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Apply for the Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship today

It's easier than you think!

If you're considering going to school, and are a Meijer team member or a child of a Meijer team member, consider applying for the Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship – you could receive one of two $10,000 awards, or one of numerous $2,500 awards.

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Who should apply?

Who should apply?

Meijer Team Members and Children of Meijer Team Members with one year of continuous service by the application deadline date (April 1, 2014).

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Timeline

Timeline

January 1:
Online application opens
April 1:
Application deadline, 5PM EDT

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What you need to know

What you need to know

  1. Your name and contact information
  2. Your Meijer EMPLID (or your parent's, if you are a child of a team member)
  3. Where and why you're going to school

Frequently Asked Questions


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Grand Rapids Community Foundation
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Eligibility Requirements

The Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship is a private scholarship fund established by Fred and Lena Meijer in 1975 for children of Meijer team members and enhanced in 2010 to include Meijer Team Members. The scholarship is for undergraduate study at an educational institution or training school within the United States. Scholarship awards are determined by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, a non-profit agency. To be considered for an award, the application form must be completed and submitted online by 5 PM April 1.

The number of scholarships awarded annually varies depending on the number of applicants and the income available each year. The scholarships are competitive and can only be awarded to a limited number of applicants based on regulations set forth by the IRS for Corporate Scholarship Programs. Scholarships are not renewable; however, recipients may submit a new application each year and will be considered as a new applicant during the selection process.

Eligibility Requirements

For the year for which the application is being submitted, the applicant must be either:

  1. A current Meijer team member who has been employed full-time or part-time by Meijer, with at least one year of continuous service on the application deadline date (April 1), and will be attending college/university or technical school either part-or full time or,
  2. A dependent child (natural, legally adopted, or step-child) of a current Meijer Team Member who has been employed full-time or part-time by Meijer, with at least one year of continuous service on the application deadline date (April 1), who will be attending college/university or technical school full time or,
  3. A dependent child of a former Meijer team member who worked full-time or part-time for Meijer for at least one year, but whose employment was terminated due to death, retirement, or total and permanent disability, who will be attending college/university or technical school full time.

The scholarship cannot be used to complete a graduate level program. Children of Meijer company officers, board of directors, or shareholders are not eligible for a scholarship.

Selection

The determination of the scholarship recipients will be within the sole discretion of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation's Board of Trustees, based on the advisory committee's recommendations. Meijer team members and officials do not participate in the decision-making process.

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation will consider (inclusively) academic or technical achievements, financial need, special circumstances, and participation in school and community-based activities/organizations in the selection of scholarship award winners.

All awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin.

Definition of Financial Need

If your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) calculation, is more than the cost of attendance at your chosen college or university, you will not qualify for the Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship. Likewise, if the sum of your EFC plus any merit and/or other financial aid (excluding loans) exceeds your total expense budget, you will not qualify for the Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship.

Application Process

Applications for the school term, commencing each fall, must be received online by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation no later than 5 PM on April 1.

The application will be reviewed for completeness and to verify that the eligibility requirements listed above have been met.

In addition to submitting online, you must print and submit the Financial Information page to the Financial Aid Office of the college/university the applicant is attending or is considering attending. It is the applicant's responsibility to complete the top half of the form, to send it to the college for completion, and to follow up with the college to ensure the form is returned to the Grand Rapids Community Foundation by April 15. Applications without a completed Financial Information page will not be considered for a scholarship award.

Please direct all inquiries to:

Grand Rapids Community Foundation
616-454-1751, or

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply for this scholarship?

To be eligible, you must be either:

  1. A current Meijer team member who has been employed full-time or part-time by Meijer, with at least one year of continuous service on the application deadline date (April 1), and who will be attending college/university or technical school either part-or full time or,
  2. A dependent child (natural, legally adopted, or step-child) of a current Meijer Team Member who has been employed full-time or part-time by Meijer, with at least one year of continuous service on the application deadline date (April 1), who will be attending college/university or technical school full time or,
  3. A dependent child of a former Meijer team member who worked full-time or part-time for Meijer for at least one year, but whose employment was terminated due to death, retirement, or total and permanent disability, who will be attending college/university or technical school full time.

If I am both an eligible Meijer team member AND an eligible child of a Meijer team member, how should I complete the application?

If you are a full-time student you are eligible for both scholarships. You should apply as both a Meijer team member AND a child of a Meijer team member by checking both boxes. In the Team Member Eligibility Verification sections, you should complete all answers that apply. Be sure to include your own Employee ID Number, Unit Number and Dates of Employment in the upper section, and your parent's Employee ID Number, Unit Number, and Dates of their Employment in the lower section. Your application will be included for consideration in both groups but all applicants are limited to one scholarship yearly.

Can I apply if I am attending school part-time?

Meijer Team Members can apply if they are attending school part time.

Children of Team Member must be attending school full-time (12 or more credit hours per semester) in order to be eligible.

Do I need to re-apply if I received a Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship last year?

Yes. The Scholarship is a one-year award. You may submit a new application each year if you continue to meet the minimum requirement for credit hours and you will be considered a new applicant during the selection process.

Can scholarships be used for graduate and professional-level study?

No. Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarships are for students pursuing undergraduate studies.

Which schools can I attend with this scholarship?

Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarships are for any college, university, vocational, technical, or specialized educational institution in the United States.

Is the scholarship based on need?

Yes. However, financial need is not the only factor. The applicant's academic achievements and participation in other school and community activities are also considered.

