The Sherwin Williams Outstanding Student Award

The Sherwin Williams Outstanding Student Scholarship Award was created to defray the cost of higher education for students who have displayed an outstanding work ethic.  Award money can be used toward textbooks, study materials, or any expense related to the cost of achieving higher education.  Students who are currently attending any 2-year or 4-year college or university within the state of Pennsylvania may apply.  Awards will be $100-$200.

This program is administered by the Council for Retail and Sales (CRS) at Penn State Lehigh Valley.  Every complete application received by the required deadline will be given a fair and careful evaluation.  Awards are given without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, disability or national origin.  All information will be held in strict confidence by CRS.  All applications become the property of CRS and cannot be returned.


Carefully review your completed application before it is submitted.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The CRS reserves the right to process only those applications found to be complete by the application postmark deadlines.


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Application Process

Applicants must either apply online, submit the following information to, or mail to: Elaine Thode, Council for Retail & Sales, 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley, PA 18034.

  • A completed application
  • A college transcript with grades & GPA (both official & unofficial accepted)
  • A resume, or list of extracurricular activities and applicable student leadership positions
  • A brief statement (500 words or less) explaining why you are interested in the retail and sales industry and where you think the future of retail is headed.

Applications must be received according to the following schedule:

Fall: Application must be submitted by July 1 for the upcoming fall semester.

Spring: Application must be submitted by December 1 for the upcoming spring semester.

Students may reapply each semester.


Selection Criteria & Notification

Award recipients are selected according to merit on a competitive basis.  In addition, applicants must demonstrate career and academic potential measured by a combination of factors, including past performance, extra-curricular activities, career objectives, and faculty referral.  You will receive a confirmation of application but only finalists will be contacted by the committee.  Fall recipients will be notified mid-September and spring recipients will be notified mid-February.


Award & Payment

The Sherwin Williams Outstanding Student Scholarship Award stipend is a one-time award of $100.  One $100 award will be given per semester until the funds are depleted.  Awards may be used in any year and are non-renewable.  Awards are paid in one installment.  Penn State students will receive the money in their PSU bursar account.  Students from other colleges or universities will be issued a check, which will be mailed to the address on the application.  Not all applicants will receive awards.


Revision Policy

The general conditions and procedures under which awards are made are subject to periodic review by the CRS and Sherwin Williams, including termination of the program.