The Piggly Wiggly Scholarship will be awarded to 4 students tomorrow, May 16th, at the ESCC Community Room located in the Student Center. The Piggly Wiggly Scholarship was initiated by the generous owner of local Enterprise locations (Mike Patel). In the month of March 2.5% of earnings were set aside to help students with a demonstrated need for degree completion. 4 (3 Enterprise State, 1 Alabama Aviation) students were selected to receive award in the amount of $635 each.
Magnesh Patel, owner of both Piggly Wiggly locations in Enterprise, created a scholarship inspired by the work of Women Who Care Director Harolyn Benjamin.
Piggly Wiggly products are sold at cost plus a 10 percent surcharge. Patel said 2.5 percent of each stores surcharge collected during March will be used to fund the scholarship.
To apply for the scholarship, students must be an active participant of ESCC’s Student Support Services, must have a financial need as determined by ESCC’s Financial Aid Office, must provide current transcripts and must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better in all courses.
Students must also “be active in the community,” according to the application. Applicants are required to have completed a minimum of 20 community service hours in the last two years, participate in at least one extracurricular activity or receive recognition by an educator or community member as being a positive influence on others.
Students are also required to write a 300- to 500-word essay. Topics are provided with the application.