The Make Your Own Scholarship Program is another incentive for partners at Stewart’s Shops. The Scholarship Selection Committee has just awarded $350,000 to 85 students in the Stewart’s family for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Students in this program will be attending major universities, SUNY colleges, community colleges and vocational schools. About one-third of these students will be entering their first year of higher education in the fall. These students will be studying in a variety of fields including engineering, criminal justice, accounting, nursing, and business administration.
In 1999, Philly Dake established the Make Your Own Scholarship program to help parents with the high cost of a college education. She used the Make Your Own phrase to emphasize that students are in control of their education. Philly understood that although money provides an opportunity, true learning only occurs when students apply themselves to the task and discover that you do indeed Make Your Own education. This scholarship program has provided nearly 800 scholarships totaling over $3.6 million.
The MYO Scholarship program is available for the immediate family members of active employees, who are ESOP participants.