WMU News

Two seniors earn $1,000 retail scholarships

Nov. 6, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Two Western Michigan University students recently were honored by the International Mass Retail Association Foundation, when they received two of the first awards in the organization's Careers in Retailing Scholarship Program.

Sara J. Seabright and Psychelia V. Smith were among 10 students nationwide to receive $1,000 scholarships through the IMRA Foundation to be used toward tuition during the 2002-03 academic year. Seabright, of Frankenmuth, Mich., is a senior majoring in textile and apparel studies with a management minor. Smith, also a senior, is from Benton Harbor, Mich., and is majoring in marketing.

The IMRA Foundation supports initiatives that foster interest in retailing as a career, enhance the knowledge of those employed in the retail industry, and advance the state of retailing through mentoring programs and community outreach. The Careers in Retailing Scholarship Program is a new function of the foundation, designed to support outstanding students who have chosen retail as their profession. Applicants to the program are required to be full-time students in a retail program, who have maintained a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average, and were of junior or senior status.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, 269 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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