RALEIGH — Forty-eight students attending college this fall will benefit from $2,500 scholarships provided by the retail industry, including one from Hamptonville.
The NC Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) (ncrma.org), a nonprofit trade association, and its grocery division, the Carolinas Food Industry Council (CFIC) (cficweb.org), are helping college students pursue their career dreams. The two organizations, through the Retail Consumer Alliance Foundation (RCA), gave away $120,000 in scholarships this year for the 2016 fall semester.
Megan Hampton of Hamptonville has been awarded a Retail Scholarship of Excellence from sponsoring retailer, Dollar General. She plans to attend Catawba College.
“Retail powers North Carolina’s economy with both large and small employers, supporting over 600,000 jobs, including those at headquarters and distribution centers,” said NCRMA President and General Counsel Andy Ellen. “That is why the retail industry supports education — to enable students to reach their academic goals while building a strong and sustainable job market driven by competitive innovation. By supporting higher education goals, we can connect students to opportunities in the retail industry and continue to grow our economy.”
The awards were offered to high school and college students that work in the retail industry or whose parents work in the retail industry. For more information on the application requirements of the scholarship programs, go to: http://www.retailpaysforcollege.org.
Funding for the 46 scholarships is provided through the NC Retail Consumer Alliance Foundation, a nonprofit retail foundation that works with consumers to build strong communities. For more information visit www.retailpaysforcollege.com.