Jump Start Your Career with a Retail Scholarship

    TORONTO, March 5 /CNW/ - Students seeking a helpful start to a promising
career in retail should look no further than Retail Council of Canada's annual
Retail as a Career Scholarship Program.
    "Today's students are under a lot of pressure, be it financial, academic
or choosing their career path," says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO,
Retail Council of Canada (RCC). "The retail industry created the Retail as a
Career Scholarship Program to provide the financial assistance that many
students need and to increase awareness of retail's diverse career
opportunities in sales, marketing, human resources, technology, finance, loss
prevention and more."
    For 2007, RCC's Retail as a Career Scholarship Program will award twenty
$1,000 scholarships to post-secondary students across Canada. The scholarships
will assist students who are interested in pursuing an education in retail or
a business-related post-secondary program, such as fashion
merchandising/marketing, graphic design, advertising, communications,
sociology and human resources management. Applicants are judged by an
independent panel and are rated on their academic record, references and an
application essay.
    The 2007 scholarships will be presented to the 20 deserving winners at
STORE 2007 - Canada's Retail Conference, on June 4 and 5 in Toronto.
Scholarship winners will receive expenses-paid travel to STORE and will have
the opportunity to network with industry executives with a full conference
pass and an invitation to attend a special awards ceremony in their honour.
    Each year, RCC's Retail as a Career Scholarship Program attracts a
growing number of post-secondary students from across Canada, with more than
250 applications received in 2006. Retail Council of Canada and leading
Canadian retailers developed this initiative to recognize retail's future
stars by providing financial assistance to students pursuing a career in
retail. The retail community has invested more than $50,000 in this initiative
since the program's inception in 2001.
    The deadline for scholarship applications is Friday, April 13, 2007. For
more details, requirements and an application form, visit
www.retaileducation.ca or call (888) 373-8245.

    National Retail Facts:

    -   Retail is Canada's second-largest employer with approximately
        two million people employed in this sector.
    -   Retail is a major contributor to Canada's economy, recording
        $391 billion in sales in 2006.
    -   Retail is a career with opportunities in sales, marketing, human
        resources, technology, finance, loss prevention and more.

    Retail Council of Canada (www.retailcouncil.org) is the Voice of Retail.
It is a not-for-profit association representing more than 40,000 stores of all
retail formats, including independent merchants, regional and national mass
and specialty chains, and online merchants.

For further information:

For further information: Stephanie Petroff, Manager, National Public
Affairs, Retail Council of Canada, (416) 922-0553, ext. 228; e-mail

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