All residents of Michaels military and affordable living communities with a high school diploma or equivalent are invited and encouraged to apply. With the deadline extension, applications will be accepted until May 13, 2020.
Bruce Johnson, Ph.D., the independent educational consultant who handles the scholarship program for the foundation, announced the extension in light of COVID-19. Dr. Johnson also announced that, with many schools and universities currently closed, the foundation will accept unofficial grade transcripts.
The application can be downloaded from the foundation's website: www.MichaelsScholars.com.
“At Michaels, our mission is to create communities that lift lives,” said Michaels’ Chief Executive Officer John J. O’Donnell. “There is no better investment we can make than in someone’s education, and we want our residents to have ample opportunity to take advantage of the scholarship program under these difficult circumstances.”
Community site staff, Better Tomorrows supportive service coordinators, and Dr. Johnson are available by telephone or email to assist any interested residents who need help completing the application.
The foundation has committed to awarding at least $750,000 in scholarship funds for the 2020/2021 academic year.
The foundation hopes to mark 2020--its 30th year anniversary--with a record number of applications and by awarding a record amount of scholarships. In 2019, the foundation awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to Michaels’ residents for the academic year.
The Michaels Organization is a national leader in residential real estate and the largest privately held owner of affordable housing in the country. Since 1991, The Michaels Educational Foundation has awarded in excess of $8 million in scholarships to residents of the housing communities that Michaels owns and manages.
The scholarship awards, which range from $1,000 to $10,000 per student, are paid directly to the educational institution and can be used toward an undergraduate education at any accredited college, university, or vocational training program in the country.
All foundation funds are raised through voluntary contributions by companies and private individuals throughout The Michaels Organization’s business network. All donations are then matched $2 for every $1 by The Michaels Organization’s Founder and Chairman, Michael J. Levitt, and his wife, Pat Levitt.
Awards will be announced in June. Scholarship applications for residents of Michaels’ student living communities, which are administered separately, will be available in October.
The application is posted on The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation website. Completed applications should be mailed to: Dr. Bruce W. Johnson, The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 90708, Camden, NJ 08101.