Scholarships (Deadline For 2019 Has Passed)

Each year for more than a decade, the MCMA has been awarding scholarships to deserving students, both graduating High School Seniors, and those already enrolled in Institutions of Higher Education. Several Scholarships are awarded in the names of past members, for their enduring contributions to the Mission of the MCMA.

The qualifications are that the student is a Member or immediate family of an MCMA Member or Sponsor (*See details below) and that they submit the MCMA scholarship application accordingly. Applications go through a disciplined “blind” review process by a committee of active MCMA members, leading to the final selection of Scholarship winners.

The MCMA works to ensure that scholarship applicants are considered in a blinded fashion, thereby ensuring to the organization’s best ability, that no one on the scholarship committee or involved in the review process, is aware during deliberations of a candidate’s identity or their relationship to current or former MCMA members or sponsors until after the scoring process . This process ensures that each applicant is judged purely on the relative strength of their application and the quality of their responses.

Available Scholarships Include

The Laura Smith Scholarship Award-$1000

As Vice-president, Director of Management, Laura was a beacon of optimism at RMI Direct Marketing, known for her lively personality, integrity, intelligence and wit, contagious smile, superior professionalism, and even her practical jokes. Laura was a devoted daughter, sister, fiancé, friend and colleague who greatly impacted the hundreds of people who knew her, and the direct marketing industry as a whole. As an MCMA volunteer, Laura was instrumental in getting the MCMA scholarship program up and running. In honor of her hard work and dedication, the MCMA named this scholarship in her memory. 

The Glen Giles Scholarship Award- $1500

Over the course of his long fulfillment career, Glen regularly volunteered his time serving on the boards of several industry organizations and remained a good friend of the MCMA. Not only was he a wonderful mentor but also was extremely fair, objective, impartial and gifted with the social networking ability. Glen had a heart “as big as Texas” and has changed for the better, lives of many who had the opportunity to know him. Glen’s sudden passing in 2008 has robbed the industry of a good friend and colleague; one we will miss dearly. The MCMA has dedicated this scholarship award in his remembrance.

The Colleen Ryan Scholarship Award - $1000

Throughout Colleen’s impressive career she was a consummate professional, a natural leader and dedicated team-player, who was also a faithful industry presence, active in the FMA (precursor to today’s MCMA), setting standards and promoting best practices in all aspects of consumer marketing and fulfillment functions. Throughout her career, her capabilities were sought and enjoyed by several respected publishing companies, including Hearst, Conde Nast, Time Warner, American Express Publishing, and The New York Times Magazine Group, among others. Colleen, a “regular” at virtually all FMA functions, was recognized in 2002, as Fulfillment Manager of the Year. A loving sister and aunt, MCMA dedicates this scholarship in her remembrance.

Applicants Should Take Note:

Applicants must be currently enrolled or be an applicant to an accredited college, university, or institution for post-secondary education. Potential winners will be checked for acceptance status prior to the awarding of a scholarship. Prior winners are not eligible. 

*Immediate family is defined as any of the following as it relates to the employee of the MCMA/Corporate Member or Sponsor company: employee, parent or step-parent of the employee, children or stepchildren of the employee, a legal guardian of the employee, or any individual the employee has legal guardianship over.

** Members and sponsors must be in good standing, as of December 31, 2018, to quality for eligibility