Our Story

At Michaels, we share the vision that our residential communities can be a beautiful place to call home, as well as a launching pad for people to move to the next level of their lives. We believe in doing well by doing the extraordinary and that means investing in people.

Michael Levitt, our founder and chairman — and the Mike in Michaels–always says that education is the most effective investment we can make, so him and his wife Pat founded The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation in 1991. Every year since, the foundation has bestowed college scholarships to residents of our rental communities.

The Foundation was the first of its kind in the affordable housing industry when it was established and since its inception, the program has expanded to include residents of Michaels’ military and student living communities, and is monumental to The Michaels Organization’s mission of Creating Communities that Lift Lives.

For Scholars

Scholarship recipients are eligible to receive grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, which can be used toward educational expenses at any accredited college, university, or vocational training school in the nation. Scholarships are awarded annually, and students may reapply each year of their undergraduate education for continuing grants.

Affordable and Military Program

Every year, hundreds of Michaels Scholars from the company’s military and affordable properties are awarded funds that can be used toward higher education at any accredited college, university, or vocational training program in the country. Senior residents are also encouraged to apply for $500 grants that can used towards continuing education courses.

Student Living Scholarship Program

Students who reside at an on- or off-campus apartment community that is owned or managed by Michaels Student Living are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. The Scholars always represent a diverse group of individuals from all walks of life. Though their backgrounds and interests are all different, their dedication and drive for furthering their education and focusing on their future are all equivalent. Undergraduate, graduate and doctorate students who live at a Michaels community are eligible to apply for this spectacular honor.

Click here to apply for the Student Living Scholarship

Click here to view and download the 2021 MSL Scholarship Application 


To make Michaels’ deep commitment to giving back possible, foundation funds are raised throughout the year and come from contributions made by companies and private individuals throughout our 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. All life-changing donations go on to make a invaluable impact on our residents.

To donate any time of the year, please use this secure online link to do so: Click Here

Or you can text to donate by using the information below

Text to Donate: Text TMOEF to 202-858-1233

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Whether a Scholar wants to use their funds towards a doctorate degree with plans to conduct research with NASA for the Mission to Mars, or a resident goes back to school after 20 years to pursue their dreams in Horticulture Therapy to engage the local community, all Michaels Scholars have a unique story. Check out some success videos here!

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Investing In What Matters


11 Million Dollars

Since 1990, The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation has awarded $11 million in scholarship funds.


3,800 Scholars

A total of 3,800 scholars have been awarded grants to use towards their educational pursuits.


31 Years

For 31 years we have been committed to investing in our residents' futures, and we'll continue to change lives for many more years to come.

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The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation Announces 2020/21 Scholarship Opportunity

Feb. 24-- The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation, a non-profit affiliate of The Michaels Organization, is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for college scholarships from residents of Michaels’ affordable and military housing communities.   All …
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