Four students from Rockford were awarded college scholarships from the Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) for the 2013-14 academic year. Chad Carlson, Jonathan Veitengruber, Allison Wilburn and Emily Wilburn were all awarded $1,000 scholarships.
Carlson is a graduate of Rockford High School and will be a freshman at Hope College in Holland in the fall. He is the son of Tom and Karen Carlson. Karen is an employee at Grand River Physical Therapy Specialists, P.C., an MRA-member organization in Ionia.
Veitengruber is a graduate of Rockford High School and will be a senior at Michigan State University in East Lansing in the fall. He is the son of Kurt and Tina Veitengruber. Kurt is an employee at Meijer, Inc. in Grand Rapids, an MRA-member business. Veitengruber received the Mark Schrag Scholarship, funded by contributions from former MRA board member Mark Schrag. The late Mr. Schrag owned and operated the former Season’s Fine Gifts store in Okemos.
Allison Wilburn and her sister, Emily, are also graduates of Rockford High School. Allison will be a senior at Albion College in the fall and Emily will be a freshman at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids. Allison and Emily are the daughters of Rick and Karen Wilburn. Karen is an employee at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, an MRA-member organization. Allison received an MRA scholarship in 2011. Allison received the Nathan Rosenfeld Scholarship, named for the late founder of Jacobson Stores, Inc. Emily was the recipient of the Barb Stein Legacy Scholarship, funded by contributions from former MRA board chair Barb Stein. Ms. Stein is the owner and operator of Great Northern Trading Co. in Rockford.
The scholarships are among 37 funded this year by the Michigan Retailers Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by MRA to benefit member businesses and their employees and families. Recipients were selected by an independent panel based on academic and extracurricular achievement.
Michigan Retailers Association represents nearly 5,000 members and their more than 15,000 stores and websites in Michigan. Retailing provides more than 850,000 jobs in Michigan.