IGIA Announces 2021-22 IGEF Scholarship Program Deadline March 15, 2021

 

IGIA Announces 2021-22 IGEF Scholarship Program Deadline March 15, 2021

The online application is open now for the Iowa Grocers Education Foundation (IGEF) Mary I. Fitzgerald Scholarship Program for the 2021–2022 academic year. Applications must be submitted by March 15, 2021, to be eligible for one of the 92 scholarships available.

The IGEF will award 12 — $2,000 scholarships to students who are children of full-time employees and 12 — $1,500 scholarships to students who are full-time or part-time employees of firms that are members of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association (IGIA) as well as many Piggyback scholarships offered by IGIA member organizations.

IGIA sent scholarship posters and application instructions are posted on the IGIA website: www.iowagrocers.com/scholarships.cfm. If you need printed posters or a pdf of the poster emailed to you, or if you have any questions, please contact Ann Seuferer at the IGIA office, 800.383.3663 or email: anns@iowagrocers.com.

Eligibility

  • High school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are:
  • Sons or daughters of full-time employees of firms that are members of the IGIA. The parent must have been employed for at least two years as of January 1, 2021.
  • Employees (full-time or part-time) who are full-time students employed by firms that are members of the IGIA. Applicants must have worked a minimum of 300 hours during the 6-month period between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
  • Scholarship winners will be chosen by the Scholarship Selection Committee and notified in April. Winners must enroll in undergraduate college in the fall of 2021 and must be attending college full-time in the year in which the scholarships are awarded and continue in school for the entire academic year without interruption, barring illness, emergency or military service.

Scholarships Available to Students Meeting the IGEF Program Eligibility

  • 50 – Fareway Family Scholarships ($2,000)
  • 12 – Iowa Grocers Education Foundation Scholarships ($2,000)
  • 12 – Iowa Grocers Education Foundation Scholarships ($1,500)
  • 3 – Beckwith Foundation Scholarships ($2,000)
  • 2 – Cylinder Express Scholarships ($500)
  • 2 – JW’s Foods Scholarships ($750)
  • 2 – Mueller Yurgae Associates Scholarships ($1,000)
  • 2 – Perishable Distributors of Iowa Scholarships ($500)
  • 1 – Dietrich Family Scholarship ($1,500)
  • 1 – Grocery Manufacturers Association Scholarship ($500)
  • 1 – Jack Grolmus Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
  • 1 – Jerry Thede Scholarship ($1,000)
  • 1 – Ken Uglum Memorial Scholarship ($500)
  • 1 – Mary I. Fitzgerald Scholarship ($1,800)
  • 1 – Robert G. Carper, Jr. Scholarship ($1,800)

To Apply

To download a scholarship program poster and to access a complete list of scholarships available and the application form, please visit the IGIA website, www.iowagrocers.com/scholarships.cfm.

History of the Iowa Grocers Education Foundation Mary I. Fitzgerald Scholarship Program

The Iowa Grocers Education Foundation was established in 1992 to assist youth with ties to the grocery industry to achieve their dreams of obtaining a higher education. The IGEF Scholarship program was renamed the Mary I. Fitzgerald Scholarship Program in 1997 in tribute to Mary I. Fitzgerald, who guided the Iowa Grocery Industry Association from 1964 to 1981.

Since 2001, the IGEF has helped 1,679 youth obtain a post-secondary education with scholarships totaling more than $2.5 million. In 2020, 90 recipients were awarded a total of $159,300. The IGEF scholarships have paved the way for youth to achieve their ultimate career goals within and outside of the grocery industry.

A large number of the deserving young people assisted by these scholarships say that they would not be the doctor, CEO, nurse, teacher or business professional they are today without the help of the Mary I. Fitzgerald Scholarship Program.

Get Involved

Two primary fundraisers make the IGEF Scholarships possible—the IGEF Scholarship Golf Classic and the IGIA Convention Auction. Please consider taking part in these events and signing up for the IGIA committees that make these events possible. Contact Annie Schlink, aschlink@iowagrocers.com to volunteer.

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