will have a chance to receive up to $10,000 to further their college education with the Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship, a competitive scholarship administered by Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

"Our dad always believed that continuing education and lifelong learning were invaluable," said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. "My brothers and I are pleased to continue providing this scholarship opportunity for Meijer team members and their children through Grand Rapids Community Foundation."

The Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship is a private scholarship fund that was established at Grand Rapids Community Foundation in 1975 originally for children of Meijer team members. In 2010, the scholarship program was expanded to include Meijer team members themselves and awards were increased from $500 to $1,000The Meijer Foundation funded the scholarship in 2011 with a significant gift to the Community Foundation, and enhanced the scholarship in 2012 to $2,500, while also providing two $10,000 scholarships: one each in Fred and Lena Meijer’s names.

Last year, the program awarded $442,500 in scholarships, furthering the educations of 171 Meijer team members and their children. Of that amount, two recipients were awarded $10,000 scholarships and 169 others throughout the retailer’s five-state footprint received $2,500 scholarships.

The Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship is awarded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation based on financial need, academics, and community involvement. A written essay of aspirations and educational goals is also part of the application process.

"We are pleased to work with Meijer to provide scholarships for its team and their family members," Grand Rapids Community Foundation President Diana Sieger said. "The opportunities that higher education offers can change a person’s life, and our scholarships can help make that happen."

The scholarships are available for use at any accredited college, university, vocational, technical or specialized educational institution nationwide. The number of scholarships awarded each year is determined as a percentage of the total number of applicants as set by the federal government.

To qualify for the scholarships, Meijer team members must have one year of continuous service by the April 1 application deadline, and may be full- or part-time students. Dependents of Meijer team member must be full-time students with a minimum of 12 credit hours.

For more information on the application process and to apply by April 1, please visit http://www.grfoundation.org/meijer