FORT MILL, S.C. — Broad River Retail, an HNN 125 Ashley HomeStore licensee, awarded $65,000 in scholarships to seven recipients through its Founders Scholarship Fund for the 2022-2023 academic school year.
Scholarship amounts were awarded in different tiers: silver, gold, platinum, and diamond. The scholarship grants were up to $15,000 annually, divided equally between two semesters. The funds may be used for tuition, books, fees, and approved housing provided by the school.
Twenty-three candidates applied for the Founders Scholarship Fund. Candidates completed a scholarship application and answered writing prompts, including a “Life’s Best Memories” essay. Then winners “Memory Makers” (Broad River associates) and their family members are:
• Emelyne Henderson, Memory Maker Experience
• Melanie Maldonado, Retail Operations
• Laura Spencer, Retail Performance
• Douglas Innocenti, Jr., son of a Memory Maker
• Nicole Castoro, daughter of a Memory Maker
• Mikala Lymus, Inventory Control
• Cameron Flowers, son of a Memory Maker
“Broad River Retail is thrilled to provide scholarships to our Memory Makers and their families to help further their educational journeys,” President and CEO Charlie Malouf said in a release. “The Founders Scholarship Fund represents our commitment to provide opportunities to our Memory Makers and their families to thrive professionally and academically.”
“We are truly honored to recognize these seven individuals for their impressive achievements,” added Manny Rodrigues, Broad River Retail chief operating officer. “We wish them many successes in their pursuit of higher education and look forward to seeing the amazing things they will accomplish.”
The company will celebrate the recipients at a reception in June.
The Founders Scholarship Fund was established to create opportunities for Memory Makers and students affiliated with Broad River Retail to create their best memories and to thrive without financial burden. BRR launched the Fund in 2019. The inaugural class of recipients for the 2019-2020 academic year had five winners awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships.