Retailers Offer Students More Than $50,000 in Scholarships through Retail as a Career Scholarship Program

    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - According to recent census results released by
Statistics Canada, the retail industry is now the No. 1 career destination for
both men and women in Canada, and the sector also saw the largest growth in
absolute number of jobs between 2001 and 2006.
    These numbers are a reflection of the retail industry's growing
importance to the Canadian economy, said Diane J. Brisebois, President and
CEO, Retail Council of Canada (RCC), and they emphasize the need for programs
like RCC's Retail as a Career Scholarship Program, which offers students the
opportunity to consider retail as a career.
    "The retail industry in Canada has grown significantly in the past seven
years, and much of that growth can be attributed to the quality and dedication
of its employees," says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council
of Canada (RCC). "Retailers created the Retail as a Career Scholarship Program
to provide the financial assistance that many students need to complete their
studies, and also to increase awareness of retail's many career opportunities
in sales, marketing, human resources, information technology, finance, and
loss prevention, among other areas."
    Retail Council of Canada and leading Canadian retailers developed this
initiative in 2001 to recognize retail's future stars and to encourage
students at the high school and post-secondary levels to consider retail as a
career. This year, Retail Council of Canada and its retail partners are
awarding more than $50,000 in scholarships and benefits to retail employees
who are entering or currently enrolled in a retail- or business-related
post-secondary program. Applicants are judged by an independent panel and
rated on their academic record, references and application essay.
    Scholarship recipients will receive financial assistance toward their
post-secondary education costs, in addition to an all-access pass, including
travel and accommodation, to attend STORE 2008 - Canada's Retail Conference in
Toronto on June 2-3, 2008. All scholarship recipients will be recognized
during the conference's closing Canadian Retail Hall of Fame Luncheon.
    The deadline for scholarship applications is Friday, March 28, 2008. For
more details and an application form, visit or call (888)

    Retail Facts:

    -   Retail is Canada's second-largest employer, with more than
        two million people employed in this sector.
    -   Retail is a major contributor to Canada's economy, recording
        $412 billion in sales in 2007.
    -   The retail sector saw the largest growth in absolute number of jobs
        between 2001 and 2006, up 1.8% per year on average, for a total gain
        of 155,800 employees in that time. (Source: Statistics Canada)

    About RCC

    Retail Council of Canada ( 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: Mitchell Brown, Editor, Publications and
Communications, Retail Council of Canada, at (416) 922-0553, ext. 286,
toll-free (888) 373-8245 ext. 286, e-mail

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