Ask your supervisor if there are any awards you might be eligible for. Also, check your company's newsletter or the break room bulletin board where other announcements are posted. If you work for a large corporation, you should be able to obtain employee scholarship information from the company Web site (check the "Community Involvement" or "Education" section) or by contacting the corporate office.
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Don't dismiss your employer just because they're not a national corporation with a marquee name. Many small businesses, such as Erickson Retirement Communities, offer scholarships to their workers as well. Erickson, based in Baltimore, employs around 1,800 high school students in 10 communities located in six states. Last year, Erickson gave out more than $730,000 in scholarship funds to students who worked at the retirement communities, and more scholarships are being planned. To apply for the scholarship, you must have worked at least 1,000 hours over two years and plan to attend an accredited college. "Students can find out about the scholarship through the employee newsletter," says Kate Newton, a spokesperson for Erickson. "Also, fund raising goes on all year, so you might hear about the scholarship that way. And we have a student staff development manager who you can ask for more information." The Tennessee Grocers Association in Nashville, Tennessee, also offers renewable scholarships to their employees. Over the years, TGA has given out $1.6 million in scholarships. "A great benefit for us is that we have employers encouraging their employees to better themselves. We have an opportunity to help working people," says Wes Ball, president of the Tennessee Grocers Foundation. "I'm tickled that we've been able to help others. [The scholarship program] gives us great purpose to what we do." No matter what the size of your company is, ask your supervisor and check your company's Web site to find out whether there are any scholarship opportunities available to you. A scholarship for college would be a great supplement to your paycheck.