The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation is a non-profit affiliate of The Michaels Organization that administers educational scholarship programs open to residents of all affordable and military housing communities owned or managed by companies of The Michaels Organization. Now in its 25th year of awarding scholarships, The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation was the first of its kind in the affordable housing industry when it was established by Michael and Patricia Levitt in 1991.
Committed to Giving Back
Our founder and CEO, Michael J. Levitt has embedded in our corporate culture a deep commitment to “giving back.” Foremost in this effort is enhancing educational opportunities for our residents.
Scholarship recipients receive grants ranging from $500 to $5,000, which can be used toward educational expenses at any accredited college, university, or vocational training school in the nation. Scholarships are awarded annually, and students may reapply each year of their education for continuing grants.
Throughout its history, scholarships from The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation have helped many high achieving, but economically disadvantaged students achieve their dreams of higher education, including many non-traditional and older students, many of whom never had a chance earlier in life to go to college or vocational school. The scholarships have made it possible for them to earn their degrees, advance their careers, and improve the economic circumstances for themselves and their families.
Foundation funds are raised through the financial support of corporations, companies, families, private trusts and individuals known throughout the Michaels business network. Michael and Patricia Levitt contribute $2 for every dollar raised by the Foundation.”
To date, more than $3.5 million in grants have been awarded, benefitting more than 1,800 students.