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Trader Joe's College Scholarship & Vernon Boykin Scholarship
Application status: Closed

Trader Joe’s has established two scholarship programs, The Trader Joe’s College Scholarship and the Vernon Boykin Scholarship, to assist Crew Members who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

These programs are administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. Awards are granted without regard to creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to the Trader Joe’s College Scholarship Program must be:

  • Crew Members who have worked 900 or more hours in the twelve-month period preceding May 31, 2021.
  • 2021 high school graduates, current undergraduates or graduate students pursuing a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree who plan to enroll in full- or part-time study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school during the Fall 2021 academic term (August 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021.)

Applicants to the Vernon Boykin Scholarship must meet one of the following eligibility combinations:

  • Be an Eligible Crew Member* who self-identifies as Black or African American.
    OR
  • Be the immediate family member (spouse or dependent child under age 26) of an Eligible Crew member* who self-identifies as Black or African American.

AND

  • Be a 2021 high school graduate, current undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree who plan to enroll in full- or part-time study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school during the Fall 2021 academic term (August 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021.)
    OR
  • Have unpaid student loans

*Eligible Crew Members must be currently employed by Trader Joe’s and have worked 900 or more hours in the twelve-month period preceding May 31, 2021

Awards

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award determined by Trader Joe’s College Scholarship Committee. Award amounts fluctuate annually based on the total number of applicants.

Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, a consideration statement, and an optional statement of financial need. Applicants are not required to provide financial information, however, financial need will be considered in determining the award amount. Award amounts fluctuate annually based on the total number of applicants.

Applicants who submit a completed Student Aid Report will be considered separate from those who do not.

All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Notification

Applicants will be notified in late October. Recipients of the Trader Joe’s College Scholarship will be required to submit proof of enrollment. Recipients of the Vernon Boykin Scholarship will be required to submit proof of enrollment or a current loan statement. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Payment of Scholarships

Trader Joe’s processes scholarship payments. College Scholarship awards are made directly to recipients from October to December through payroll following verification of current enrollment.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  • Optional: Student Aid Report (SAR). Applicants who submit a completed Student Aid Report will be considered separate from those who do not.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

Trader Joe's has partnered with Scholarship America. Select the button below to be redirected to the Scholarship America Student Hub!