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Local Business Creates New Scholarships for Maricopa Community Colleges Students

Tempe, AZ (PRWEB) April 13, 2012

In commemoration of 100 years in business, Merchants Information Solutions – a Phoenix-based company specializing in background screening and identify theft prevention – will provide a total of $50,000 in scholarships to Maricopa Community Colleges students.

Applications for the Merchants scholarships can be submitted beginning in early 2013; information will be posted on the Foundation’s website as it becomes available. Students seeking scholarships for the upcoming semesters can find information and apply for scholarships through the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.

“This gift is a great benefit to Maricopa students and an extraordinary gesture,” said Dr. Steven Helfgot, President and CEO of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. “We are grateful to Merchants for recognizing the importance of the education students receive here. It’s also a wonderful tribute when a company that started right here in the Valley 100 years ago is still thriving and continuing its commitment to the residents of Maricopa County.”

“We are honored to fund this new scholarship program providing local students with an opportunity to further their college education, regardless of their financial circumstances,” said Russ Johnson, President and CEO of Merchants.

“Serving on the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation board I have seen first-hand the positive impact scholarships have on students, and am proud to be able to help those in need. I strongly believe that attaining the best possible education is the key to long-term success in both business and in life,” continued Johnson.

About Merchants Information Solutions

Founded in 1912, Merchants Information Solutions is a national leader in background screening for employers and residential communities as well as a leader in ID Theft Restoration Affinity programs. Merchants is dedicated to delivering world-class identity theft and background screening solutions.

About the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation

The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization designated by the Maricopa County Community College District to receive and manage gifts on behalf of its 10 colleges.

The Foundation’s vision is to ensure educational access, opportunity, and excellence and to enrich individuals, communities and the economy in Maricopa County. In 2010 – 11, the Foundation awarded more than 2,700 scholarships, totaling $1,794,003. The average scholarship award was $634, with a range from $25 to $2,000.

The Maricopa County Community College District is one of the largest community college districts in the nation.

It includes 10 regionally accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Estrella Mountain Community College, GateWay Community College, Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix College, Rio Salado College, Scottsdale Community College and South Mountain Community College. The District also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, several satellite campuses and business/industry; technical and customized training institutes.

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