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Meijer Scholarship Program Enhanced For Meijer Team Members and Their Children
Meijer Scholarship Program Enhanced For Meijer Team Members and Their Children

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Meijer team members and their children will have a chance to receive up to $10,000 this year to further their college education with the Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship, a competitive scholarship administered by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

“My brothers and I are proud to honor our parents with this new scholarship opportunity for Meijer team members and their children,” said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter retail chain.

The Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship is a private scholarship fund that was established at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in 1975 originally for children of Meijer team members that awarded $500 scholarships. In 2010, the scholarship program was expanded to include Meijer team members and increased to $1,000 awards. The Meijer family funded the scholarship in 2011 with a significant endowment gift to the Community Foundation.

The Meijer family wanted to do more this year and enhanced the scholarships to $2,500, while also providing two $10,000 scholarships: one each in Fred and Lena Meijer’s names.

“We are very pleased to enhance this important scholarship program by increasing the amount of the awards,” said Hank Meijer, co-chairman. “It’s meant a lot to our family to be able to provide these scholarships to our valuable team members and their families through the years.”

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 honored that Meijer has entrusted Grand Rapids Community Foundation with the responsibility to manage and administer this enhanced scholarship fund,” said Diana Sieger, foundation president. “It speaks volumes about the Meijer family that this fund is being grown to meet the needs of today’s college student. “Meijer is certainly showing its dedication to education and its employees.”

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 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 members must be full-time students with a minimum of 12 credit hours.

For more information on the application process and to apply, please visit www.grcf.egrant.org.