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EZstorit Announces Scholarships for Self-Storage Employees, Family Members

Update 9/13/22 – After reviewing more than 400 applications, has awarded its 2022 Self Storage Employee Scholarships to college students Jared Jennings and Maddison Mair.

An employee of Pack It In Storage in Forest Park, Illinois, Jennings is a college junior pursuing an undergraduate degree at Bradley University. He achieved a 4.0 grade-point average in high school while also participating in varsity basketball, cross country and track as well as student clubs, band and government. He was a member of the National Honor Society.

Mair is a receptionist at Protection Self Storage in Park City, Utah. She’s in her second year pursuing a degree in elementary education at Snow College. Born and raised in Heber City, Utah, she played volleyball and competed in all three throw disciplines (discus, javelin and shotput) in girl’s track and field in high school. She also works as a food server at a local restaurant.

“Once again, we are thrilled to award these accomplished students $500 toward their education expenses,” Preston said. “We have been very fortunate that our business keeps growing and that we are able to continue to give back to students working in the self-storage industry.”

9/8/21 – After reviewing more than 400 applications, has awarded its 2021 Self Storage Employee Scholarships to college students Jonathan Herberger and MiKayla McGuire.

Herberger’s mother works for Anchor Self Storage in Clover, South Carolina. He’s a senior at Coastal Carolina University, where he’s pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business. He enjoys working out, and after he graduates this December, he hopes to own or manage his own gym.

McGuire is an accounting specialist at U-Store-It in Macomb, Illinois. A sophomore studying accounting at Western Illinois University (WIU), she’s “already putting lessons learned in daily life at her job,” company officials said. She’s also treasurer for the WIU National Society of Collegiate Scholars. During her free time, she enjoys hiking and kayaking.

“We are just delighted to award these outstanding students $500 toward their education expenses,” said Lee Preston, director of marketing and promotion for EZstorit.

3/5/21 – has launched its 2021 “Self Storage Employee Scholarship” campaign, which will award two people with $500 each. Applications will be accepted through July 25.

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited college, university or technical school this fall. They must demonstrate successful completion of the previous year’s study by maintaining at least a 2.75 accumulated grade point average. They’re also required to be a current employee or immediate family member of an employee for any self-storage facility in Canada, Puerto Rico or the United States. Finally, each applicant is required to submit a 500- to 750-word essay on one of the following topics:

  • Tell us the best advice you’ve ever received, who told it to you and whether or not you followed it.
  • If you could give any advice to an incoming high school student, what would it be?

The company’s Get Ahead Scholarship Committee will base its evaluation for awards on the materials submitted. The winners will be contacted via email and announced on in mid-August.

8/28/20 – announced the recipient of its Self Storage Employee Scholarship. After reviewing more than 400 applications, the scholarship committee chose Marissa Gorjizadeh, an employee of Storage Inn Self Storage in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

In addition to pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University, Gorjizadeh is a bodybuilding competitor. Her leadership skills and academic excellence helped her stand out from other applicants, according to an EZstorit press release. “We are just delighted to award Marissa this scholarship and $1,000 toward her education expenses,” Preston said.

2/19/20, an online directory that helps consumers find and choose self-storage facilities in North America, has launched a scholarship program for self-storage employees and their immediate family members. The “ Self Storage Employee Scholarship” will award one recipient $1,000 to help cover costs associated with pursuit of higher education at an eligible college, university or technical school in Canada, Puerto Rico or the United States, according to a press release.

The online application portal will be open March 5 to July 25, and there’s no fee to apply. The winner will be contacted via e-mail and announced on in mid-August.

“The self-storage industry has been good to us. Just like college can be costly, so can online marketing. We pride ourselves in offering affordable, nationwide online-marketing options for the self-storage industry, especially independent operators,” said Lee Preston, director of marketing and promotion. is also partnering with Campus Storage to offer valet-storage pickup and return service at select schools. Students can sign up at to schedule service or order packing and moving supplies. also provides college grants outside the self-storage industry through its “ Get Ahead Scholarship” program, which was launched in 2016.

Founded in 2015, and its affiliate sites—, and—allows customers to compare facility amenities and reserve units. It offers flat-rate pricing for self-storage owners who wish their facilities to be listed on the sites, the release stated.

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