Scholarship Resource Page

Worldwide Employee Relocation Council, WERC®, established in 1964, is a trade association for talent management and global mobility professionals worldwide. Our network includes nearly 1,600 corporations and 10,000 service industry members across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia and the Americas.

It is the mission of WERC, along with smaller regional relocation councils, such as the Minnesota Employee Relocation Council (MERC), to engage, advocate, inspire and educate for and within our mobility industry on relocation related topics. We invite, connect and energize all professionals around the world who have business involvement in, and a curiosity about, talent mobility. We curate information, build content, heighten competence, raise efficiency and grow knowledge and leadership for our community.

The WERC Foundation works in corporation with our regional relocation councils to support a student scholarship program for high school seniors. Students apply via a regional relocation council, in this case the Minnesota Employee Relocation Council.  One student will be selected for the regional scholarship and that student is automatically entered into the WERC Foundation scholarship pool.  As a result, there is an opportunity to be awarded funds from both MERC and WERC.  The minimum regional award is $500. 

To qualify for participation in the scholarship program, students with relocation experience must:

  •  Submit an essay (of not less than 1,000 words in Word format, not a pdf) addressing the student’s challenges and experiences encountered while relocating to a new home and new high school as well as any successes achieved.  It should include your personal story and lessons learned as a result of the transition.  It is recommended, but not required, that the essay contain any advice the student applicant would give to another preparing to relocate. 
  • Be sponsored by a Worldwide ERC recognized regional group, such as the Minnesota Employee Relocation Council.
  • Have relocated to a new area not less than 50 miles and have changed high schools once in the past four years.
  • Be a high school senior in good standing (signature of school official required)
  • Provide documentation of a GPA of 2.5 or better on a scale of 4.0
  • Provide SAT/ACT scores
  • Provide a list of extracurricular activities
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from instructor, coach or mentor
  • Complete and submit application on this website
  • Send all documented qualifications to no later than close of business on February 15. The MERC award winning applicant will be submitted to WERC.

Students will be selected based on academic performance, recommendations from instructor, coach or mentor of such applicant or any others who have knowledge of the applicant’s capabilities, the applicant’s motivation, character, ability, or potential, and plans to pursue a post-secondary education.

The above information and our application can be found here.  Please send submissions to 

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MERC is 501(C)(6) non profit organization.  Minnesota Employee Relocation Council | PO Box 582752 | Minneapolis, MN | 55458

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