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IRMA Foundation

Scholarship Program 

The IRMA Foundation will fund a number of scholarships in the amount of $1,500 for the 2024-2025 academic year.
Who is Eligible?
High School seniors, college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are:
  1.  Sons and daughters of full-time employees of former IFRA Retail Member firms that are current members of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.  The parent employee must have been employed for at least two years as of January 1 of the year in which the scholarships are awarded.
  2. Part-time employees who are full-time students employed by former IFRA Retail Member firms that are current members of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.  The applicant must have been employed for at least six months as of January 1 of the year in which the scholarships are awarded.
  3. IRMA Foundation-funded scholarships are limited to one recipient per member company.
Notification of Scholarships
All applicants will be notified in May of 2024.  Winners must enroll in college as full-time students in the fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded.  If you are eligible, follow the instructions below.


The long standing policy of allowing member companies to sponsor their own scholarship program utilizing the administration of the Foundation will continue. Member companies who sponsor their own company scholarships may continue to “piggyback” on to the Foundation application procedure.

Benefits of Piggybacking
  • The funds supporting scholarships are being donated to a tax exempt entity and are paid to the colleges or universities, not to the students.
  • The Piggyback scholarships will carry the name of the sponsoring company.
  • No administrative costs including printing, application tracking and the selection process of winners.

Getting Started
Members notify IRMA of their interest in the Piggyback program including scholarship name, amounts and total number. Members receive scholarship program information that can be used as marketing materials for employee notification.
Piggybacking members are asked to consider a direct contribution to the Foundation to help offset costs associated with the selection process.  
Thank you for your continued support during this rebuilding year. All proceeds raised during fundraising activities go directly to the Foundation. For further information: Contact Dawn Durkin at

IRMA Foundation 2024/25 Scholarship Application

All NEW applicants must complete steps 1-3:  Any returning applicant and all College Students must also complete step 4.

  1. Complete the Application and Activities forms below.
  2. Obtain and mail or email a copy of your high school record, which includes at least seven semesters of grades and all standardized test scores. This does not have to be an official transcript. If your ACT and/or SAT scores do not appear on your record, attach a copy of the scores as received from the College Board and/or ACT.   These are to be emailed to  If needed, a records request form is provided here High-School-Records-Request-Form
  3. Have all components submitted no later than the March 1, 2024. 
  4. Attention College Students: You must also submit current official transcripts of your grades from each college you have attended. Submit these to

A high school record is needed regardless of the applicant’s year in college.  

Please enter the full name of the college; no initials please.
If parent is eligible.
List activities in which you have participated (school clubs, student government, publications, varsity or club sports, theater arts, Scouting, etc.). Please indicate highest position held, how many years you've been involved, and the hours per week you spend on the activity.
List community agencies or organizations in which you have participated WITHOUT PAY during the last three years (religious groups, hospital volunteer, cultural activities, outreach programs, etc.). Indicate the total amount of hours in the past three years. Please define any acronyms.
List work experience for last three jobs you have held. Indicate the number of years spent on the job and an approximate number of hours worked each week.
I certify, to the best of my knowledge, that the information on this application is complete and accurate. Falsification of any information will cause my disqualification from the scholarship competition. I understand it is my responsibility to make sure this application is completed and submitted by the required postmark deadline listed on the application. Furthermore, I understand that if my application is not complete, or if I do not submit my application by the postmark deadline, I may be disqualified from the scholarship competition and may not be considered for a scholarship. This application, upon receipt, becomes the property of the Illinois Food Retailers Association Education Foundation and of Sands and Associates. To comply with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, I hereby give permission for school officials to release my secondary school record and other requested information, if necessary.
Please type your name.
If applicable
Signature date