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    Belk Scholars Program

    Georgia Southern University and Belk have teamed up to offer scholarship opportunities in the form of the Belk Scholars Program for students pursuing a career in retail related fields.

    Through a gift of $25,000 the Belk Scholars Program will be created and each year, $20,000 will be designated for the award of Belk Scholarships to the most promising University students who will also serve as interns for the company. The gift will also establish the Belk Student Travel Fund at $5,000 per year to provide opportunities for student travel to the National Retail Federation's BIG Show in New York City.

    “The partnership with Belk for the creation of the Belk Scholars Program is an exciting opportunity for Georgia Southern and our students,” said Vice President of University Advancement Salinda Arthur. “This creates an ideal outlet for students looking to brighten their future, and the University appreciates the confidence a national retail company such as Belk puts into our students and academic programs.”

    The Belk Scholars Program will not only benefit students at the University, but will also provide Belk with an ongoing source of strong potential managers, give the company a permanent footprint on Georgia Southern’s campus, link its name to a prestigious award and add to the University’s ability to engage students in valuable experiences.

    The inception of the Belk Scholars Program continues the long-lasting relationship between Belk and Georgia Southern. Last year, more University graduates were selected for Belk’s management trainee program than any other college in the nation, and two Georgia Southern alumni were among 10 Belk employees nationwide accepted into Belk’s Executive Training Program.

    At the local level, Belk of Statesboro has supported the University since 1970, gifting nearly $112,000 to a broad range of programs in academics and athletics, including the College of Business Administration’s Center for Retail Studies.

    Pictured in the photo are (L to R): Dana Ellis, Belk, Regional Visual Manager
    Salinda Arthur, Georgia Southern, VP for University Advancement
    Mark Sonenshein, Belk, VP Regional Store Manager
    Kathleen Gruben, Georgia Southern, Director Center for Retail Studies
    Brandi Todd, Belk, Statesboro Store Manager