Center for Retail Excellence Scholarship Program
What is it?Are you considering starting a retail or service business? If so, this program is an excellent place for you to start!
The online Certificate in Retail Operations (CROPS) strives to fill the competency gap in retail operations, equipping participants with the education and skills to overcome the challenges inherent in starting or advancing their careers in the retail industry. This 14-week program is broken up into seven topic areas (2 weeks in length), each representing the 7 Behaviors of Retail Excellence (Startup, Retail Accounting, Marketing and Advertising, Merchandising and Inventory Management, HR Management, LP and Security, and Business Planning). Classes can be taken individually or as a course of study.
The Center for Retail Excellence (CRE) Scholarship Program is brought to you by the York County Economic Development Authority (EDA) and the Retail Alliance.
How much is it?
Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to York County residents or licensed business owners. The EDA offers a matching scholarship that covers 50% of class costs, up to $500 per business, for the successful completion of the Retail Alliance’s CROPS Certificate Program. The total cost of the online course is $495, so scholarships are typically in the amount of $247.50 and are awarded upon the successful completion of the program.
Who is eligible?
Your business must have a current York County Business License at the time of grant application and this license must remain paid and active until one year after the date grant funds are received; or you must currently live in York County and provide proof of residence. If you close and/or relocate your business out of York County or change your main residence address within one year of receiving grant funds, you must repay 50% of the total grant awarded.
How does it work?
- Submit a scholarship application via email, fax, mail, or in person and form W-9. Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis by York County EDA staff.
- Staff will acknowledge receipt of your application and will inform you of your application’s status with a return letter/email.
- If approved, you must pay for the class in full and successfully complete the course.
- Once the course is successfully completed, you must request that CRE staff notify the York County EDA in writing.
- York County Economic Development staff will then provide you with the reimbursement payment.
Where do I submit my application?
Submit scholarship application via:
- Email: EconDev@YorkCounty.gov
- Fax: 757-890-4011
- Mail: York County Economic Development, P.O. Box 612, Yorktown, VA 23690
- In person: York County Economic Development, 224 Ballard St., Yorktown, VA 23690