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JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Deserving students were recently awarded scholarships from various industry organizations, including The Royal Group Inc. (RBG), the Network of Executive Women (NEW) and the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI).
NEW awarded $20,000 in scholarships to seven college students pursuing careers in the consumer products and retail industry. The Network will honor the scholarship awardees at the NEW Leadership Summit 2011, being held Sept. 19 to 20, in Orlando.
The scholarship winners receive a free one-year membership in NEW, the consumer product and retail industry's largest diversity organization. NEW said it has awarded $90,000 in scholarships since 2005.
"NEW has not only aided me in financing my school, but it has provided me with great networking opportunities," said Lashawndra Lawrence, a Tuskegee University graduate student who received a scholarship in 2010. "NEW has given me new insight regarding my role as a woman in industry and shown me that it is possible for women to be successful."
In other scholarship news, the recipients of the 2010 Royal Buying Group education scholarships were announced at the 2011 RBG Annual Programs Kick-Off Reception, held this spring. The scholarship dollars ($1,000 each) were generated from the Independent C-Store Networking Event and Golf Outing held by the Royal Buying Group at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club on Sept. 9, 2010.
The RBG Scholarship Program is open to eligible candidates that are high school seniors, or graduates who plan to or are enrolled at an accredited two or four-year college or university in the United States that will lead to an academic degree. Eligible candidates include Royal Buying Group members and/or their children.
The 2011 Royal Buying Group education scholarship program enrollment will open for applicants Oct. 1 of this year.
Lastly, PEI named the six recipients of the PEI Foundation's Charles D. Kemp Scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year. These scholarships recognize deserving students who are dependents of employees of PEI member companies.
The scholarships are named in honor and memory of Charles D. Kemp, longtime president of the White-Tucker Co. and president of PEI in 1972. Kemp was committed to the petroleum and energy handling equipment industry, and devoted to the betterment of his community. The scholarship awards seek to encourage and support students who reflect Kemp's values and character.
Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic achievement, leadership, character, need and the applicant's intent to contribute to the future of the petroleum and energy handling equipment industry. The program is administered by the Board of Governors of the PEI Foundation and a Scholarship Selection Committee named by the Board of Governors.