In its 46th year, Two Ten Footwear Foundation announced that after receiving a record number of applications, 310 students will be awarded a total of $870,000 in scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year.
The footwear industry’s national charitable organization has helped make education more affordable for footwear industry families since 1969. Two Ten offers footwear employees and their families higher education scholarships to two or four year undergraduate programs based on financial need, academic ability and personal promise.
Vice Chairman and Chief Merchandising Officer of DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, Inc. and member of Two Ten Footwear Foundation’s Board of Directors and Chair of the Two Ten Scholarship Committee Debbie Ferrée said the soaring cost of higher education is leaving student and families in “crippling debt.” She added, “Two Ten understands the value and importance of investing in the education of the next generation. As a strong advocate for affordable education, I’m very proud to be leading Two Ten’s scholarship and education initiatives.”
In addition to Two Ten’s traditional scholarship offerings, the Footwear Warriors Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 to promote vocational and higher education among US military veterans who are employed or returning to work in the footwear industry following a tour of duty. Four veterans are receiving awards this year. In 2014, National Shoe Travelers also established a new higher education scholarship fund and ten scholarships will be provided this year.
Two Ten President Neal Newman said, “The more we grow our unique array of college and professional education scholarships, the more our footwear community thrives.”