With the recent merger of the Illinois Food Retailers Association into the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, the Education Foundation is now officially named IRMA Foundation.
There are two important developments of which you should be aware.
During this transition year, scholarships funded by the Foundation will be withheld for the 2021-22 academic year as corporate by-laws, governing structure and the scholarship application criteria will all be under review. We are diligently working towards necessary improvements to the program.
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.
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 email@example.com
IRMA Foundation 2020/21 Scholarship Application
All NEW applicants must complete steps 1-3: Any returning applicant and all College Students must also complete step 4.
Complete the Application and Activities forms below.
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 Ddurkin@irma.org. If needed, a records request form is provided here High School Records Request Form – 2021-22
Have all components submitted no later than the March 1, 2021.
Attention College Students: You must also submit current official transcripts of your grades from each college you have attended. Submit these to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A high school record is needed regardless of the applicant’s year in college.
The Illinois Retail Merchants Association benefits Illinois retailing through effective engagement with retailers, the general public, policy makers, and the media regarding the impact legislative and regulatory proposals will have on the success of retail operations and serves as a valuable resource for its members.