Since the Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarships are based partially on financial need, is it worth applying if my parents' adjusted gross income is above a certain amount or if I know I am receiving a large scholarship from the school?

There are other factors that are considered when determining financial need such as number of family members and the cost of attendance at the academic institution. As a general rule, if your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is more than the cost of attendance at the school, you will not qualify for financial need-based scholarships. Likewise, if the school provides a large sum merit award or other aid (other than loans), you may not qualify for financial need-based scholarships.

Is there a way to estimate my Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?

We suggest using the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator (FAFSA4caster) found at this link on the https://fafsa.ed.gov?FAFSA/app/f4cForm?execution=e1s1 website. After you enter your student income, parent income, and cost of attendance at your prospective academic institution, it will calculate an amount based on U.S. Department of Education EFC formulas.

Accessing the Application

Is this application available at a Website?

Yes. The Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship application, a complete list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and Financial Aid information are available online at MeijerScholarship.eGrant.net. Applications must be submitted online. Complete instructions are provided at the website. Applications are to be completed on personal computers on personal time.

What if I do not have access to a computer?

Please contact your Retail Administrative Assistant, Unit Administrative Assistant, or Department Support for assistance, information, etc. Learning Centers may be used on break/lunch or personal time. Local libraries may also be a viable resource.

Financial Information

Who fills out the application and Financial Information page?

Application: The student must complete and submit the entire application online by 5 p.m. EDT, April 1.

Financial Information Page: The student completes and signs the TOP HALF of the page. A parent, stepparent, or legal guardian signature is also required unless the student meets the FAFSA definition of an Independent Student (24 years of age, married, primary provider for a dependent child, or a veteran).

It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit the Financial Information page (only) to the school's Financial Aid Office for the BOTTOM HALF to be completed by a Financial Aid Officer. (Do not separate the page). The entire completed page is to be sent via U.S. mail to the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, 185 Oakes SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 by April 15.

Why is my parents' income considered when I am going to be the one paying for my education?

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation supports the Federal Methodology formula created by Congress. It is based on the premise that it is the parents' and a student's joint responsibility to provide funds for higher education from their income and assets (to the extent that they are able). As a general rule, a student is considered independent when he/she turns 24 years of age, marries, is the primary provider for a dependent child, or is a veteran.

How is financial need determined?

Students/families seeking financial assistance should begin the process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form or online. Through detailed information provided on the application, a Student Aid Report (SAR) is issued. The SAR, in turn, is submitted with college applications.

What is FAFSA?

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) allows you to apply for student financial aid. Schools use the information you provide on FAFSA to figure out if you are eligible to receive money from federal grants, loans, and work-study programs. Since most scholarships are need-based, it is necessary to complete the FAFSA by your state's established deadline.

Why do I need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

The U.S. Department of Education FAFSA website is www.fafsa.ed.gov . The Financial Aid Office of your first-choice academic institution will use information from the FAFSA to complete their portion of the Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship Financial Information page. Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship applications are not considered complete without the Financial Information page.

How and when do I complete the FAFSA?

Typically, high school students are introduced to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in their senior year. School guidance offices have information pertaining to FAFSA, which is a basic requirement regardless of which need-based scholarship you are applying for.

The FAFSA can be submitted hard-copy or online. School guidance offices usually have hard-copy applications available.

To apply online, access the following website: www.fafsa.ed.gov.

If I am undecided about which college I am attending, where should I submit my Financial Information page?

Submit the Financial Information page to an academic institution you have been accepted to and that has, or will receive, your FAFSA information. If you are still undecided between a public or private institution, have the institution with the higher cost of attendance complete your Financial Information page. It must be received at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation by April 15 to be considered for a scholarship award.

Dates and Deadlines

When is the deadline to have my application submitted to the Grand Rapids Community Foundation?

Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. April 1 EDT. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

The Financial Information page completed by the Financial Aid Office of your first-choice academic institution must be received by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation no later than April 15. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the Financial Information page is completed by the academic institution and received by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation by the April 15 deadline.

When will I find out if I have been awarded a Fred and Lena Meijer Scholarship?

All applicants will receive a letter from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation regarding award decisions by the end of June.

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Is an unofficial transcript of my grades okay?

Yes. An unofficial transcript or Internet printout of your transcript is acceptable as long as it is clearly labeled with your name, current academic year, your cumulative grade point average, and the name of the academic institution. High school seniors will need to furnish a copy of their high school transcript. Grade point average must be reported based on a 4.0 un-weighted scale. If you earned a GED, please provide a copy of your GED certification.

Aspirations and Educational Goals Statement

How important is the information I provide in my Aspirations and Educational Goals statement?

The written portion of the application should be approximately 500 words in length. The statement of your personal aspirations and educational goals will set you apart from other applicants. Each statement is read and reviewed as part of the selection process. It is important that you address each point outlined in the Aspirations and Educational Goals section of the application. Neatness is considered in scoring.

Receipt of Scholarship

If I am awarded a scholarship, how much will I receive?

Scholarship awards are $2,500. Two scholarships for up to $10,000 (one each in Fred and Lena's name) are also available. This amount may be adjusted for part-time students. The academic institution is asked to divide the award between two semesters.

Are these scholarships taxable?

The scholarship award is to be applied directly to college expenses at the institution, such as tuition, fees, and books. Monies received for tuition, fees, and books may not incur tax liability while monies applied to room and board may be considered taxable income. Consult your tax professional for additional reporting responsibilities.