EMA Scholarship Foundation Awards Two Scholarships

2013 Award Recipients

Recipients Have Ties to Baker & Taylor and Giant Eagle

ENCINO, CA (June 5, 2013) … The Entertainment Merchants Association Scholarship Foundation has awarded two academic scholarships, it was announced today. The recipients will receive $1,500 per year for up to four years.

This year’s recipients are:

Haadjer Benmerzouga – Benmerzouga is a pharmacy technician for Giant Eagle, and will be graduating from Cleveland State this year with a 3.8 GPA. She has been accepted into Northeast Ohio Medical University to study pharmacy science.

Emily Sargent – 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. Sargent’s mother is employed by Baker & Taylor.

“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."

Sargent said, “Last year, my father was diagnosed with kidney failure, endured dialysis, and finally received a kidney transplant. 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.

EMA’s Scholarship competition is open each year to high-school seniors who will be entering college as freshmen in the following year, undergraduates currently attending a four-year college institution, and graduate students. Employees, and children and spouses of employees, of EMA regular and associate member companies are eligible. Scholarship awards are limited to colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) is the not-for-profit international trade association dedicated to advancing the interests of the $34 billion home entertainment industry. EMA-member companies operate approximately 40,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and 50,000 around the world that sell and/or rent DVDs, computer and console video games, and digitally distributed versions of these products. Membership comprises the full spectrum of retailers (from single-store specialists to multi-line mass merchants, and both brick and mortar and online stores), distributors, the home video divisions of major and independent motion picture studios, video game publishers, and other related businesses that constitute and support the home entertainment industry. EMA was established in April 2006 through the merger of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) and the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA).


For more information, please contact:

Sean Bersell

Vice President, Public Affairs

Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) 818-531-4362 or 


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