The Entertainment Merchants Association Scholarship Foundation has announced the two individuals that will receive academic scholarships of $1,500 per year for up to four years. This year’s recipients are Haadjer Benmerzouga and Emily Sargent. Haadjer Benmerzouga is a pharmacy technician for Giant Eagle graduating from Cleveland State this year with a 3.8 GPA. Benmerzouga has been accepted into Northeast Ohio Medical University to study pharmacy science. Emily Sargent will be graduating from high school in Illinois this month, and will be attending Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana to become an American Sign Language interpreter.
"We were impressed by the high level of academic achievement of both Haadjer and Emily and the passion each of them brings to their studies and their career choices," said Mark Fisher, President & CEO of the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA). "It is a privilege to be able to assist them in their education."
"It is truly a blessing and an honor to be recognized as one of the recipients," stated Benmerzouga. "This scholarship will ease my way as I continue my graduate studies. I am very thankful for this amazing opportunity."
"Last year, my father was diagnosed with kidney failure, endured dialysis, and finally received a kidney transplant," Sargent said. "Those unexpected experiences and mounting medical bills took my plans for college and made them no longer a certainty. With this scholarship, you have given back my ability to become a Sign Language Interpreter and speak for those people who cannot speak for themselves."
Established in 1987, EMA’s Scholarship Program has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to over 232 students.