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Worldwide ERC® Foundation for Workforce Mobility Scholarship Program

The Worldwide ERC® Foundation for Workforce Mobility was established in 2004 with a mission to inspire employee relocation professionals to impact change by supporting families in need. Its vision is that all communities touched by global mobility are actively aware of, inspired by and engaged in charitable efforts, worldwide.

The Foundation for Workforce Mobility works in cooperation with our regional relocation councils to support a student scholarship program for high school seniors and undergraduate students. 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 for Workforce Mobility scholarship pool.  As a result, there is an opportunity to be awarded funds from both MERC and the Foundation.  The minimum regional award is $500. 

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

  • Have relocated for any reason (corporate relocation, personal relocation, temporary move for a study exchange program, attended an ex-pat school, moved under refugee or asylum seeking conditions, moved/will be moving for the first time from home to new school/college, etc)

  • Submit an essay/video (of not less than 1,000 words and in Word format not a PDF, or 3-5 minute video) that, at a minimum addresses the student applicant’s challenges and experiences encountered while relocating or preparing to relocate to his or her new home and 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/video contain any advice the student applicant would give to another preparing to relocate.

  • Be sponsored by recognized regional relocation group, such as the Minnesota Employee Relocation Council
  • Be a high school senior or undergraduate student 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 April 15th of each year. The MERC award winning applicant will be submitted to WERC.

Congratulations to our
Scholarship winners!

Taylor Posey, 2021 Winner

Payton Sapletal, 2020 Winner

Ethan Kist and Trinity Duran, 2019 Winners

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 Foundation for Workforce Mobility will award scholarships prior to the last day of the month of August, and Regional Group must distribute funds accordingly.

Please send application 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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