The “StorageMart ScholarSmarts” essay contest awarded $5,000 to five students from across North America. “ScholarSmarts” awards $10,000 in gifts annually and is open to any student enrolled in any institution of higher learning. The program allows for a wide spectrum of entrants, particulars non-traditional students.
StorageMart, a full-service storage company with more than 130 locations across the United States and Canada, announced on January 17, 2012 the winners of the StorageMart “ScholarSmarts” scholarship program. Designed to reward students from any level of higher education in the United States or Canada who may not otherwise find themselves eligible for more “traditional” scholarships, the program will provide five students with $1,000 gifts.
Recipients of the Winter 2012 ScholarSmarts Scholarships are:
Jennifer Lopes-Silva of Baylor University (Waco, Texas)
Alan Shields of Ozarks Technical Community College (Springfield, Missouri)
Isabela Guizan of Broward College (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
Simone Samuels of McGill University (Montreal, Quebec)
Chelsea Schultz of Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona)
Recipients were chosen on the basis of essays written answering the question “What link is there between a clutter-free workspace and increased productivity?” or “How has self storage improved your lifestyle?” Winning essays have been published to the Storage Insider, StorageMart’s blog. The winning essays were chosen from a pool of nearly 200 submissions.
ScholarSmarts differs from many scholarship programs in that its eligibility is open to any student enrolled at any college, university, apprenticeship program or other institution of higher learning. This open eligibility was designed to allow for a wide spectrum of students, but particularly non-traditional students, to apply.
Additionally, the $1,000 gifts are given directly to the recipients, allowing for their use toward any expenses involved with the pursuit of higher education, whether they be tuition, books, rent/mortgage or even child care.
StorageMart ScholarSmarts is just the latest program from StorageMart. The company also supports local charities within its communities, including Habitat for Humanity and the Ronald McDonald House, as well as many adoption and foster programs, local animal rescue missions and more.