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Scholarships & Tuition Assistance

The Ohio Grocers Association and the Youngstown Area Grocers have established complementary Tuition Reimbursement and Scholarship Programs to provide financial support to those members’ employees and their dependents enrolled in college or continuing education programs. Various scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available to those who qualify.

  • Scholarships are typically awarded in $1000 amounts.
  • Scholarships are awarded at one year increments and are renewable upon re-application.
  • Scholarships are awarded through the Ohio Grocers Foundation and the Youngstown Area Grocers Trust.

NEW SCHOLARSHIP COMING SOON!

CHECK BACK IN JANUARY FOR UPDATES FOR APPLYING FOR THE GROCERY HERO SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM!


Scholarship Eligibility:

  1. Employer company is a member of the Ohio Grocers Association (OGA) or former member of the Youngstown Area Grocers Association (YAGA).
  2. Employed at OGA (or YAGA) member company for at least one year.
  3. Applicant must be an employee or dependent of an employee of an OGA (or YAGA) member company.
  4.  Applicant must be a High School Senior or College (Graduate or Undergraduate) student.
  5. Applicant or parent of the applicant must be employed by the OGA (or YAGA) member at the time of the announcement of the scholarship winner.

Scholarship Criteria/Requirements:

  1. Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Business or industry-related major or field of study.
  3.  At least one letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, professor or supervisor/manager.
  4. High School and/or College transcript (if applicable).
  5. High School and/or College activities/extra-curricular activities (if applicable).
  6.  Community involvement and volunteerism (if applicable).

Owners, Managers and Supervisors

New materials will be coming soon to distribute to your employees and/or display in breakrooms.


Company-Funded Scholarships

The Ohio Grocers Association (through the Ohio Grocers Foundation) continues to offer Company-Funded Scholarships in the form of Piggyback Scholarships, Donor/Sponsored Scholarships and Legacy Scholarships.

If your organization is interested in establishing any of these types of Scholarships, contact us or click here for more information.


Tuition Reimbursement

Tuition reimbursement is also offered as additional financial assistance for those pursuing continuing education, certification or specialized training related to the food or grocery industry.