The North American Retail Hardware Association’s Retail Leadership Institute, in conjunction with True Value, is providing a scholarship to a True Value-affiliated retailer to send a student to the Spring 2019 Class of NRHA’s Retail Management Certification Program (RMCP), which is held in Indianapolis, IN. To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant must meet all program eligibility requirements and must complete a program application form, submit a written essay and participate in a phone interview with program administrators to determine if the applicant is eligible for admission into the program. 

Applicant Affiliation/Attendance Criteria

To be eligible for the True Value RMCP Scholarship, applicants must own or be employed by a True Value affiliated store in good standing and commit to attending all three visits of the Spring 2019 Class of the NRHA Retail Management Certification Program as follows:

Spring 2019 Session Schedule:

  • Visit #1: April 2-5, 2019

  • Visit #2: June 11-14, 2019

  • Visit #3: August 13-16, 2019

Program/Scholarship Application Process

Applying for the True Value Scholarship is easy.

  1. Complete/submit both parts of the Retail Management Certification Program application.
    a. Part 1 - Student application
    b. Part 2 - Sponsor/employer application and space reservation deposit (info below)

  2. Complete True Value Scholarship application/essay.
    (To apply by email or U.S. mail, please contact Tom Marcum at (317) 440-9782 or

  3. Complete phone interview with program administrator.

Judging Process

The written scholarship application/essay and phone interview recording and/or transcript will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of NRHA staff, NRHA Board Members, Retail Leadership Institute Advisory Board Members and program administrators who will award the True Value RMCP Scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be notified they have been selected no later than February 18, 2019. 

Scholarship Value and Redemption

The True Value RMCP Scholarship is valued at $6,250 and must be fully applied to offset the cost of tuition for the Spring 2019 session of the NRHA Retail Management Certification Program. If after being awarded the scholarship it is determined that the recipient can’t attend the Spring 2019 class sessions, the scholarship will be forfeited and another recipient will be selected. Course tuition for the NRHA Retail Management Certification Program is $9,950 if application is received by January 1, 2019. Otherwise, tuition is $12,500.

Space Reservation Deposit

All applicants who apply for admission into the NRHA Retail Management Certification Program will be required to submit a $1,500 Space Reservation Deposit that must be submitted with the application. If the applicant is not accepted into the program after completing the application process, the space reservation deposit will be refunded in full. Likewise, if the applicant has applied for the True Value RMCP Scholarship but is not selected to receive it and chooses not to attend, the space reservation deposit will be refunded in full. Submission of this form and the $1,500 Space Reservation Deposit indicates both the applicant and business owner understand and agree to the time and financial commitments required.